ECO TIPS FROM ALEXANDRA AND NIGEL
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.