Are you hosting this year? Do you have enough cutlery? Or a big enough serving bowl? If not, aim to borrow or buy second-hand over buying new or disposable items.
Head to the Tip Shop and get cutlery and crockery for a steal. If you don’t need the items long term, simply donate them back again.
If you’re off on holiday and need a tent or chilly bin - try the Tip Shop, Facebook marketplace, or borrow from a neighbour or friend.
Don’t buy into Boxing Day Sales! It might be tempting to buy things when they’re cheap, but make sure you’re not impulse buying. If there are a few things you’ve wanted or needed for a while and have seriously thought about – make a list of these before Boxing Day and make a rule to not buy anything not on the list. We often feel pressure to make the most of a deal but there’s no need – sales will come and go but trash is for life!
Dispose of stuff the right way
If you’re replacing batteries in Christmas lights, don’t throw the old ones in the bin, bring them to one of or seven battery recycling collection points. If you’re opting for a real Christmas tree this year, dispose of for free at the Tip Shop/Recycle Centre from Boxing Day. This way it’ll go to Capital Compost and be made into compost products rather than ending up in landfill – and it’ll save you money.
Sustainable change doesn’t have involve spending lots of money and overhauling all our habits. Celebrating in a considered way is easier than you think!