Christmas is just around the corner. While it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it is definitely not the most sustainable one. To make it a little greener this year, I want to share with you my tips for a sustainable holiday season:⠀
1. Buy less. Choose one big qualitative present. Try to avoid buying unnecessary ‘prullaria’. And consider buying your present second-hand.⠀
2. Or give handmade presents. Whether you love baking, sewing, or painting, why not get creative this season? Think of a cake, cookies, scrunchies, headbands, or DIY skin-care products.⠀
3. Shop from local and small businesses. Give your local shops and makers some love this Christmas. Ps: do you know my brand @studiolunahandmade? ⠀
4. Wrap your presents with scarves or cloth instead of wrapping paper. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese method of using a cloth to wrap up gifts.
5. Get a second-hand fake Christmas tree at the thrift store or search on Marktplaats.⠀
6. Or adopt a tree via @beterboompje and @adopteerjekerstboom At the end of the holiday season, the tree will get replanted.⠀
7. Decorate your tree with natural ornaments like cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices (watch my REELS for a tutorial) dried flowers, and pine cones. ⠀
8. If you can’t go without glass ball ornaments consider buying them second-hand. Don’t waste your money on new decorations when you can find ornaments like new in second-hand shops.⠀
9. Make your Christmas dinner a vegan one. The meat and dairy industry is responsible for more emissions than all the world’s planes, trains, cars, and boats. Why not try something new and have a meat-free Christmas by swapping turkey for a plant-based menu instead?
10. Re-wear your favorite festive outfit. You probably already have good-looking clothes in your closet. Give them some time to shine!⠀
Wish you a very sustainable, low-waste, vegan, merry holiday season.⠀