Most people like Christmas – I do too. I love how everything is decorated, I love the food and I love spending time with my beloved ones. What I don’t like about Christmas is the infinite amout of garbage nobody needs. I get sick from walking over a Christmas market seeing all the useless plastic gifts, the annoying music and the bratwurst piles. Not very christmas-y right?
That’s why I’ve taken a step back last year and didn’t wish for anything to start a more sustainable holiday habit – this year I’ll hope to get only small presents. Is that ruining the festive mood? I don’t think so: Why don’t we all make ourselves a gift this Christmas and get rid of the eternal Christmas stress? Here’s four great tips for you to celebrate a minimalist – and eco friendly – holiday season!
Sustainable decoration ideas
There’s people owning boxes of Christmas decoration and still buying new things every single year. I’ve settled with a small set of Christmas baubles that I hang onto branches in December. Decoration done. Of course everybody should decide on their own how much decoration they need 😉 – but contemplate whether you must have something new before buying. Maybe you can even swap decorations with friends and family for a change?
Less Christmas presents
This might be hard depending on what role Christmas presents play for you. Talk to friends and family about having less gifts this year and whether they would be willing to give it a go. You can create a list with items you would be really happy to receive as well – this makes finding the right gift for you a lot easier. I also introduced you to nice DIY-gift ideas in this post.
Eco-friendly gift wrapping
Reusable ribbons, fabric gift wrappings or wrapping paper made from old newspapers – these are small things with huge impact. Christmas is after all a time with LOTS of unnecessary waste.
Vegan or vegetarian Christmas dinner
No roast for Christmas? If you’re a meat eater you might be rolling your eyes by now. Unfortunately though, factory farming is still one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. Make yourself, the animals and the planet a gift this holiday season and try a meatless menue – you can find ideas on my Pinterest board 🙂 Pros can try a vegan version as well!
Do you have more tips for a sustainable christmas season? Let me know!