Christmas Jumper Day and “Green” Christmas

Here at Ecodek we make sure we embrace the Christmas Spirit. Our offices have been beautifully decorated, and today we’re having a Christmas Jumper Day, alongside a Secret Santa between all of our employees. Of course both were planned beforehand, giving everyone plenty of time to prepare and find a lovely little gift.

Amongst the Christmas cheers, it is important not to forget about the issue planet Earth is facing caused by pollution. Every action has a positive or negative impact, doesn’t matter how small it is, it will make a difference. Let’s make sure that it is positive!

As Christmas is fast approaching , it is time for the decorations to be dusted off and baubles polished. Many people have their decorations up enjoying the spirit of Christmas. Worry not if you haven’t had time to put yours up yet, here are some ideas how to ensure your Christmas is eco-friendly and looks beautiful as there is still plenty of time to get into the festive mood.

The Christmas tree is one of the most popular decorations. If you’re planning to get one, try to visit a local Christmas tree farm. Choosing your own Christmas tree with your family is a fun experience, as well as it’s more eco-friendly as it eliminates the transportation required for shipped trees. If you’re planning to get a synthetic tree, please be aware that the manufacture of them causes huge amounts of pollution – therefore harming the environment. You would need to reuse it for at least ten Christmas’s to keep its environmental impact lower than that of the real tree. Real trees can be chipped and recycled for many different purposes, make sure to take it to your local Christmas tree recycling point. Artificial trees are less environmentally-friendly as most are made from non-recyclable plastic.

When it comes to decorating the tree itself, there are alternative eco-friendly options to common decorations. Opt for LED Christmas lights as these use around 80% less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. Natural decorations are really beautiful, you can find plenty of them online, or go a mile further and try to make some by yourself. If you have children, it would be a perfect family activity.

Green gifts can be very practical and unique. Last week we have published a blog with a guide to green gifts and some examples. You can check out that blog by clicking here. Whilst buying wrapping paper for your lovely gifts, look for ones made out of recycled materials. You can find some beautiful designs. After all the presents are unwrapped, you will be left with loads of rubbish, which can and should be recycled. Christmas cards can also be recycled with ease, make sure to put it with paper waste to be recycled.

With all the new presents given and received, if you have any plans to get rid of any of older clothes, toys or anything that could be used by another person, please consider giving it to the charity or local hospital instead of throwing it away.

Have a wonderful holiday time. Merry Christmas!


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