Hi! Welcome to Day 2 of my 12 days of Blogmas! Today’s post is about having a more Sustainable Christmas with some Eco-Friendly Decorations. Check out yesterday’s post which gives some tips on Sustainable Gift-Giving here.
Use What You Already Have
Instead of buying new decorations, re-use the ones you already have! This is the most sustainable way to decorate during the holiday season. If you’re starting out with no decorations, then keep reading to find out how to start your decoration collection sustainably!
Second Hand or Vintage
Carboot Sales, Ebay and Gumtree are all great places to find old Christmas decorations. You can also ask any family or friends if they have ornaments they no longer use that you could take. It’s cost effective and gives the products a second lifespan!
There are a few super easy ways to combine nature and Christmas in your decorating, and it’s also a fun activity to do with kids. Check out this article which gives you 32 pinecone decoration ideas or this one on making decorations out of oranges.
Glitter is just tiny pieces of plastic. When these micro-plastics enter our waterways they pollute the environment and can be ingested by marine life. Avoiding glitter all together is the best alternative however there are compostable or biodegradable glitters. Be careful though, as some require industrial composting – check out products with the OK Biodegrable Certification. If you’re buying or homemaking your decorations, then try to not choose ones with glitter.
Pebble Magazine has a fab DIY guide to low-waste wreaths that you can find here. You can use old wine corks, dried oranges, cookie cookers and last year’s Christmas cards. You could also buy a sustainable pre-made wreath which is plastic-free and responsible sourced.
If you need to buy new ornaments, look for those made from glass, wood, metal, fabric or clay rather than plastic ones. Etsy is a great way to find more unique, customisable and cute decorations and support small businesses!
Homemade Christmas decorations are a fun and sustainable activity. You can make dried fruit or popcorn garlands, felt decorations for the tree or bake
I hope you found this useful and are being more mindful with your Christmas decorations this year! Let me know if you have any other ideas for Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations or Low-Waste Christmas’ in general in the comments below!
Related: 10 Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Gift Giving