Posted By:The iYFA Team

Post Date:December 8, 2017

We’re dreaming of a Green Christmas

According to the bookmakers the likelihood of a white Christmas in Chiswick this year is no more than 20%; however, at iYFA we’re dreaming of a Green Christmas and would like to help make that percentage very high.

So here are a few ideas on how you can make your festive season more environmentally friendly and there’s no better place to start than with your Christmas tree.

The Woodland Trust say that a real tree is more environmentally-friendly than an artificial one. They say that you would need to keep an artificial tree for at least 20 years to make up for the energy used in its production and even then you would still have the problem of disposing of the tree.

But even with a real tree there are things you need to take into consideration when buying it. It’s not practical for everyone, we know, but if you can get a tree with a root and plant it out after Christmas for next year. Not only is this the most environmentally-friendly but it also saves money. However, for most of us, this isn’t possible, so there other things we can do, such as buying locally grown FSC certified trees or, even better, buying locally-produced trees that are harvested by hand. And of course by avoiding plastic tree decorations.

Which brings us to the lights, including those wonderful outdoor lighting displays (well most of them). These all use a great deal of electricity which drains natural resources, so what can we do here? One very simple thing is to remember to turn the lights off at bedtime. When you need new lights, or are buying lights, get LED as these use 95% less energy than the traditional bulbs and last far, far longer. With outside lights consider using solar LED strings.

Okay, now for present buying. There are a few simple things you can do here that are more environmentally-friendly. Buy locally-made gifts as many of today’s marketplace gifts have been flown halfway around the world; the impact of this transportation adds significantly to greenhouse emissions. Buy gifts made from recycled sources; if you look around you can find some wonderful gifts made in this way. Give ‘battery-free’ gifts, as discarded batteries are an environmental hazard.

And then of course we have the wrapping of all those lovely presents. Why not use environmentally friendly wrapping paper made from fibres such as hemp and recycled content and avoid using foil and metallic wrapping paper? Reuse gift wrap where possible, if you tie with ribbon (eco-friendly) and use tape sparingly, if at all, the wrapping paper is easier to reuse. Another idea is to use old maps, posters, comic strips, etc., as an imaginative and personal wrapping paper.

So, what about the turkey and the trimmings? Well, here again it is best to buy locally and it’s the same with your vegetables. This is all about saving ‘food miles’. The other benefit of buying vegetables locally is that there is less food waste, as you only buy what you need, you save money, and you ditch most of that wasteful plastic packaging as local farm shops tend to use paper bags. Another useful eco-friendly item to have with you when shopping is one, or more than one, of the iYFA eco Boxes.

As you can see there are lots of things that you can do to have a greener Christmas, and really we’ve only touched the surface here, so we are confident of having an environmentally-friendly Christmas.

The iYFA Team


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