It’s time to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Christmas & the environment

Christmas is just around the corner but while it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s not the most environmentally-friendly. The festive season is traditionally the period of peak consumption when we go all out on gifts and food to impress our guests. So the madness begins: Shopping, shopping, shopping. Consumption is rising to a whole new level within this time. What people tend to forget is what negative impact it has on our environment. So why not make this year our most eco-friendly, sustainable Christmas yet.

How to celebrate more consciously?

Small changes already make a huge difference in reducing our environmental footprint during the festive break. With this in mind, here are 5 ways for a more sustainable Christmas season:

Gift smartly

Finding the perfect Christmas present is never easy: Something the person actually needs, really likes so that it’ll be used for a long period of time. Especially gifting clothes can be very difficult because taste differs and we can never be sure about the exact fit. So this year why not give something that your friend likes and that actually fits? One of our very personalised WONDA vouchers. We know that maybe vouchers can sometimes come across as not personal enough: Not with us! You can choose the individual voucher value and make the voucher card super personal with sending us a photo that we will integrate into the card. We also offer a free 15-minute, personal, zoom consultation session for your friend. In this way, we will make sure that she’ll find her perfect fit and a piece that she actually loves. A Christmas present that couldn’t be more thought-out and sustainable.

Rent a Christmas tree

Even though on average seven million real trees are being dumped in January, they are still far more sustainable than artificial alternatives. So how about the most sustainable option: Renting a real tree. After the festive season it gets picked up at your place and will be replanted. Win, win.

Choose the right wrapping paper

Time to get creative. Either re-use last years wrapping paper, or if you buy a new one, opt for recycled wrapping paper, brown paper or tissue. Maybe your pillowcase does its job here as well.

Send eco-friendly Christmas cards

Make sure to use certified or recycled cards. Also, recycle or compost the cards you receive in January or why not turn them into decorations for next year.

Reduce your (food) waste

Try to get creative with your leftovers. There are enough apps and blogs that help you create something amazing from your leftovers. There are also food waste apps that you can use. They connect you to people in need in your local area. You simply list what’s available, snap a photo and share your location with other app users. When going food shopping (and shopping in general) try to bring your own shopping bags, avoid plastic bags and plastic-wrapped products. Small steps already make a great impact if we all do them.

Happy holiday season!