Monday, 3 December 2018

Sustainable and Plastic Free Christmas Decorating

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!! It's now officially Christmas, the first weekend of December is here and it is time to get those decorations up. This is actually the first year my husband and I have ever decorated for Christmas. Last year was our first Christmas as a married couple but it was so busy with my husband finishing uni and starting his job just before Christmas and I also had a period of very bad health meaning I had to leave my job. So this year we decided we would do it properly.

Christmas can be quite a hard time to be sustainable with a lot of decorations being made of cheap plastic and non-recyclable materials. I hated the idea of buying decorations that would be left on this planet for thousands of years to come once I was done with them. So instead of running out to the nearest garden centre we decided to start looking for a more ethical approach to Christmas decorations.

The Tree:

Of course you have to start with the tree. I was so excited to get my first Christmas tree and we knew one of the best ways we could be more sustainable was to pick a real tree over plastic. We also decided to choose a potted tree so that after Christmas we can put it in the garden (hopefully keep it alive!) and reuse it next year.

The Tree Decorations:

We had some copper wire fair lights already that wound around our book cases with a length of it left over which we tucked under the book case. We just pulled this out and found it wrapped around our tree perfectly.

We really didn't want to be buying a huge tube of cheap, sparkly plastic decorations and so we've decided our tree will be a little sparse for the first few years. Choosing instead to buy a few sustainable artisan decorations each year to add to our collection. Luckily I already had a couple from previous years.


This star was a present from Mum when she went to India and we felt it fit in perfectly as a top of the tree decoration.


These stars I picked up at the Ethical Christmas Shopping Event last weekend. They are from a brand called Tribe and Glory who made jewellery from surplus cow horn in Uganda with women who are at risk of being trafficked.


This super cute nativity was bought at the German Christmas market in Birmingham years ago with my Auntie Sarah.


My husband also made a load of super cute pom poms from the odds and ends of balls of wool I keep after finishing a knitting project. I love this home made little touch, so simple but so effective.


Wall Decorations:

I knew I would quite like a garland of some kind but we really couldn't afford to buy a beautiful fresh one this year and I really didn't have a spare moment to even think about making one. Instead I picked up this gorgeous garland from the Ethical Christmas Shopping Event. They are made in Thailand by artisans and the proceeds go support economic self-sufficiency initiatives. You can buy them here. I know I will be bringing these out year after year.



Candle:

I love a candle anytime of the year but especially Christmas. We always like to pick a lovely scented candle to give us all the Christmas feels in December. This year I picked up this beautiful candle from Lux and Luz London at the Ethical Christmas Shopping Event. We decided on Fig for our scent and being made from eco-soy and helping to support women suffering from domestic abuse it does more than just make us happy this Christmas.

I hope this has given you some inspiration and ideas for how you can have your own eco friendly, plastic free and ethical Christmas this year. Let me know in the comments what you're planning to do in your home this year. 
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