Christmas Decorations

Themes: Christmas

Impact:
Effort:
Cost saving:
£: No up-front costs
person sewing a fabric 'gingerbread' person tree decoration at craft workshop. The decoration has a red bow and two 'buttons' one red, one white. In the background are the tools and materials for making fabric decorations.

Description

 

Shop shelves are usually lined with new and ever-increasing Christmas decorations from the minute Halloween finishes, with shop displays and adverts trying to tempt us to buy new and but more.  But new decorations each year can be costly to both our pockets and the planet.

There are many less expensive, more sustainable ways that can make your home feel just as festive:

  • Pack away safely your decorations each year meaning you can reuse them, and why not try fixing any that are broken rather than binning them
  • If you’re bored of your decorations, why not organise a decoration swap with family, friends or neighbours
  • If you’re short of sparkly baubles, check out your local charity shop, which often stock this time of year
  • The web and social media are full of fun and creative ways to make your own decorations including; nature wreaths, paper chains, popcorn strings, pom poms, or alternative baubles made from dried orange slices, pinecones or salt dough. This page is one example.
  • If you like the idea of homemade decorations but don’t have the time or inclination to make your own, many local charities, groups and shops sell sustainable, handmade decorations
  • Climate Community Action partner ACH will be selling handmade festive items at Bath Market and at Bristol Old Vic foyer on 17 Dec, 10am – 1pm
  • 7 Ways to support refugees this Christmas | ACH
  • Another Climate Community Action partner, Heart of BS13 are running wreath-making courses Sustainable Wreath Workshop – Heart of BS13 – they’re also hosting Christmas parties for businesses! Book your Christmas party with Heart of BS13! – Heart of BS13
  • Or you can Make a paper Christmas wreath – BBC Bitesize
  • The internet also has plenty tutorials on how to make your own Christmas crackers
  • Christmas lights may seem small and harmless, but lights are often left on for an average of 10 hours a day, having a big effect on our energy bills and the climate. To cut your costs and carbon footprint, why not try waiting until dark to switch yours on and make sure you turn them off before bed – it’s safer too. According to the Energy Saving Trust, LED Christmas lights are 90% cheaper to run compared to incandescent lights. Solar-powered lights and lights that run on timers are also more eco-friendly as they use less electricity.

Useful links

Christmas Decorations

Themes: Christmas

Impact:
Effort:
Cost saving:
£: No up-front costs
person sewing a fabric 'gingerbread' person tree decoration at craft workshop. The decoration has a red bow and two 'buttons' one red, one white. In the background are the tools and materials for making fabric decorations.

Description

 

Shop shelves are usually lined with new and ever-increasing Christmas decorations from the minute Halloween finishes, with shop displays and adverts trying to tempt us to buy new and but more.  But new decorations each year can be costly to both our pockets and the planet.

There are many less expensive, more sustainable ways that can make your home feel just as festive:

  • Pack away safely your decorations each year meaning you can reuse them, and why not try fixing any that are broken rather than binning them
  • If you’re bored of your decorations, why not organise a decoration swap with family, friends or neighbours
  • If you’re short of sparkly baubles, check out your local charity shop, which often stock this time of year
  • The web and social media are full of fun and creative ways to make your own decorations including; nature wreaths, paper chains, popcorn strings, pom poms, or alternative baubles made from dried orange slices, pinecones or salt dough. This page is one example.
  • If you like the idea of homemade decorations but don’t have the time or inclination to make your own, many local charities, groups and shops sell sustainable, handmade decorations
  • Climate Community Action partner ACH will be selling handmade festive items at Bath Market and at Bristol Old Vic foyer on 17 Dec, 10am – 1pm
  • 7 Ways to support refugees this Christmas | ACH
  • Another Climate Community Action partner, Heart of BS13 are running wreath-making courses Sustainable Wreath Workshop – Heart of BS13 – they’re also hosting Christmas parties for businesses! Book your Christmas party with Heart of BS13! – Heart of BS13
  • Or you can Make a paper Christmas wreath – BBC Bitesize
  • The internet also has plenty tutorials on how to make your own Christmas crackers
  • Christmas lights may seem small and harmless, but lights are often left on for an average of 10 hours a day, having a big effect on our energy bills and the climate. To cut your costs and carbon footprint, why not try waiting until dark to switch yours on and make sure you turn them off before bed – it’s safer too. According to the Energy Saving Trust, LED Christmas lights are 90% cheaper to run compared to incandescent lights. Solar-powered lights and lights that run on timers are also more eco-friendly as they use less electricity.

Useful links

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