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, am I right?
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 replace decorations that have been broken. Accidents do happen, despite our best intentions. I have a set of lovely glass baubles, that, despite my best efforts, have experienced some casualties over the years.
And then sometimes you might just want to freshen up your existing 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 regularly beaten 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 2023.
Guide to Ethical and Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations For 2023
From plastic-free to zero-waste, and ethically made, here are some ways you can ethically decorate your home this Christmas:
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 £22.50 (however do expect to pay more for the larger baubles). Tree toppers are under £35, and wreaths are around £35, making them incredibly reasonable for what you get.
In terms of ethics, Nkuku works solely with sustainable, natural, and recycled materials, and focuses on traditional methods of production. Nkuku also supports and works with skilled artisans throughout the world – from Devon to Dehli. Through rigorous management, it ensures these artisans are paid a fair wage and work in good conditions.
- Talini Wreath (from £35.00)
- Bakara Tree Topper (£30.00)
- Oko Coloured Baubles (from £22.50 for four)
- Antique Gold Baubles (from £22.50 for four)
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. Etsy has 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 made from cotton, or felted wool decorations for your tree to reusable hessian banners that can be reused year after year.
I’ve also found stockings made from natural linen to homemade felt decorations. Basically, if you can think of it, I bet you someone clever and crafty person has made it on Etsy!
- Linen Personalised Christmas Stocking (£34).
- Felted Wool Christmas Tree Decorations (£11.50 for three)
- Hessian Merry Christmas Banner (£6.21)
- Macrame Candy Canes (£18 for three, or £8 each)
Not On The High Street
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 sustainable 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.
- Felt tinsel (£34.00)
- Reusable Christmas Crackers (from £22.00 for a set of 6)
- Reindeer Christmas Tree Decoration (£8.50)
- Personalised Wooden Garland (£22.00)
I’ve also got a full guide to reusable and eco-friendly Christmas crackers if you are looking for more inspiration.
Ethical Superstore has a great range of Fairtrade and eco-friendly decorations this Christmas. From Fairtrade hanging star decorations to pretty Fairtrade baubles, they are all handmade from recycled paper. It’s a great way to spruce up your Christmas tree ethically.
Also look out for felted wool decorations and gorgeous brass decorations from Amnesty International.
Finally, Oxfam Online is another great place to shop for ethical Christmas decorations. All of Oxfam’s decorations are sourced from Fairtrade groups in Nepal. As well as helping to keep traditional Nepali craft industries alive, it also helps to improve the living standard of the producers/workers and their families from the rural areas of the country through Fair Trade practices.
What’s more, all profits from the sale of Oxfam’s Christmas decorations go towards supporting Oxfam’s vital work in alleviating global poverty.
- Peace On Earth Felt Decoration – £6.99
- Knitted Jumper Decoration – £8.99
- Festive Felt Peppermint Garland – £14.99
All tree decorations are available in Oxfam’s three-for-two festive deal.
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, and my ultimate guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas!