1) Keep it Natural - keep your Christmas traditional this year, with plenty of natural decorations. Why not make a wreath for your door with items collected from a cold morning walk. You can use pine cones throughout the home - cheap, and incredibly Chirstmassy. Fruits, Nuts, Applies & Cinnamon sticks will all help create the Christmas feel. Complete with low air miles, and nearly all biodegradable.
2) Wrapping Paper - when rushing around on Christmas Eve its easy to buy rolls of shiny, plastic wrapping paper - covered in bright dyes. Avoid it this year, and use recycled brown wrapping paper, finished with a vintage style bow and tag for some extra class.
3) Recycle your Tree - when the Christmas season is over, and the decorations are coming down, make sure your Christmas Tree is taken to a recycling bank. Your local council will sometimes collect them, or DIY stores often have a place for them. They can then be broken down into wood chips and used by landscapers
4) Conserve Energy - Christmas is full of lights and batteries for the Children's newest toys. Make sure you're organised this year. Put your Christmas Tree lights on a timer. Not only is it one thing less to think about, it also ensures they are definitely turned off. Get a stack load of rechargable batteries in. The toys will drain batteries like there is no tomorrow.
5) Buy Local - Hidden in the Countryside just outside the Urban town you'll find lots of little Farm Shops. The produce they sell will be second to none, they won't be as busy as the supermarkets, and the money you spend in them will benefit the local community. They'll have a whole range of fresh meats, chutneys, pickles and stocks. Fantastic fresh produce, and fantastic prices (without the air miles!).
This is protecttheplanet.co.uk guide to enjoy a reponsible, environmentally friendly Christmas. If you'd like Eco-friendly Christmas Presents, or environmentally friendly decorations, then check out our ecostore.