Hi everyone. I hope your run up to Christmas is going well. I had a big push this weekend and decorated the house, wrote all of my Christmas cards and even did all of my online shopping, I know far too organised!
It got me thinking though, I’ve been focussing on using less plastic as a household for a few years now. And this applies to my Christmas décor. A few years back I switched from plastics to buying pieces for the tree and around the house that were made from natural materials, such as fabric and felts, wood and porcelain. It’s made such a difference to the look and feel of my décor, much more textural and natural, and homier in a way.
So, I thought I would give you guys some tips on how to decorate your home with a more environmentally friendly take, I’m hoping that together we can reduce waste at this time of year and still get to enjoy the festivities:
As a minimum make sure you buy paper that can be recycled after. None of that foil wrapping. Also reuse paper from previous years, why not if it’s still in good condition? You could buy a lovely tea towel or if you have a fabric off cut and wrap your gifts in these. Also using old rolls of wallpaper, newspaper with pretty string and ribbon or even the brown wrap from the post office that can be used time and time again. There are so many ways to make your wrapping more eco-friendly.
USING PLANTS AND FLOWERS
Use a sprig of something from the garden to jazz up your gift wrapping. Make a homemade wreath for your door, and also use lovely flowers and plants for your table decoration on Christmas day. There’s nothing like it for creating a homemade festive table.
CHRISTMAS TREE DÉCOR
This is where I made the big change. No more plastic baubles or ornaments here. There are so many great options out there if you aren’t creative enough to make your own. Target has a big range of timber décor for your tree this year. West Elm always have hand crafted felt and material options, look at my felt wreath below, I’ve used this for a few years now and still love it. And also there are a lot of paper options out there this year, try KikiK, David Jones and Papaya Homewares.
Let’s think more about the gifts we’re buying for people and especially kids. Why not focus on giving gifts that in themselves create a more eco way of living, like beeswax wraps, beautifully designed metal thermo bottles and flasks, material shopping bags, add some green to your best friends home with a beautiful plant in a ceramic pot.
For kids toys try and steer clear of plastic, please! Wooden toys, books, book vouchers, activity sets, encouraging kids to get outside is the best thing you can do with their gifts.
UNWANTED CHRISTMAS DÉCOR
So what do we do with our unwanted décor. You might have changed up the look of your tree in terms of colours, or perhaps you have moved to real trees and have an artificial one in the loft. You can donate these lightly used decorations to a charity such as the Salvation Army, these go to people in need who literally can’t afford to decorate their home, just imagine being given a full artificial tree with decorations already for it. Such a lovely gift.
Most of all people, no tinsel. It’s terrible stuff, can’t ever be broken down and it’s such a fire hazard.