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Here are 24 useful tips on how you can have a more eco Christmas.

We're dreaming of a WasteAware Christmas. Waste less, reuse more and recycle right.

1st December - biscuits

This Christmas, support small independent businesses and get unique gifts and locally produced food.

2nd December - a wooden decoration

Get creative and make your own Christmas decorations or even your own tree from stuff you'd normally throw away.

3rd December - jars

Stocking up on mincemeat or cranberry sauce? Remember, glass jars can be recycled.

4th December - household objects

Having a clear out before Christmas? One person's waste is another person's treasure. Donate items to a local charity shop, reuse centre, sell them or give them to those in need.

5th December - recycling bins

Plan ahead and check what festive waste can go where.

6th December - labels saying 'want', 'need', 'wear' and 'read'.

Don't buy knick knacks that no one is going to use. Try "want, need, wear, read" as your shopping mantra.

7th December - a clock and a calendar

Could you give a gift with almost no packaging? For inspiration, see this list or go plastic-free.

8th December - batteries

Stocking up on batteries? Dispose of them at your nearest recycling centre or at battery banks in shops, not in your bin at home.

9th December - a pie

Remember, foil packaging from your mince pies can be recycled.

10th December - a Christmas tree

If you're buying a real Christmas tree, put it in a pot and keep it watered so it'll last longer. After Christmas, you can take it to a recycling centre or check locally on how to recycle it at kerbside.

11th December - gift cards

Try these no-waste gifts:

  • Make memories with days out and activities like escape rooms or theatre tickets.
  • Give the gift of time by offering to help in the garden or babysit.

12th December - cardboard boxes

Reuse delivery boxes to disguise a gift or wrap an awkwardly shaped present. Recycle it if you don't need it. Find out what else you can recycle!

13th December - a dress

Need a new party dress? Check out your local charity shop or host a swishing event with your friends over some mulled wine. Find out how to look after your clothes.

14th December - a recycling bag

15th December - trees

16th December - receipts

17th December - crushed cans

18th December - gift bags

19th December - a shopping list

20th December - metal items

21st December - recycling containers

22nd December - plastic tubs

23rd December - gift boxes

24th December - alcoholic drinks

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25th December - a bauble saying 'Merry Christmas'

Spot at least 3 hidden baubles on our Advent doors and enter to win a sustainable living hamper from Planet Organic. Two runners up will each receive a pair of Solemate Socks, made from recycled cotton. See terms and conditions for more information.


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