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Refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle for a green Christmas

PUBLISHED: 17:26 10 December 2018

Sarah Allen with her empty black bin. Ref exe 22 18TI 4419. Picture: Terry Ife

Sarah Allen with her empty black bin. Ref exe 22 18TI 4419. Picture: Terry Ife

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Christmas can be joyful, fun and a way to spoil loved-ones but it is also usually wasteful! So can we make it eco-friendly but not dampen everyone's Christmas cheer?

Sarah Allen with her empty black bin. Ref exe 22 18TI 4419. Picture: Terry IfeSarah Allen with her empty black bin. Ref exe 22 18TI 4419. Picture: Terry Ife

Christmas can be joyful, fun and a way to spoil loved-ones but it is also usually wasteful! So can we make it eco-friendly but not dampen everyone’s Christmas cheer? This is what I do:

Refuse

I’m not going to buy the things I don’t need (or that I don’t think other people need!). So, I plan to refuse to buy stocking-fillers, gimmicky presents that create a ‘laugh’ but have no real use and over-packaged gifts like a plastic box of toiletries and look for eco-friendly options instead. I refuse to buy cards or wrapping paper that have glitter on them; as pretty as it is, glitter is just lots of small pieces of plastic!

Reduce

I will not be buying lots just for the sake of it (Bah humbug! Reduce is a great eco-friendly option).

Reuse

Some of the gifts I give will be brand new, but often I choose to reuse by buying in charity shops or even regift something I’ve got that’s in good condition. I will be reusing wrapping paper I kept from last year and using it to wrap this year’s presents, then keeping again for next year. We have made some Christmas cards and gift tags by cutting up and reusing cards from last year.

Recycle

Tatty wrapping paper will be recycled after Christmas in the kerbside collection (paper with glitter on it or ‘metallic’ paper is not recyclable). Some cards will be kept to reuse and the rest will be recycled.

By refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling I am planning to have an eco-friendly Christmas (and it looks to be quite thrifty too!). Visit my blog at www.rhubarbandrunnerbeans.co.uk.

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