Celebrate the festive season plastic free!
Whilst we celebrate in different ways, it is heartening to know millions of Plastic Free July participants are still choosing to refuse single-use plastics during the festive season.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.
Buy nothing new
Many people are choosing to ‘make their own’ gifts or gifting ‘experiences’.
Here are some favourites:
- Make food items such as preserved lemons, chutney, pickles, kombucha or jam.
- Make beauty products like body scrub.
- Make home décor like candles, knit or sewn blanket or pillow case.
- Write a poem, song, or short story.
- Create artwork; painting, drawing, dried flowers or a wall mural.
- Make or buy gift vouchers; dinner out or a picnic, a visit to a local attraction, dance/yoga/guitar classes, tickets to a show or homemade housework credits.
- Donate to a charity or cause they believe in.
- Choose second hand treasures
Plastic free gift wrapping
The ideas are endless. Here are just a few popular ones:
- Fabric scraps; tablecloth, bed sheets, old t-shirts, vintage fabric…embracing the traditional Japanese art of Furoshiki.
- Fabric that is part of the gift; tote bags, produce bags, vintage scarf, tea towel.
- Choose to reuse wrapping paper; brown paper shopping bags, newspaper and magazines.
- Gift bags; reuse the same bags
- Hosting a plastic free festive party
For table settings
- Go natural – For table centrepieces or around the home use natural foliage, such as twigs, pine cones and holly. All these are plastic free, reusable and can be composted once used.
- Edible tree decorations – As an alternative to plastic-wrapped edible tree decorations such as candy canes, try hanging foil-wrapped chocolate or using small fabric stockings or bags filled with treats.
- Bunting isn’t just for birthdays – Festive bunting makes a great decoration which can be used year after year. You may be able to hire bunting locally or make your own from scrap material or old Christmas cards.
This year participants reduced an estimated 2.1 million tonnes of waste and recycling. It’s clear that together we can be part of the plastic pollution solution. We look forward to continuing to make a difference with you in 2022.
Source: Plastic Free July