Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My Weird 'Green' Christmas

Since green lifestyle blogger @greenrosielife challenged us to contribute to her new environmental initiative #GoingGreenLinky, I thought I'd blog about my weird green Christmas and all the ways we try to be environmentally friendly at Christmas time, and all year round!

Christmas gifts
In an effort to be 'green', economical and imaginative at Christmas, many of our presents come from charity shops, often 'like new', but for a fraction of the cost and recycled. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a good motto to remember.

Christmas deocrations
I was in Esk last weekend - a huge retail warehouse in Eastbourne. The isles and isles of Christmas decorations seemed a bit crazy. At home, our Christmas decorations are 30 years old. They come out every year and will continue to do so. Where's the demand for all these new decorations come from? It seems that many people throw their decorations away every year. What a shame. Ours go back into the loft for next year.

Wrapping paper
It seems wasteful to throw perfectly good wrapping paper away after one use, so our family get recycled presents wrapped in recycled wrapping paper. They're used to it and no-one bats an eyelid! One year, they got presents wrapped in wallpaper samples, because we'd been reviewing our decorative schemes (...I was going to say 'family and friends' and then realised we have no friends. Perhaps this is why).

Left overs
We don't throw away perfectly good food. Leftovers gets frozen, or made into another dish the following day. You'd be amazed what you can freeze!

We mostly send out Christmas newsletters attached to emails instead of cards these days. We only send cards to old folk who seem to value them. Our fun and cheerful newsletter actually takes a lot more effort to write than a Christmas card and it doesn't use much carbon to deliver by email. To us, the effort involved in producing that fully illustrated newsletter is much better than sending a commercial card from a pack of 50 anyway!

We try to keep fuel consumption to a minimum by having the heating on 15 degrees centigrade in the entrance hall. The lounge radiators are bigger, so the lounge heats up nicely, and we have faux fur throws over our legs. Our house is well insulated, we wear thick jumpers and padded jackets, and we only have the heating on for three hours a day! But we do turn the heat up if we have guests! We might go wild and leave the heating on for longer if we're relaxing at home this Christmas Day!

Other ideas for a green Christmas
Shop locally.
Gift a gift to the environment, such as a charitable donation to an environmental cause.
Make gifts at home.
Cut cards up to make gift tags for next year.

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse... everything!

Have a great Christmas! And think green!

Look for more ideas on the Going Green Linky blog

Or write your own!  #GoingGreenLinky


  1. Enjoyed this article. We're much like you in our Christmas. My tree decorations etc are years old - containing some of the kids stuff they did in nursery! We recycle all our cards or I reuse them and make new ones from them and my hubby picks all the sellotape off the wrapping paper (where he can) to either reuse or send it for recycling. And leftovers...what left overs?

  2. Great ideas Susie, we love green Christmas presents too - my favourite second hand present at the moment is buying old solitaire boards and marbles (mainly off ebay) and putting them together as a gift - they make a lovely gift :)

  3. Sounds like my kind of Christmas. Do people really throw all their decorations out each year? What a waste.

  4. This does not sound weird at all - it all sounds perfectly normal to me! I would never think to chuck out decorations, now that IS weird! We used to reuse Christmas paper over and over again when we were children and would play "guess who had this paper last year?" ... now I admit we are not quite so good but I use the paper to light our woodburner (we don't have any other form of heating).

    Some great ideas here and thank you for joining in with the first #GoingGreenLinky. Hope to see you on the next one in January.

  5. I'm with Rosie - perfectly normal. It's the rest of them that's weird ;) #GoingGreen

  6. Not weird at all! For many years now we have had our heating set at 15c. I made all our curtains and made sure they had thick linings to them to help insulate in winter. My six year old son loves charity shops for all the different books and toys in them.