Have yourself a green Christmas
A blog post by Ross Brannigan
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
We always live in hope of a white Christmas, but here in Scotland the weather never seems to deliver the goods. What we can promise for Christmas 2018, though, is for you to have a very merry and green Christmas.
It is at this time of year we indulge ourselves a little more, but that shouldn’t mean we have to sacrifice our hard work making Scotland a more sustainable place to live.
We have made a list (and checked it twice) to give you some tips on how you can make this Christmas as green as possible!
• Christmas dinner made sustainable: We all go a little overboard at Christmas dinner, but instead of buying four dozen cocktail sausages you could save on the added food and packaging waste by thinking smart about your portions. You’ll also have extra space for that homemade Christmas cake!
• Hold on to leftovers: Going for a walk on Boxing Day? Make your own Christmas sandwich with your leftover turkey. This is delicious! Otherwise, check out some recipes online.
• Use Amazon Smile: Online Christmas shopping? Did you know can support our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable and it won't cost you a penny! Select us as your charity using Amazon Smile then shop as usual!
• Buy local food: Support your local farm by getting your turkey there. Also, look out for the stamps on your food packaging that show your food was made and packaged in Scotland.
• Buy local gifts: There are so many fantastic shops that you can get quirky and practical gifts from. For the cyclist in your family, there’s no need to buy online when your local bike shop has all you need!
• Give memories: Make memories at Christmas by getting someone tickets to concerts or a fun day out.
• Go second-hand: Facebook is now full of second-hand items, and eBay still has lots of items ready for a new lease of life!
• Green wrapping: Wrapping paper is just that – paper! Reuse the newspaper you have kept back that week, or even use bits of an old map. Other ideas are using fabric, like pillow cases or scarves – which is very popular in Japan – or reusable gift bags.
• Recycle: It goes without saying – recycle what you cannot reuse! Torn wrapping paper should be recycled, as well as your food packaging (check what your area recycles if you are unsure).
• Hold on to your Christmas cards: Any cards you receive, hold on to them and use them for gift tags for next year.
• Send e-cards: Instead of sending cards, send an online Christmas card. Look out for charity e-cards, too, which allow you to donate to a charity with your Christmas card.
• Pass a gift on: Instead of sending items back that are duplicates or not wanted, pass them on to someone who would! It cuts out return shipping and gives someone a surprise!
• Reusable Christmas crackers: Ultimately, Christmas crackers have one use and they are in the bin. Instead, there are guides on how to make fabric and reusable crackers – give them a try!
• Make a resolution to live sustainably in 2019.
Did we miss any? Let us know how you make your Christmas eco-friendly. Merry Christmas!