How did you try to make Christmas more sustainable?


I think this is the first Christmas that I properly considered the environmental impact of the gifts that I was buying and requesting (I know, I know).

So for example, for my boyfriend I got this cute cup made of other cups, a voucher for a posh shave (#experiencesnotthings) and some fair trade chocolate :relaxed:

I also didn’t wrap them in paper, but that’s more to do with laziness than anything else :see_no_evil:

What about you? How did you try to do Christmas sustainably? (from gifts to food to decorations - whatever!)



I’ve bought lots of second hand books from oxfam, ebay, and wordery.

And helped to cook vegan versions of traditional Christmas food :slight_smile:


Any decent vegan Christmas recipes you can recommend? :see_no_evil:


Yep some great ones here.

And if you’d like to try a Romanian classic, check this out.


For me an ethical Christmas is one that goes beyond presents, but I haven’t managed to convince my big family, so I try the small steps approach :smiley:

It should be about getting together and sharing some quality time with family or friends. I was reading about this Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas eve and then spending the night reading from them :slight_smile: I find it charming. Now imagine those are second hand books from Oxfam or some dear book from your private collection that you think someone else would appreciate just as much.

I also think giving experiences rather than material gifts is better. However, if one does buy a material gift, it should be something the other really needs (carefully sourced, obviously :D).

Also, secret Santa could be a good start for downsizing, using our imagination more, and wasting less. You give an insignificant budget and pick the person. You can add other rules too, like buy independent, organic, local, etc. It depends. Even finding/making/buying the present can turn into a playful experience.


As for wrapping, I’ve been using used wrapping paper, newspapers and magazines pages. I got good reactions so far :smiley: You can write messages on them or make the most of the messages already printed on them… There’s this guy I found on Instagram who works in a travel agency and uses outdated maps as wrapping paper. These are maps that would be “destroyed”.
Lush is selling Knot-Wraps, which is based on the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki. “Made from either organic cotton or two recycled plastic bottles” and “they’re meant to be used again and again as a scarf, accessory or tote, so it’s a bit like giving two gifts in one”.
Well, the thing is, we can really go through those unused, damaged clothes in our own wardrobe, and, you know, use our imagination :slight_smile:

You can also buy recycled brown wrapping paper, but I still think using our imagination for a rather unimportant aspects of gifting is best :slight_smile:


Omg, I love the book giving tradition! Although it can be pretty stressful when someone gives you a book and you feel obliged to read it… :see_no_evil:

And AGREE that secret santa is awful sustainabilitywise. What’s the most ridiculous,unwanted secret santa gift you’ve seen? I’d say beard baubles.

Can you link to map wrapping paper guy? :slight_smile:


We used some recycled wooden planks to build a tree on the wall (we’ll be using it in the next years) and ate less and only vegan. Also, I finally managed to convince my mum not to buy a Christmas tree this year. Bought only one gift from a local business, I didn’t wrap it at all :slight_smile:


Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing Bogdan!


Well, I think at least it will lead to an interesting conversation :slight_smile: Ideally one does a bit of research before buying the book, or looking through his/her own private collection. I’m usually good at gifting books to family and old friends simply because I’ve known them for decades :smiley:

And here is the map wrapping guy:

I wonder if I should share my Time Out London and Radio Times wrapping paper :smiley: The covers are the best.


Oh wow, do you have a picture of the wooden plank tree?! :see_no_evil:

I’d also be interested to hear how you managed to convince your mum not to buy a tree? I can’t tell my parents anything…


Well, she has two cats now, and this helped (a lot). I just kindly asked her not to buy a tree anymore and she agreed. But it took me about 5 years at least to get here :slight_smile:

here’s our tree, (a cat is included) and our unwrapped gifts - sort of because the shoes already came in a cardboard box :frowning: .


Wow the tree is really pretty! Can you create a short "tutorial"on our blog for people who would like to do try next year? Sort of like this one? :pray:


So cuuute, I love it! :heart_eyes:


I like brown paper. The thicker one I use to place mushrooms on and slowly oven bake them. One does not need a tray when you have a good square of brown paper.


Let me get this right :slight_smile: You’re using brown paper for wrapping and also cooking? But not the same kind, right? :smiley: