For every one of us, Christmas may be the happiest season of the year. However, it’s also one of the most polluting times of year, with a rise in the amount of waste created and disposed of.
We frequently eat out and attend parties throughout the holiday season to celebrate. We send Christmas cards to everyone we know and can spend excessive amounts of money on gifts for friends and family. Stores seduce us with offers, luring us to purchase gleaming new presents, home decor, and holiday goodies presented in opulent-appearing packaging. Unfortunately, a large portion of all decor is single-use and gets disposed of in landfills, harming the environment. Christmas is a time of tradition and celebration, so it should come as no surprise that each year a significant amount of waste is generated. So, here’s how you can make this festive season, as Andy Williams says, the most wonderful time of the year and not the most wasteful one.
The easiest way to make this happen is for us to obviously stop purchasing products that would be harmful to the environment. Instead of buying gift wrapping paper, save your old newspapers or buy some recycled parcel paper and artfully wrap it with twine and some holly leaves. This season also try making your own Christmas décor. Make origami or twig stars or use some dehydrated orange slices for a rustic garland. But, if you don’t have the knack for arts and crafts, then fear not as we have a curated a list of online stores where you can purchase beautifully handcrafted sustainable décor.
This Trio Christmas set by Think Artly adds up to the Christmas cheer. This set is very versatile, as you can add it to your coffee tables or consoles or simply use it at an entryway. Whichever way you style it, this piece is sure to spread Christmas Cheers to the onlookers. Buy here
The Orange Rose by Okhai is a must add to your Christmas shopping list. String these handmade crochet lights to celebrate and illuminate your festive moments. And then loop them around your bed, desk or bookrack to set a soft mood. Buy here
West Elm India
West Elm’s ‘12 Days of Christmas’ Ornament set will make a cute addition on your Christmas tree. It’s a charming way to count down the days to Christmas and adds instant cheer to the trees. The sets are hand felted from wool and have an inner wire. Buy here
This beautiful white Macrame wreath makes a beautiful wall accent. It is made with a wooden ring and woven with cotton threads. The wreath is handmade and so it may have slight irregularities that are a natural outcome of the human involvement in the process. Buy here
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and let’s spread the Christmas cheer with delight full and twisted candy cane. Packed in a sustainable box with a message to say to the world. This Twisted Candy Cane Christmas Sack contains a Candy cane Placemat and a set of two Candy cane coasters, handwoven in the colours of Candy cane and a hint of glitter and jute. Buy here
These pretty star lanterns quickly set the mood for a cozy dinner at home or create a bright gossip corner for your party. Available in four attractive colours, you can choose your favourite shade or mix and match for a colourful look. You can open the lantern from one side to place a T-light candle inside. Another idea is to fill the lantern with a battery-operated fairy light inside for a dreamy look. Buy here