SANTA SLAYS PLANET

The Queensland Times - - WEEKEND - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

The cost of Santa’s car­bon foot­print is greater than you might think. Christ­mas can cre­ate tonnes of land­fill and gen­eral waste and it’s hard to know where to start if you want to cre­ate an eco-friendly Christ­mas at home.

The Christ­mas tree is a mine­field. The fact is, what­ever way you go, the PC po­lice are bound to get you. If you have a real tree, it’s go­ing to be messy and it’s likely to have con­sumed more car­bon miles than all Santa’s rein­deer put to­gether. But if you have a fake tree that’s non-biodegrad­able, it’s sure to end in tears – and in land­fill.

As for dec­o­ra­tions, there are essen­tially two types of fes­tive styling. You can em­brace the flash­ing, trashy Las Ve­gas style dec­o­ra­tions or go with the sad Etsy, ‘Have a very crafty Christ­mas!’ va­ri­ety. I sug­gest you go with what most re­flects your fam­ily tra­di­tions, the de­mands of your chil­dren and your cur­rent state of men­tal health.

On the plus side of your eco score­card, Christ­mas is an op­por­tu­nity to turbo-charge your per­sonal re-use habits. I like to think I’m eco-aware, so when it comes to Christ­mas gift­ing I go straight to my present drawer that is over­flow­ing with 100 per cent fully redi­rected presents. My think­ing is even­tu­ally some­one has to ap­pre­ci­ate the soap on a rope, the out-of-date hand cream or the can­dle­mak­ing kit. Don’t they?

It can be help­ful to re­mem­ber that Christ­mas Day is just like any other day, only more so. It re­ally is the hol­i­day of ex­cess, so I sug­gest there is no right way to style a per­fect Christ­mas at home.

Just re­lax, re­cy­cle the fes­tive cheer and en­joy it.

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