Last updated on Jan 15th, 2021 at 06:26 pm

Aside from decorating your home in an eco-friendly way, there are a few more things you can do to make your Christmas greener – hopefully these small changes can extend into the new year as well. Many say that excessive consumption will kill the planet. It is estimated that the pollution from the manufacturing, transportation, use and disposal of Christmas gifts is greater than that caused by automobiles each year. 

 1. Batteries

Make an effort in the New Year to recycle all the batteries you have used over Christmas. Better yet, start using recyclable batteries now and save yourself the trouble. You can give recyclable battery packs (with the charger) as stocking fillers. Also try to avoid giving gifts which require battery power. 

 2. Wrapping paper

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Try to find greener ways to wrap your gifts. My favourite idea is to wrap presents in OTHER presents such as a scarf or t-shirt. Other ideas include reusing old gift bags, getting creative with an old magazine and more.

 3. Fairy lights

Don’t forget to switch off all Christmas lights when you go to the bed. If there is no one around to enjoy them, they needn’t burn. Your outdoor lights should only burn between 2 to 5 hours.

 4. Donations

If you get a new cellphone, be sure to recycle or donate your old one. The same applies to clothes, books, games and more. Not only does this help keep your house clutter free and allow others to enjoy items which you won’t otherwise use, but it also teaches your kids the principles of giving.

 5. Reconnect with nature

Take time in the holidays to reconnect with the outdoors, especially if you are working throughout the year. Visit local bird parks, botanical gardens and more. These places need our support to stay open.

I hope you use some of these ideas to keep your Christmas carbon footprint light. For some green gift ideas, click here. For a guide on how to decorate in an eco-friendly way, click here.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!