Buying a handmade gift from the UK that has been created using sustainable, non toxic materials is a great way to try and reduce your carbon footprint this Christmas. We’ve selected some products available at Folksy.com that have excellent green credentials. If you would like to have a greener, more eco friendly Christmas 2010, try a few of the tips we have listed below these enviromentally friendly gift ideas –
Tips for having a Green Christmas
- 8 million trees are chopped down in the UK alone at Christmas. We all love the look and smell of a real tree so why not consider hiring a Christmas tree instead of buying one, roots and all so it can be replanted (and you may even be able to hire the same one next year!) There are lots of great companies springing up that offer this service. Just google ‘rent a christmas tree’ for more details.
- Try to buy recycled cards and wrapping where possible that use 100% recyled card or paper, or why not re-use old cards to make new ones, it makes a great crafty activity for children too.
- Use LED fairy lights, they use much less electricity, they last longer and they are also cooler than incandescent fairy lights making them less of a fire hazard too.
- Packaging! Creating less rubbish is even greener than recycling, a buyer recently told Folksy that one of the reasons she loves shopping on Folksy is that our shopkeepers seldom use unnecessary packaging, just enough to keep the product safe and sound in transit. Many of our Folksy shopkeepers also use recycled packaging.
Are you going to be trying for a greener Christmas this year? – please share any tips you have, we’d love to hear them :)