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Have a very merry green Christmas

Brown recycable gift wrap, wrapped with twine tied into a bow and a small conifer sprig to decorate

Tuesday 23 October 2018

The festive period is nearly upon us and with the average household in the UK likely to throw away almost a third more than usual over the Christmas holidays, we’ve created some really easy tips to help you waste less this Christmas:

1. Almost 1 BILLION Christmas cards are sent every year! That’s an awful lot of paper to recycle or to throw away. There are now lots of fun and creative electronic Christmas cards you can send someone to show you’re thinking of them.

2. Make the festive season last that little bit longer… with an experience day! Tickets for a show or concert can make the perfect gift. There’s so much to do in Essex, so why not visit one of our many Country Parks or Activity Centres? There’s something for all the family to enjoy. 

3. We all love giving and receiving gifts at Christmas, but why not opt for secret Santa with family, friends and colleagues to either get something you really want or to support your favourite charity.

4. If you know someone who wants to get started on their waste free journey, then why not give them a helping hand! Reusable coffee cups, water bottles, or handmade shampoo bars or soaps make great gifts.

5. Approximately 10,000 tonnes of wrapping paper is sold every year. Most wrapping paper is made of foil or is covered in glitter which means it cannot be recycled. Try to purchase glitter-free ‘paper’ gift wrap for a recyclable alternative. OR for a completely waste free alternative, wrap presents in cloth which can be used over and over again.

6. Sharing great food with family and friends is a BIG part of Christmas. If you make too much food over the Christmas period (and let’s face it, most of us do), don’t throw it away. Pop it in the fridge or freezer and eat at a later date. Love Food Hate Waste has lots of festive recipes great for Christmas leftovers.

7. The equivalent to 4 million Christmas dinners are thrown away every Christmas. Knowing how to store your food can help it stay fresher for longer. Ensure your vegetables are at their best for the main meal by keeping them in the fridge in the pack they came in.

8. If you’ve received a gift you don’t want, then remember there are lots of options for you to pass them on to others. Children's toys in good condition can be donated in Brentwood, Colchester and Epping Forest for redistribution to families in your area. Find your local toy drop-off point.  

9. Christmas trees; if you are having a real tree this Christmas, then make sure you keep an eye out for composting services, to ensure your tree is not just thrown away.

10. Finally, remember to double check your kerbside waste and recycling collections over the festive period. As there may be some small alternations.

Merry Christmas from the Love Essex team