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Cut the Carbon This Christmas with These Five Tips

Are you playing host to family and friends at home this year? If so, why not make this most wonderful time of the year a little less wasteful?

 

By following a few simple steps, you can eat, drink and be merry – and kinder to the environment.

 

 

Shop local

 

Reduce your food miles by sourcing your cooking produce from farm shops or local suppliers that sell homegrown goods. Opt for seasonal veg such as cauliflower, parsnips and Brussels sprouts.

 

Plan your purchases

 

Many people buy too much food out of concern that they might run out on the big day. But usually, there’s more than enough to go around. Plan your shop carefully so you don’t overbuy (this will save you money, too). If you do buy a few extras, make sure they’re non-perishable.

 

Give away leftovers

 

Once the festivities are over, give any excess food away via the local sharing app Olio. You can give fresh and non-perishable items, along with any unwanted presents.

 

 

Recycle

 

It may sound obvious to mention recycling, but every Christmas in the UK, 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging that could be recycled goes to landfill*. Make sure you recycle all the packaging from food and presents. Also, see if your local council runs a Christmas tree recycling scheme. Many councils turn the trees into woodchips and use them in parks and public areas.

 

Reuse

 

Did you know that in the UK, we throw away 277,000 miles of Christmas wrapping paper each year?**One way we can turn this statistic around is to reuse wrapping paper wherever we can. So instead of binning all your paper after opening your presents, keep the larger pieces and use them again next year.

 

From all of us here at Chamberlains, we hope you have a fabulous festive season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

 

 

 

*Source: GWP Group

** Source: GWP Group

 

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