HAVE A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS EVE!
More than ever, we feel the need to put glitter in our life and celebrate Christmas with joy. With the current situation, things were put into perspective. We are all looking forward to this special time with our loved ones, yet, no question of falling into the traps of excessive and wasteful consumption.
Sus. Live invites you to discover how to have a Sustainable Christmas eve.
1. MAKE AN ECOLOGICAL KING’S FEAST
Did you know that food represents a high percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention the amount of food waste generally generated?
Let’s have an ecological king feast to lower impacts for Christmas eve’s dinner by:
• using local and seasonal products and giving priority to quality meat and vegetable products.
• avoiding overloading the food for each guest. Instead of a three-course the main course, opt for a buffet that includes all types of meals in the right quantities for all tastes and choices.
• opting for an eco-friendly recipe such as our superb vegan cookie recipe that we would like to offer you.
And if you are afraid of not finishing the leftovers, plan doggy bags to distribute to the guests. It’s always a pleasure!
Who said it was only for children’s party to leave the party happy with food to take away?
2. HAVE SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Without trees and decorations, it’s not really Christmas!
We know that decorating puts us in the Christmas mood. However, nothing prevents you from bringing back the magic of Christmas by being more ecoresponsible for your decoration. Not to mention that bringing a green touch, has its charm and originality nowadays.
Opt for DIY decorations, reuse tablecloths used from previous years but arranged and decorated differently, even recuperate grandma’s if needed. For the cosy atmosphere, use natural scented candles and string lights with LED bulbs to save up energy.
What about the Christmas tree?
Between the supporters of the natural tree and the artificial tree concerning the cutting down of trees vs plastic yet reusable over years, the debate is raging among environmentalists. Our solution to bring everyone to an agreement: a tree made from recycled products. For example, you can glue a patchwork of photos in the shape of a tree on the wall, hang balls and garlands on a ladder, create a wooden one or build a pyramid of books.
3. GET YOUR TREASURES OUT OF THE CLOSET
Why buy disposable paper or plastic cutlery that will end up in the landfill, spending money unnecessarily when you have beautiful cutlery at home.
It’s time to take out the beautiful cutlery kept in the cupboards for special occasions and use it to set the table for Christmas Eve dinner.
Use your traditional cutlery and plates instead of buying disposable paper or plastic cutlery for the party or dinner.
4. PROVIDE YOUR FINE SUSTAINABLE BOTTLES
What would Christmas be without a fine bottle, some would say?
A fine bottle is not only a fine wine. First of all, glass bottles are thinner than plastic bottles. Also, for water bottles at the table, forget about plastic bottles, get out the family carafes that sleep in the cupboards or opt for the beautiful glass bottles that you can even decorate.
For fans of cocktails, alcoholic or not, or kids who love homemade juice, use stainless steel straws. You can also find suppliers of reusable bamboo straws. Find artisans who can personalize the straws with an engraved message, logo, or first name. It will avoid confusing guests’ glasses, plus, it would be a nice intention that can be a take-away gift from the party.
5. HAVE ECOLOGICAL GIFTS AND GIFT WRAPPINGS
There is little chance of making a mistake (and therefore wasting money) with a non-material gift.
A pet or a gift certificate, a restaurant, a course, an experience, a subscription… The choice is endless. Homemade gifts include homemade jams, shortbread, cookies, cosmetics made with love, and other handcrafted creations. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, offer your gifts to local artisans.
And since wrapping is part of the pleasure of receiving, don’t neglect it but reuse newspaper and tissue paper, old road maps, wallpaper and fabric scraps, glass jars, metal tins.
And for a personal touch, wrap everything with ribbons, raffia, buttons, candies, holly, a Christmas tree.
Between the flashing garlands, the decaying cut trees, and the rolls of wrapping paper, Christmas isn’t exactly friendly to the environment. Thanks to our green ideas, we hope to have given you some ecological alternatives to counter this waste and have a sustainable Christmas eve