Tips For a Sustainable Christmas

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.⁠⠀

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