How to opt for a more sustainable Christmas: how to enjoy holidays being more environmentally-conscious

A more sustainable Christmas: how to enjoy eco-friendly holidays

From on-budget gifts to eco-friendlier decorations: tips to celebrate Christmas without harming the environment.

Christmas has traditionally been a period of peak consumption, but if I have learned something this year, is that we should start taking care of the environment. You can host an eco-friendly Christmas and still enjoy the magic of it.

Having spent almost a year without seeing most of my family and friends, I learned (the hard way) that what really matters is the people around you. Having expensive decoration and loads of presents is no longer important –I just want to be with the people I love, and if on top of that, I can cause less harm to the environment, I think we have a deal. Here are some ways to have a more sustainable Christmas:

Presents

Decorations

Re-use decorations as much as possible, unless they are broken, there is no need to change all your ornaments and tree once a year. If you still feel like you could use some new stuff, make sure you shop locally or make your own handmade decoration and opt for ornaments made from biodegradable materials. You can even turn your houseplant into a Christmas tree!

You can even turn your houseplant into a Christmas tree!

The food

Have a vegetarian Christmas dinner! The meat and dairy industry pollutes more than all the world’s planes, trains, cars and boats. I know that for those that aren’t vegetarian, it is a tough thing to ask, but I’ve been vegetarian for over 10 years and it’s the decision that I’m the proudest of. Why not try a plant-based menu for a change? If you still want your turkey, you can make some small changes like including more veggies than usual and try to choose food that is light on packaging.

Why not try a plant-based menu for a change?

Christmas should be about sharing with the ones you love, whether you are having a zoom meeting with your friends or you are lucky enough to be close to your relatives, please make sure that the time you spend with them is more important than the material things that are around you. In the end, that is all that matters.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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