ECO TIPS FROM ALEXAN­DRA AND NIGEL

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

Sup­port your lo­cal busi­nesses, es­pe­cially those that are try­ing to be eth­i­cal. Or­der an or­ganic or free-range turkey from a lo­cal farm. Buy fruit and veg­eta­bles from a lo­cal box scheme. This re­duces trans­porta­tion miles and sup­ports your lo­cal econ­omy.

The cost of this year’s un­wanted nov­elty Christ­mas items and other presents will reach an es­ti­mated £1.3bn. Rather than spend on those un­wanted presents, think about giv­ing an imag­i­na­tive gift in­stead. Give some­one you love tick­ets to a lo­cal con­cert, salsa class or cin­ema show. At least you will know your gift will be used and hope­fully en­joyed too.

Make your own dec­o­ra­tions. If you have leftover wall­pa­per, wrap­ping paper or even mag­a­zines, use the paper to cre­ate paper chains to dec­o­rate the house.

Use your own bags for Christ­mas shop­ping. Eight bil­lion plas­tic bags are used ev­ery year in the UK alone.

If you’re hav­ing a party, avoid serv­ing food and drink on dis­pos­able plates and cups. Bor­row ex­tra crock­ery from friends and neigh­bours.

There’s no point re­cy­cling rub­bish if you don’t buy re­cy­cled prod­ucts. It’s es­ti­mated that 83 square kilo­me­tres of wrap­ping paper end up in our rub­bish bins each year. That’s enough to stretch around the equa­tor nine times or to the moon if each sheet was laid end to end. Make sure you use re­cy­cled wrap­ping paper, and try to wrap presents with rib­bon or string in­stead of sticky tape

Paraf­fin can­dles are made from petroleum residues, so don’t do your health or the en­vi­ron­ment any good. Soy, beeswax or nat­u­ral veg­etable-based can­dles are bet­ter be­cause they biodegrad­able, are smoke­free, and are more ecofriendly.

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