I'M DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS
Solutions and problems to current unsustainable habits.
Written by Jaimie McIntosh
Wanting to reduce your footprint this Christmas but not entirely sure how to? Read through the most common problems and some simple solutions to solve them!
Plastic or Real tree?
Whilst plastic trees are reusable and theoretically last forever, real trees are actually the more sustainable option. Reusing a plastic tree over and over typically makes them less attractive and are so are often dumped in landfills after a couple of years. Due to their plastic content (PVC), plastic trees therefore remain in the landfill forever as they are unable to breakdown.
Buy your REAL Christmas tree with an FSC-certified sticker and after use, look in your local community for Christmas tree drop off locations. They will be either cut down into chips or composted.
New Year wardrobe clear out?
Christmas and New Year often comes with the typical social trend of #newyearnewme. Whilst there is nothing wrong with wanting to start the year with new goals and aspirations, the trend can also lead to a huge increase in clothing waste.
It is estimated that 80,000 tonnes of old clothes will be thrown away this Christmas.
National Geographic estimates that a truck load of fabric is wasted per second during Black Friday.
Instead of chucking, look to donate and start the new year with the planet and others in mind.