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10 Reusable & Eco-Friendly Christmas Crackers for a Cracking Time

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

Keep this cracker

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.

Matchimony

Eco-friendly Christmas crackers from Matchimony

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

Reusable Christmas crackers from Cosmos 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 reusable 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

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Ethical and Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations to Bring Festive Cheer in 2021

Are you looking for ethical and eco-friendly Christmas decorations? From plastic-free to zero-waste, and ethically made, I’ve got a host of festive ideas for you.

We all know that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear. However, decorating your house surely comes a close second.

Whilst using the Christmas decorations we already own is the single most ethical and eco-friendly way of decorating our homes, sometimes we do want to either replace decorations that have got broken. Accidents do happen, despite our best intentions. Or we might want to freshen up our decorations by adding some new ones into the mix.

The good news is that it is really easy to make zero-waste Christmas decorations. If crafting isn’t your thing, then you can buy Christmas decorations easily. Not all Christmas decorations are equal though. With news that inmates in Chinese prisons are forced to make Christmas decorations, and beat up, it’s important to pick Christmas decorations that are both eco-friendly and ethical.

The good thing is they aren’t hard to find. Here is my pick of the top planet and people-friendly Christmas decorations available right now in 2021.

Guide to Ethical and Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations For 2021

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Nkuku’s Fairly Made and Recycled Decorations

A range of Fairtrade decorations from Nkuku

One of my favourite places to browse for ethical and eco-friendly Christmas decorations is Nkuku*. From beautiful garlands to stylish wreaths, and to gorgeous recycled glass baubles and stunning tree toppers, Nkuku sells it all.

Prices are reasonable – a set of four baubles is around £18.50 (however do expect to pay more for the larger baubles). Tree toppers are under £30, and wreaths are around £25, making them incredibly reasonable for what you get.

In terms of ethics, Nkuku works solely with sustainable, natural, and recycled materials, and focus on traditional methods of production. They support and work with skilled artisans throughout the world – from Devon to Dehli – and through rigorous management ensure these artisans are paid a fair wage and work in good conditions.

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Etsy’s Decorations Made from Natural Materials

A range of ethical Christmas decorations from Etsy

Etsy* has always been another of my favourite places to browse for ethical and/or eco-friendly Christmas decorations. If you’ve not used Etsy before, it’s a giant marketplace full to the brim of independent crafters and makers, all selling their mainly handmade wares. It’s also got a healthy vintage department if you’re looking to pick up vintage Christmas decorations.

I’ve found a whole host of eco-friendly decorations for your perusal, all made from natural materials. From handmade macrame candy cane decorations for your tree to reusable cardboard banners that can be reused year after year. Should anything untoward happen, it can be easily be recycled at the end of its life. I’ve also found stockings made from natural linen to homemade felt decorations. However, if you can think of it, I bet you someone has made it on Etsy!

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Not On The High Street’s Reusable Decorations

Reusable Christmas decorations from Not On The High Street, including reusable Christmas crackers

Not On The High Street* is a great place to source reusable Christmas decorations. From reusable and refillable Christmas crackers to reusable banners made of natural materials, you’ll be sure to find something different that will last for years to come. I also excitingly found eco-friendly tinsel, made of felt, which is sure to please the whole family. And of course, you’ll be sure to find tree decorations made by independent makers across the UK.

Not On The High Street, in particular, is a great place to go for personalised decorations. So if you are looking for an eco-friendly baby’s first Christmas tree decoration, for example, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one made from natural materials here.

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I’ve also got a full guide to reusable and eco-friendly Christmas crackers if you are looking for more inspiration.

Traidcraft’s Eco-Friendly and Ethical Christmas Decorations

A range of eco-friendly Christmas decorations from Triadcraft

Traidcraft* is the original fair trade pioneer in the UK. They’ve been fighting labour injustices for over four decades. Here they have been advocating the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.

As such, you can be confident that Traidcraft’s small but perfectly formed range of eco-friendly and ethical Christmas decorations is a great pick this festive season. Featuring baubles handmade using recycled newspaper and office waste, to fairtrade stockings, there’s everything you need to make your home festive in a low impact manner.

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Any other eco-friendly or ethical Christmas decorations tips? I’m all ears! And while you are here, you may also be interested in my guide to the most sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas trees.