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
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.
- Talini Wreath* (from £32.50)
- Bakara Tree Topper* (£28.50)
- Oko Coloured Baubles* (from £16.50 for four)
- Antique Gold Baubles* (from £18.50 for four)
Etsy’s Decorations Made from Natural Materials
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!
- Merry Christmas Banner* (£9.50)
- Felt Decorations* (from £4)
- Macrame Candy Canes* (£18 for a set of five)
- Linen Personalised Christmas Stocking* (£35)
Not On The High Street’s Reusable Decorations
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.
- Felt tinsel* (£27.50)
- Reusable Christmas Crackers* (£19.95 for a set of 6)
- Reindeer Christmas Tree Decoration* (£8.75)
- Wooden Garland* (£19.95)
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
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.
- Reindeer Christmas Stocking* (£14.95)
- Set of Three Kashmir Birds* (£14.85)
- Set of Three Baubles* (£14.95)
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.