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Plastic-Free Christmas (and 5 tips to reduce Christmas waste!)

As Halloween is just gone and Christmas is just around the corner (yes, we said it!), it made us think about waste and different ways of reducing it during the holidays. In our home country Finland, Christmas is taken seriously. After all, it is the home of Santa Claus himself!

On the one hand, you want to go all-in and don't want to compromise with the decorations and presents. On the other hand, you might be thinking whether there is something you could do more - or less in this case.

  • Re-use possible gift bags - our family has a tradition to re-use all the gift bags, again and again, it's not rare to receive a gift with a couple of names crossed over before your own; to X, to Y, to YOU. This may be a bit too much for some but even if you don't want to use ancient paper bags, try at least avoiding traditional wrapping paper. It's not recyclable due to plastic in it so remember to dispose of it correctly.

  • Be mindful with your grocery shopping. Are you really going to eat all that cheese or is it going to the bin after Christmas feast? What about the Christmas roast (or ham in Nordics) - could you try to add a bit more greens onto the table instead of another meat dish?

  • What kinds of presents are you giving this year? Could it be something intangible? Maybe a tasty dinner with you? Or another experience? Perhaps you could make something yourself? If you do want to give something tangible, Koti Lifestyle stock quite an impressive plastic-free selection of environmentally friendly gift ideas.

  • You can go even more hard-core and give second-hand gifts. Vintage and second-hand is a huge trend - why not expand it to Christmas presents?

  • Christmas decoration is lovely, sets the mood and makes everything look festive. This year, try to make some of your own Scandi-inspired, environmentally low-impact Christmas decoration like himmeli and instead of buying the trendiest new baubles, re-use old ones and if needed, maybe tune them a little bit.

What are your go-to tips for a bit greener Christmas? Did we forget something obvious?