Reducing your plastic pollution this Christmas doesn’t need to get in the way of the festivities. In fact, it could enhance your gift-giving game. Try these earth-friendly stocking fillers with the capacity to last, and a great way to start your loved ones off for the new year.
One of the easiest ways to reduce our plastic pollution is using a keep-cup when we pop in for a takeaway coffee. It’s basic but effective.
But what keeps a lot of people back from making the commitment is sometimes having to make the initial investment but usually, they don't like the idea of carrying around the cup. Did you know that you can get collapsible keep-cups? You can carry them easily in your handbag, workbag or even your pocket.
A favourite coffee shop might have its own brand (and even offer a discount when you use it).
(In the same way, a good quality reusable water bottle is a great gift that lasts).
Tote bags are everywhere, and there is certainly one for everyone. There is something so satisfying about using shopping with a bag that suits your personality, whether they’re just your favourite colour or a pattern or material you like, or whether they make you feel involved in an Organisation you care about (if they’re branded).
Single use carrier bags are a huge contributor to plastic pollution. Day to day totes are a much stronger and more durable alternative to the plastic carrier, and really you can’t have enough of them.
They are also a great alternative to gift-wrap for wrapping your presents (much of which is lined with hidden plastic).
Treats in Jars
Widely available around the festive season, getting your treats in a glass jar or metal box that isn’t the same old plastic always feels a little bit special. But it doesn’t stop there. Once the treats have been munched, there is no need to throw away the packaging: this gift can keep on giving.
Glass jars, metal tins, and wooden boxes are all extremely useful (and often very attractive) objects to keep and use around the house, for storing cotton pads in the bathroom, biscuits or oats in the kitchen, paper clips in the office, and just those odd bits and bobs in the bedroom.
(If you’re having trouble getting a label off, soaking in hot water with a bit of soap before scraping it off usually does the trick.)
Natural Fibres Socks and Pyjamas
Not only are natural, socks, and pyjamas much cosier and longer-lasting than artificial alternatives, they won’t release plastic microfibres into the water system with every wash. (Joy to the world!)
Wool is traditional, cotton is great, and bamboo socks are also a great alternative (not just for pandas). They can be slightly pricier (but when you’re getting socks for Christmas they might as well be special). Just check the label when you’re shopping, and you’re bound to feel the difference.
A Stocking ? ?
A stocking is a quaint and festive way to deliver your presents, and a little gift-for-life that can be used every year (without risk of going out of fashion).
Replacing your usual plastic-lined glossy wrapping paper with a fabric stocking is another way to cut down on unnecessary plastic waste.
Are you going plastic-free this Christmas? Do you have any tips on stocking fillers that you could share?
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