How To Have An Eco-Friendly Christmas: The Ultimate Guide

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Are you wanting to have a more eco-friendly Christmas? Try my tips on making your day a more sustainable and environmentally friendly one. From the tree and the presents to the food and everything in between.

Christmas waste statistics are terrifying. According to an article in The Independent, in the UK alone we will:

  • Bin the equivalent of 108 million rolls of wrapping paper
  • Discard 54 million platefuls of food
  • Use 189 million batteries over Christmas
  • Get through more than 40 million rolls of sticky tape
  • Bin almost 100 million black bags full of packaging from toys and gifts
  • Seven in 10 households will buy far more food than they need
  • And 66% of households will bin at least some of their turkey

However, I’m no Grinch. I am not saying we should cancel Christmas – very much the opposite. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, and I am always up for celebrating Christmas with bells on. Personally, I just like to think there are more planet-friendly ways of celebrating during the festive period.

In fact, I’ve been on a mission to show you how to celebrate all things Christmas in sustainable ways. I’ve been blogging here on Moral Fibres for over ten years now. Over the years I have covered a whole host of ideas on how to celebrate in a low-waste and eco-friendly manner. As my Christmas gift to you this year, I’ve rounded them all up here for easy reading.

I’ve also put this post together with my newsletter subscribers in mind so that I don’t spam them with Christmas content in November’s newsletter! I appreciate that not everyone loves Christmas as much as I do, and of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas. Therefore, I felt it best to include one link to all the posts.

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The Ultimate Guide To Having An Eco-Friendly Christmas

A zero-waste Christmas tree, and kraft paper wrapped gifts with a blue text box that says the ultimate guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas

There are so many different ways to celebrate in a low-impact way this Christmas. As such, I’ve outlined a number of different ways in which you can incorporate sustainable and environmentally friendly practices into your Christmas celebrations.

Of course, you don’t have to do it all. As with anything, it is often easier to start in small steps. Perhaps pick one or two areas to ‘green’ your Christmas this year, and then next Christmas try to incorporate a few more ideas.

I’ve broken it all down into headings to get you started. Click on each link to skip to a specific heading or keep scrolling for the full list of sustainable ideas.

Christmas Tree

Are you wondering what the most sustainable Christmas tree is? I’ve revealed it all in my eco-friendly Christmas tree-buying guide. From buying a real tree to purchasing a fake tree, here’s everything you need to look out for.

Christmas Decorations

person threading a dried orange slice garland

I always always say that the most sustainable Christmas decorations are the ones you already own. As such, decorate with your old plastic baubles and tinsel with gleeful abandon. However, if you are looking to replace any of your decorations, here are some ideas for decorations to make, and eco-friendly and ethical Christmas decorations to purchase:

If Christmas isn’t Christmas without a cracker to pull, then here’s a guide to eco-friendly and reusable Christmas crackers. If you opt for reusable crackers, I’ve included some ideas of what to fill them with and some great (or terrible, depending on your take!) jokes to put inside them!

And of course, crafting isn’t everyone’s bag. If you’d rather not do any crafting this festive season, then here are some people and planet-friendly eco-friendly, and ethical Christmas decorations to buy.

Guide To Advent Calendars

Count down to Christmas the dairy-free way, with my handy guide to the best vegan advent calendars for kids and grown-ups. Catering for every budget – starting from under £5 – you’ll be sure to find your ideal calendar.

If you’d rather ditch single-use, then here is my guide to the best reusable advent calendars, for counting down to the big day sustainably.

And if you’d rather give back this Christmas, then here’s everything you need to know about taking part in a reverse advent calendar.

Christmas Gifts

sustainable christmas present wrapped in recycled box

It can be a thrill finding or making the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Thankfully there are many ways to embrace eco-friendly gift-giving at Christmas time.

  • Giving secondhand gifts might be considered by some as a no-no, but I say it’s important to remember that secondhand does not mean second-best. There are a wealth of ideas of secondhand gift ideas for everyone, that would be a delight to receive. Try my guide to secondhand Christmas gift ideas to help you find the perfect thoughtful and low-impact gift for your loved one.
  • If you don’t want to give a physical object but still want to give something then try these non-material Christmas gift ideas. From ideas that don’t cost any money to ideas that cost some money such as a trip out, contributing to an activity, memberships, and subscriptions, I have a host of ideas for you.

Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards

If forgoing Christmas cards, or sending e-cards are steps too far, then try my guide to the best charity Christmas cards that give back. Some charities have made many careful and considered sustainable and ethical considerations.

Look out for FSC-certified cards printed in Britain and glitter-free cards. I’ve even found cards that can be reused in clever ways and cards that can be planted in your garden.

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Wrap

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is taking some time to wrap up my carefully considered gifts. Here are some ideas to do so sustainably and help to reduce waste this Christmas:

Festive Ethical Clothing

With all of the festive gatherings and parties that fill our diaries in December, your attention may turn to your wardrobe.

Christmas Food and Drink

cranberry and orange gin

Finally, let’s talk about the all-important Christmas food and drink.

I absolutely adore Christmas. As such, I can always find more to write about, so I don’t plan on stopping here. I’ll add any future posts I write about Christmas here (of which I promise there will be many!), so be sure to pin this post or bookmark it so you can see what’s new here next Christmas.

Have a lovely eco-friendly Christmas!

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