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. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Here's your annual reminder that most of that wrapping paper you ball up and chuck in the recycling bin come Boxing Day can't actually be recycled — so has to be relegated to the trash. Do your bit for Mother Nature by electing to use only recyclable paper, such as brown paper bags. Or you could consider up-cycling old newspapers for a truly ~on trend~ and eco-friendly aesthetic. 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. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Shop our top 14 environmental buys here. 6. Consider replacing your meaty hero dish with something that puts veg in the spotlight. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Your meat consumption takes a hefty toll on Mother Nature — from fuelling climate change, to polluting landscapes and waterways, not to mention the alarming issues of animal cruelty. Consider doing away with the typical Christmas slab of meat and putting on a colourful, delicious vegetarian main, like this stuffed roasted squash with pesto recipe. 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. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Glitter and sequins are so overrated...This Christmas, opt for something that smells delightfully like Christmas and will do Mother Nature a world of good. We're loving these dehydrated citrus decorations that would also make for the perfect Secret Santa prezzie. 9. And finally, buy plantable Christmas cards. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If you're feeling a lil' old school and want to send out Christmas cards this year, why not consider some plantable versions that your recipients can turn into itty-bitty, leafy babies!All of Greenery Lane's products are thoughtfully designed to minimise waste and any remaining packaging can either be composted or recycled! Best of all, their seed paper has teeny-tiny seeds embedded in the card, so you can turn that thoughtful Christmas sentiment into living, breathing plants.