Traditions and Family Heirlooms
Perhaps the most sustainable option when it comes to decorating the house is dusting off our already over-flowing collection of baubles. Aside from the nostalgia that comes from handcrafted decorations returning year on year atop the fireplace, bringing out these ‘family heirlooms’ as opposed to buying new ones every year dramatically reduces your Christmas waste.
Sparkle, be it from twinkling lights or metallic baubles, is indisputably a necessary component when turning our Christmas trees into festive centerpieces. Though the most sustainable way to decorate is with the collection we already have, if your bauble stash needs a little updating why not try and steer clear of glitter and achieve a similar effect with glass. As well as being a fully recyclable and natural material, its reflective nature will leave your tree twinkling without the added addition of micro-plastics. For a more traditional and Scandi-inspired aesthetic, baubles crafted out of wood and paper will bring back an earthy and nordic vibe to your tree - just ensure that they are FSC certified and sustainably sourced where possible.
In addition to the baubles, considering the lights you are using to decorate can have a big impact on your Christmas carbon footprint. According to Energy Saving Trust, an extravagant light display can produce enough carbon dioxide to fill 95 telephone boxes during the 12 days of Christmas alone. If including lights is non-negotiable, be it on your house or your tree, ensure that you are using LED powered lights, with these requiring 90% less energy than their incandescent alternatives. Better yet, rely on green energy and power your outdoor light display with solar-energy.