Skip To Content

    If You Care About The Environment, Do These 9 Things This Christmas

    'Tis the season to not be a trash-tastic human.

    1. Ditch the plastic tree in favour of something lush, leafy and real for your home.

    Getty Images

    There's great debate over which option is more environmentally friendly — faux or real. But the most sustainable Christmas tree is actually a potted plant (such as an Aussie native pine), because you can make use of it year after year. Plus, hello legitimate reason to purchase another plant baby.

    Even if your intention is to buy and reuse a plastic tree, it's better to buy a real plant because they are 100% biodegradable and easily recycled. On the other hand, the fakies won't ever decompose — meaning they'll eventually end up in landfill.

    2. Do NOT buy a bunch of one-use plates and cutlery — simply because you want to avoid the chore of washing up.

    Getty / BuzzFeed

    Yes, the temptation to avoid an hour's worth of washing up post-lunch is strong, but you're better than that.

    Contrary to what you may believe, just because the plate is made of paper does not mean you can chuck it in the recycling bin when the meal is done. As soon as you get food grease, crumbs and leftover slop all over those bad boys, they become completely unsuitable for recycling plants — so they end up in the landfill.

    3. Choose reusable or recyclable wrapping paper, instead of that heinously shiny stuff that's destined for a bin.

    4. Practice conscious shopping when it comes to gift buying.

    Getty Images/ BuzzFeed

    Don't buy mindless gifts just for the sake of ticking a box of 'generosity' this year. Aussies receive over 20 million unwanted gifts at Christmastime — that makes for a hell of a lot of landfill trash.

    This year, consider homemade gifts (you can't go wrong with a bottle of fresh pesto) as well as 'coupons' for gestures throughout the year (what parent wouldn't love to receive a coupon book for homemade dinners and household chores?).

    5. Or, if you really want to buy gifts that you can wrap up under the tree, consider eco-friendly buys like beeswax wraps, keep cups and more.

    6. Consider replacing your meaty hero dish with something that puts veg in the spotlight.

    7. Limit food waste by considering compost or worm-feeding with your Christmas leftovers.

    Getty Images / BuzzFeed

    TBH, this is something you should be doing all year long, but particularly at Christmastime, when so many food scraps get chucked straight in the bin.

    Food waste in landfills breaks down in a way that generates greenhouse gases, including methane, which affect air quality and contribute to climate change. Even if you are a renter living in an apartment, there are composting options for you.

    8. Do away with plastic decorations in favour of DIY, all-natural ones.

    9. And finally, buy plantable Christmas cards.