Sustainable Retailers Lucy & Yak Offer Their Top Tips On Having A Zero-Waste Christmas
From buying local to making your own gifts, Lucy & Yak offer their tops tips on keeping it conscious at Christmas.
It’s easy to get swept up in excess during Christmas, buying extra gifts we don’t need, wrapping paper we won’t use, and food we won’t eat. If you would really like to keep it conscious at Christmas, sustainable fashion brand Lucy & Yak have shared their top tips to make your festive season zero-waste.
1) Think about your wrapping
Instead of using wrapping paper, think about using pretty, reusable fabric bags to wrap your presents. You can even hide presents rather than wrap them – a treasure hunt on Christmas morning is always going to go down well. Brown paper and string or ribbons can look really classy as well as being better for the environment compared to conventional wrapping paper.
2) Buy local, and buy careful
Think carefully about how you’re going to source your food over the festive period. Plan each meal to make sure you only buy what you need. Then leave at least one meal unplanned; that’s the one to make using your leftovers.
If you can, buy from local shops, or if that’s not possible, there are loads of good online organic food providers that are worth checking out. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket is unavoidable, but make sure you take your reusable bags with you.
3) Buy pre-loved
People will be looking for a bit of extra money this time of year so will be selling things pre-owned, and you will get heaps more for your money and you’re not adding to the pile in landfill.
Thrift shops are a great option if you receive a gift that you’re not going to use. Don’t wait until August when it’s been shoved in the back of the cupboard and forgotten about – take it straight down to your local thrift shop for someone else to love. You’re saving on waste and giving a gift in perfect condition to someone else who can enjoy it.
4) Make the most of it
There’s no getting away from it. You’re almost certainly going to receive gifts in disposable wrapping paper and a pile of Christmas cards. So, what can we do with it to make it a bit less wasteful? Well, we believe everything can be reused and given a new life. You can use wrapping paper you love to line plain bookshelves, wrap notebooks, or make pretty envelopes to use throughout the year.
Whilst we’d rather not receive mountains of wrapping paper and cards, the zero-waste mind sees what comes through the door as a resource and an opportunity. Just don’t throw it in the bin!
5) Make your own
We can always use what we already have to make something new. And then you can give someone a fabulous and completely personal gift. If you’re not feeling crafty, how about some delicious baked goods? Or even some handmade soap, a lavender bag or something funky to hang on the wall?
There’s something really special about a homemade gift, not only because you’ve made it yourself but also because you can make it zero-waste too!
For more information on Zero Waste please see their blog – https://lucyandyak.com/blogs/