Are you looking for reusable, plastic-free, or eco-friendly Christmas crackers this festive season? Here’s my pick of the best sustainable crackers so that your Christmas goes with a bang!
Christmas crackers have a long history, dating back to the 1840s. However, with statistics showing that an extra 30% of waste is produced and discarded throughout the festive period then attention has turned to the humble Christmas cracker as one element of that waste mountain. And quite rightly so. It is estimated that over 40 million Christmas crackers end up in the bin on Christmas Day, which is a staggering amount.
Whilst some retailers have stopped putting plastic toys inside Christmas crackers, and instead are favouring paper and metal, some people have been calling for Christmas crackers to be banned.
However, if Christmas just isn’t Christmas in your household without a Christmas cracker to pop before dinner, then worry not. Some clever people out there have come up with eco-friendly Christmas crackers that either can be used time and time again, or are fully recyclable. Yup, even the contents are plastic-free.
Where To Buy Reusable or Eco-Friendly Christmas Crackers
Don’t worry – it’s not hard to track down Christmas crackers that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Here are ten to get you started, catering to a wide range of different budgets.
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Keep This Cracker’s Reusable Christmas Crackers
If you are looking for something eco-friendly that still performs like a traditional Christmas cracker, then try Keep This Cracker* (£19.95 for six reusable crackers). These cardboard crackers, available in a range of colours and patterns, are ones that you can pull again and again. All you need to do is replace the snap each time. At £2 for 12 snaps, it’s not prohibitively expensive. What’s more, the snaps are recyclable and compostable for a low waste party that goes with a bang.
The crackers themselves are recyclable and compostable and are printed in the UK with water/vegetable-based inks on cardboard from responsible sources. Even the ribbon has been carefully considered. These are woven in the UK using yarns made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
The eco-friendly Christmas crackers come flat-packed and in plastic-free packaging, ready to pop into shape and fill with your own special gifts. After Christmas, the crackers can then be flat-packed and stored away for another celebration. Even though they are made of cardboard, they are durable. We’ve found you can pull them quite hard and they don’t tear.
Mummy’s Marvellous Makes
If you’re not so fussed about the actual bang, then Mummy’s Marvellous Makes sells a set of six eco-friendly and refillable Christmas crackers for £32*. These pretty fabric crackers, which come in a variety of festive patterns, are made from 100% cotton. For a clever touch, the ribbons are sewn into the cracker to prevent you from losing the ribbons.
If you’re looking for a touch of luxury when it comes to your Christmas table, then Matchimony’s eco-friendly Christmas crackers* are one to look at. At £70 for a set of four crackers, they are not cheap. However, for something that might get passed down through your family, as part of your family traditions. Each cracker can be personalised.
Cosmo Gets Crafty
Cosmo Gets Crafty’s crackers* are made from natural cotton fabric, and embroidered with a rich red thread. Inside each cracker there’s a robust cardboard tube, where you can pop a gift.
To open the cracker untie the red satin ribbon at either end. The ribbons are secured to the cracker for a sleek look and to make sure you don’t lose them!
Kate Sproston Design
Kate Sproston Design’s pretty Scandi design eco-friendly crackers* (£14.95 per cracker, or £54.95 for six) makes for a sweet touch for any Christmas table.
With a durable cardboard inner tube made from recycled material, these crackers are available in ivory cotton or natural linen. These are embroidered with Scandinavian designs. You can select an individual cracker from a choice of six embroidered motifs (sleigh, reindeer, snowflake, bells, bird, or Christmas Tree). Alternatively, you can choose a complete set of six crackers, for use year after year after year.
Wearth’s Reusable Christmas Crackers
Wearth has a small but perfectly formed range of reusable and eco-friendly Christmas crackers. Here you can buy single crackers for £14 each*, in a choice of 12 colours, or a set of 5 for £60*. For the sets, you can pick from pastel tones, jewel tones, or a traditional festive red, white, and green set.
What’s to love about these crackers is that they aren’t just reusable, but multi-purpose. Oh yes! These beauty’s double up as napkins! Simply “pull the cracker” then unroll the napkin ready for Christmas dinner. How clever is that?
The Christmas crackers can also be personalised with an embroidered name or message, at no extra cost.
After use, you just need to wash your napkin. Once clean and dry, simply refill the cardboard tube, roll the napkin around the tube, and tie your cracker at both ends. Wearth says a little bit of starch can help your crackers keep a good shape.
If you’re busy getting ready for Christmas then don’t forget to check out my guide to eco-friendly Christmas decorations, and my guide to zero-waste Christmas decorations that you can make.
Main image used c/o Cosmo Gets Crafty