Lancashire Times
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1:00 AM 18th November 2023

It’s The Most Wasteful Time Of The Year!

Photo by Isaac Martin on Unsplash
Photo by Isaac Martin on Unsplash
As the days grow colder and the nights grow longer, the glow of Christmas is on the horizon.

However, as we anticipate the festive season, we must also consider its environmental impact. Research reveals that 21 million people receive at least one unwanted gift each Christmas, with waste increasing by 30% during the period. Is the most wonderful time of year also the most wasteful?

As pioneers for sustainability, British Wool urges us all to pause and reflect before making hasty purchases.

Stick to One Thoughtful Gift

Many of us feel the urge to shower our loved ones with gifts, believing that more is better. However, it's time to rediscover the essence of Christmas. Thoughtful, high-quality, and meaningful gifts can be more powerful than a pile of presents.

“There are so many wool products that make for the perfect Christmas present, whether its fashion, crafts or home interiors. These items are ethically sourced and are made with the high-quality material of British wool,” says Graham Clark from British Wool.

Photo by Erica Marsland Huynh on Unsplash
Photo by Erica Marsland Huynh on Unsplash
Opt for Eco-Friendly Wrapping

The choice of wrapping matters just as much as the gift itself. Each year, a staggering 227,000 miles of wrapping paper end up as waste. To combat this, consider alternatives such as paper or other biodegradable materials. A beautifully wrapped gift in sustainable packaging adds an extra layer of care and responsibility.

Combat Food Waste

Christmas dinner is undoubtedly a highlight of the day. However, the excessive food waste generated during this meal is drastically increasing. Approximately 66% of people admit to overbuying Christmas food, leading to wastage and overcrowded landfills.

This year, plan your festive feast more thoughtfully to reduce waste, don’t make any more than needed. Unless you are planning for boxing day leftovers. If you know that people are opposed to a brussels sprout then there is no need to make a portion of everyone, even if it is tradition!

Consider donating excess food to those in need or finding creative ways to use leftovers, many people don’t have the luxury of anything for Christmas Dinner. So, where you can, donate.

For more information on British Wool and sustainability click here