The most wonderful time of the year is finally here and we simply can’t contain our excitement! The silly season is a time full of catching up with family and friends, sharing gifts and eating delicious food, but also a time of high wastage.
Sustainability for us is extremely important all year round and definitely doesn’t fly off our radar around Christmas time. If anything, ensuring our bottle of champers and Christmas wrapping is recycled correctly is at the forefront of our minds. That's why we've popped together a simple list of 5 sustainable switches you can make this festive season.
1. Conscious gifting
Give the gift of sustainability this Christmas with conscious, eco-friendly presents that will have a positive impact on our environment. Here at Kip&Co, we’ve made a personal commitment to minimise the harm to the planet in everything we do, and that means sustainable and ethical considerations come first.
Shop our sustainable edit with organic cotton bedding, pet products using recycled plastic water bottle fill, useable drink bottles and coffee cups, bamboo baby goodies or organic cotton underwear and tees.
2. Opt for a real Christmas tree
Whilst it may be hard to believe, a real Christmas tree is actually better for the environment than a fake one. Artificial Christmas trees are often almost always made from plastic, so unless you can find a recycled Christmas tree, it’s time to go green and get a real one! Real Christmas trees are biodegradable and can be turned into mulch or even wood chips post-festive season. Unfortunately, whilst you might bring out the same artificial christmas tree every year, these take hundreds and hundreds of years to break down and ultimately contribute to landfill.
If you're looking for eco-friendly ways to decorate your tree this Christmas, we recommend you start by firstly going through your trusty Christmas box and using what you have! Otherwise if you’re in need of new decor, using handcrafted ornaments made from wood, recycled glass or plastic is the way to go.
3. Switch to eco-friendly Christmas lights
Solar powered Christmas lights are the best and most sustainable festive lighting option. Using solar powered Christmas lights means you are using 100% clean energy, and will be the most environmentally friendly way to decorate your home this Christmas. Plus, it will also keep your electricity bill down (how good is that?!).
4. Wrap your gifts sustainably
There are a number of eco-friendly ways you can wrap your pressies this festive season. These include using recycled wrapping paper or brown paper, re-using wrapping, bags and ribbon you’ve been given throughout the year (and even last year's Christmas wrapping), newspapers or magazines and using spare fabric or offcuts. Pro tip: re-use your Kip&Co drawstring bags this Christmas for a eco-friendly wrapping option! Or, why not gift a two-in-one present and wrap your items with a Kip&Co linen tea towel for the cutest wrapping ever!
Using santa sacks and Christmas stockings are another great alternative to wrapping paper and can be re-used every year. Spoil your little loves with a precious santa sack and stocking that they will cherish forever, whilst also helping reduce your wastage over the festive season. Shop Kip&Co's range of velvet santa sacks and stockings.
Of course, a present isn't complete without its decorations! Below is a list of online stores where you can purchase eco-friendly decorating options.
5. Reduce, Re-use & Recycle your decorations
Decorating your home in an eco-friendly way this festive season is probably easier than you think. We recommend adorning your home with all things nature inspired; such as gumnuts, leaves, sticks, flowers and other beauties you can find right in your own backyard. Other sustainable styling ideas can include anything sourced from recycled materials, re-useable advent calendars, DIY wreaths, soy wax blend candles, just to name a few. And for your big Christmas feast, try using re-useable, sustainably sourced napkins, table linen and cutlery.
Above all, the best eco-friendly styling advice we can offer is to use what you have already at home. Re-using last year's Christmas decorations is a sustainable and great way to reduce landfill and your carbon footprint.