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How to have an eco-friendly Christmas on a budget

Posted on 4th December 2015 by Alex Heys

Being environmentally friendly doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, many low carbon and sustainable products today can be purchased for similar prices to their traditional counterparts. With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve put together some top tips to help you have an environmentally-friendly Christmas, while keeping the costs down.

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The Christmas tree

There are pros and cons to both real and fake trees. Most fakes are imported from China and are non-bio-degradable, yet millions of real Christmas trees are felled in the UK each December and then thrown away by January.

To be as eco-friendly as possible buy a real tree which you can recycle through the special collections scheme in January, set up by the local council. Another thing to check is that your tree is UK grown; you can do this by buying it from a retailer that is BCTGA registered.

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Decorations

Why don’t you make your own decorations this year? It is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way of sprucing up your home. Get started by clicking here for some inspirational ideas.

When it comes to the lights – LEDs are the best option as they use less energy than normal bulbs, they are also less of a fire hazard as they omit cool heat.

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Gifts

If you are looking for gifts then have a look at our last blog post where we’ve suggested 12 eco-friendly Christmas gifts at a range of prices.

If you are on a tight budget and want to be environmentally conscious with your gifts, then consider homemade presents. Food gifts such as homemade jam, fudge and biscuits are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. We like these gingerbread reindeers!

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Food

After gifts, food and drink is the second biggest expense at Christmas. While it is not always possible to buy fair trade or organic when on a budget, there are a few things to consider when doing the Christmas food shop. To cut costs down you can buy on bulk from a local supplier. By going directly to smaller traders, you can get wholesale prices if you are buying large amounts of produce such as meat and vegetables. Local suppliers are also great if you are catering for a smaller affair, by removing the middle man they can offer organic and free-range products for a reduced price.

While buying organic can sometimes seem costly, it’s worth prioritising which products you buy based on the amount of pesticides they contain – this guide will help. It’s also worth shopping around – depending on where you live essentials such as milk, yoghurt and butter can often be cheaper if you buy organic.

Alex Heys Author: Alex Heys Google+
Head of Marketing and Communications at Flow: A true believer in the power of words and the importance of the experience.

 

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