A more conscious Christmas.

A more conscious Christmas.

Generous APE

3 simple tips to a more sustainable Christmas.

Up to 8 million Christmas trees are bought every December in the UK alone. That's a lot of intensive production, and potentially a lot of waste.

It's true that fake plastic trees last for years – and nowadays they can look very realistic. But is it the best way forward?

FAKE IT OR REAL?  If you already have a fake tree, keep it, treasure it and make it last at least 10 years to have a lower carbon emission than its real counterpart.  If you want a real tree - just make sure it's grown sustainably by looking for either the FSC or Soil Association logo and buy your real tree locally. Christmas trees are planted as a crop, so we’re not cutting one from a natural woodland or forest, and every tree that is cut will be replanted with another for you to enjoy in another 8-12 years. 

  1. Rent a tree  - choose a tree, enjoy, return the tree.
  2. Grow your own.
  3. Buy locally.

CUT FOOD WASTE.  Every year in the UK, around seven million tons of food is binned over the Christmas period. Remember...

  1. You don’t have to cook it all in one go. Save it for later.
  2. Check your cupboards before you buy.
  3. Donate any leftovers to a food bank.
  4. Create new meals from leftovers.

SHOP WITH A CONSCIENCE.  We call it "double gifting."  Gift to the planet as well as a loved one. e.g an Ocean Bottle that saves 1,000 plastic bottles from entering our oceans. Shop here.

  1. Looking at what the item is made of. How sustainable is it.
  2. Don't buy single use plastic.
  3. Look at where the present is made - buy locally and reduce your carbon footprint.
  4. Buy less.
  5. And wrap sustainably - shop Nancy & Betty eco-Christmas wrap here.

Here's the Generous APE guide to stocking fillers under £50.

Gifts for her.

Gifts for him.

 Happy conscious Christmas from all of us at Generous APE x