Is there a way to cel­e­brate Christ­mas with­out dam­ag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment?

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - With Tracey Hordern

HAVE you ever won­dered about Santa’s car­bon foot­print? No, well ei­ther have I, but it did oc­cur to me an eco guide to Christ­mas Day could come in handy be­fore the big event. What’s eco-ac­cept­able and what’s not is a mine­field dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, start­ing with the Christ­mas tree.

It helps to know that the PC po­lice will get you what­ever way you go with your Christ­mas tree. If you have a real fir tree, you know it’s go­ing to be messy and it’s likely to have con­sumed more car­bon miles than all of Santa’s rein­deers put to­gether. But if you have a non-biodegrad­able fake tree, it’s sure to end in tears – and in land­fill.

As for dec­o­ra­tions, there are es­sen­tially two types of Christ­mas styling: the flash­ing, trashy Las Ve­gas style of dec­o­ra­tions or the sad Etsy, “Have a very crafty Christ­mas.”

On the plus side of your eco scorecard, Christ­mas is an op­por­tu­nity to turbo-charge your re­cy­cling habits. I like to think I’m eco-aware, so when it comes to Christ­mas gift­ing I go straight to my present drawer, over­flow­ing with 100% fully re­cy­cled presents. Some­one has to ap­pre­ci­ate the boxed soap/hand cream/can­dle mak­ing kit.

On the day it­self we all know there’s go­ing to be lash­ings of food, drink, as well as in­ap­pro­pri­ate friends, fam­ily, more un­wanted presents, un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions and prob­a­bly more fights than usual. Re­mem­ber Christ­mas Day is just like any other day. It re­ally is the hol­i­day of ex­cess, so I sug­gest you re­cy­cle the fes­tive cheer and en­joy it.

Merry Christ­mas.

WHAT’S ECO-AC­CEPT­ABLE AND WHAT’S NOT IS A MINE­FIELD

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Christ­mas is an op­por­tu­nity to turbo-charge your re­cy­cling habits.

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