By Thomas Shaw on the 16th November 2019
Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year! It’s easy for us to get ‘wrapped up’ in the magic at this time of year, but Christmas can have a detrimental effect on our environment. Those twinkling lights create a lovely image of festivity, but their impact on the environment is less than pretty. Not only do they increase your utility bills, but they also use higher levels of electricity, draining our planets natural resources, one twinkling bulb at a time. The amount of wrapping paper and Christmas cards used each year create mountainous levels of excess card and paper, exploiting our forests natural materials.
So, how can you have an ‘Eco’ Christmas, without being a Scrooge?
#1 – Festive Decorations
Are your decorations looking a bit old and shabby? The winter landscape is dominated with reds and greens, so get out there for some natural decorations rather than buying new ones. Sprigs of holly and fir, twigs and branches, mistletoe and pine cones make beautiful additions to your Christmas home.
#2 – Crockery and Cutlery
It’s that time of year when throw-away plates and plastic cups make an appearance. Proper plates, with real cutlery and glasses will not only make a classier get together, but you’ll dramatically reduce your plastic waste.
#3 – Give Plastic Free Gifts or Experiences
Don’t fill those stockings with plastic! What about re-usable coffee cups or water bottles? Why not gift an experience day or a concert ticket?
#4 – Gift Wrap
Give your Christmas presents that nostalgic feel with recycled brown parcel paper tied in twine or cloth ribbon, add some seasonal greenery. Use last year’s Christmas cards for tags. You will have beautifully wrapped gifts and be saving the environment. Shredded paper is a great alternative to polystyrene to protect breakables. Another option is to wrap presents in once loved fabric.
#5 – Plastic Free Christmas Dips
Avoid the standard four pack of plastic packed dips this year and make super quick dips completely plastic free.
Hummus. Blend chickpeas from a tin with garlic, tahini from a glass jar, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and salt. Add some cumin or paprika for some warming festive spice.
Sour cream. Mix soft cheese in foil with mayonnaise from a glass jar. You’ll be amazed how much this tastes like sour cream!
#6 – Make your own Christmas Crackers
Avoid shop bought crackers with cheap, tacky plastic gifts that will end up in landfill. Use the instructions below to make your own!
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#7 – Don’t get caught short with your Modern Milkman Delivery
Remember to check your delivery days over Christmas to ensure that you have enough supplies over Christmas and the New Year and avoid the need for those shop bought plastic bottles. You can amend your order or create a ‘one-time order’ easily on the app, to accommodate for the holiday season and all those extra visitors. If you need any support with this then please contact us.
Christmas Deliveries –
|Scheduled Deliveries||Actual Deliveries|
|23rd December 2019||23rd December 2019|
|24th December 2019||24th December 2019|
|25th December 2019||23rd December 2019|
|26th December 2019||24th December 2019|
|27th December 2019||27th December 2019|
|28th December 2019||28th December 2019|
|30th December 2019||30th December 2019|
|31st December 2019||31st December 2019|
|1st January 2020||30th December 2019|
|2nd January 2020||31st December 2019|
Normal deliveries resume from 3rd January 2020.
We wish you a very Merry ‘Eco’ Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From All at The Modern Milkman