Eco-Friendly Decorations | Having A Sustainable Christmas

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.

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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!

Incorporate Nature

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.

Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations
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Eco-Friendly Glitter

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.

Low-Waste Wreaths

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.

Non-Plastic Ornaments

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!

Eco-Friendly Wreath Making
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Homemade Decorations

Homemade Christmas decorations are a fun and sustainable activity. You can make dried fruit or popcorn garlands, felt decorations for the tree or bake salt dough into Christmas-related shapes. Check out 45+ DIY ideas here.

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

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21 Comments

  1. I am a big fan of using what we already have in for Christmas, from decorations to the cards that have been accumulated over the years. My family got to the point where we had so many boxed cards it was crazy – I took a bunch with me when I moved out in 2013 and since then I have only bought one set of cards from my favourite animal chairty – helped by that I send very few cards these days!

  2. I am a big fan of using what we already have in for Christmas, from decorations to the cards that have been accumulated over the years. My family got to the point where we had so many boxed cards it was crazy – I took a bunch with me when I moved out in 2013 and since then I have only bought one set of cards from my favourite animal charity – helped by that I send very few cards these days!

  3. These are great tips. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time we bought any new decorations. I love the aesthetic of wooden ones though. So much prettier than plastic and better for the planet x

    Sophie

  4. I have really tried to be more eco friendly this year for Christmas! But in my house we have had decorations from like 20 years ago so reusing is fine with us 😂 great post and some great tips x

  5. I haven’t bought any new Christmas decorations for years, we just keep making use of the same old ones and then packing them away very carefully each January! I love your point about Eco Glitter, although I am of the firm belief that all glitter is a tool of the Devil and should be banned, haha. And DIY Christmas decs and gifts are always fun to make and give. Great post 🙂 Lisa

    1. I think using the same is such a lovely tradition! Yes glitter is a tool of the devil and I can probably still find some from 2016 on a jumper or at the bottom of a bag! Thank you xx

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