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Author: Gill Greenwell, Posted: Monday, 30th November 2020, 09:00

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In this uncertain world it feels like we should be turning our backs on extravagant consumption and focusing on sustainability this Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in style. Follow my ideas for an eco-friendly Christmas without skimping on the festive magic.

Christmas trees – the real deal
I love a real Christmas tree, it’s the most sustainable option. You can rent a tree from as little as £20, have it delivered and picked up for re-planting. Or buy a living tree, sourced from a local grower, and re-plant it in the garden. We always look forward to our annual trip to get our tree – it feels like the start of Christmas.

Gifts with thought
Choose gifts that will last. A plant that sparks joy over again, or an experience making a lasting memory – always a hit with my family. Get creative with something handmade and beautifully wrapped – food items are perennially popular.

One year I made damson gin, decanted into pretty little bottles tied with ribbon. They made perfect presents for friends. This year, it’s especially important to shop small and locally where possible, and you’ll find the most interesting and unusual presents.

Sustainable wrapping
Switch to eco-friendly wrapping and look for paper you can recycle – there are some lovely designs at Brown paper paired with twine and eucalyptus leaves always looks eco-chic.

I was inspired during my visit to Japan earlier this year, as the Japanese have made beautiful packaging into an art form. “Foroshiki”, their word for wrapping gifts in reusable knotted fabric squares, is trending this Christmas. It is a traditional way of packaging gifts and a perfect example of ethical Christmas wrapping.

Deck the halls – naturally
There are so many ways you can decorate your home sustainably. Forage for faded hydrangea heads, teasels and pheasant feathers to create an on-trend dried arrangement. Choose branches of holly, ivy, rosemary and fir for a more traditional look. Search out wreath-making classes locally – it’s a fun way to learn a new skill and create something beautiful. Many classes have gone online due to recent restrictions.

Adorn the Christmas tree with cinnamon sticks tied with ribbon and dried orange slices stuck with cloves. Re-use your Christmas decorations year after year and they will become family heirlooms. My daughters have favourite ornaments sparking memories from Christmases spent with their grandmother.

Create an eco-festive table
For an extra festive touch for your Christmas tablescape, look out for antique or recycled glass baubles. Nkuku has some beautiful shapes in bright jewel colours, which you can pile up in a bowl in the middle of the table. Ditch the plastic and make your own crackers with sustainable gifts instead. Have fun creating your festive home and have a happy healthy holiday!

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