Friday, 6 November 2020

Christmas Waste Report & How To Do Your Part

Christmas is one of the most awaited times of the year, especially because of the food and presents that come with it

Image from The Irish Times 

Sitting down with your loved ones and celebrating - it all seems picture perfect. However, there is a side to this beloved holiday that is nothing but the opposite of perfect. As The Sunday Post reports: “We throw away a shocking amount, from six million Christmas trees to over 227,000 miles of wrapping paper. Our crimes against festive food are even worse. We chuck out approximately two million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussel sprouts.” 


Image from GPT The Waste Solution

This kind of wastage takes a huge toll on our planet! Thankfully, there are ways for us to be more sustainable. Here are some ideas:

  1. Organise your food! Don't throw out the leftovers but try to think of ways to use them in your cooking the days following Christmas or if you have bought too much food you can always do a good deed and donate it to your local shelter.

  1. Gift activities or experiences rather than material things - your present will be much more worthwhile and make a memory rather than going unused and 

eventually getting thrown away if the recipient ends up not liking it.

  1. Buy presents from sustainable brands. For example, gift your loved one something from Madia & Matilda!

Darcey - Knitted Bobble Hat

Knitted hat from Madia & Matilda 

  1. Use recycled wrapping paper!

Recycled wrapping paper from Ethical Superstore 

  1. Instead of buying a Christmas tree, rent it instead.

  1. Try sending Ecards or a festive video instead of a Christmas card, you could even send it with a M&M gift Voucher

Ecard from CrossCards

Sincerely Madia & Matilda 

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