We all love Christmas, there is no denying that it is the most wonderful time of the year!
However, there are downsides to the fabulous gifts, the scrumptious dinner, and the festive treats. A lot of it leaves piles of waste lying around, things that aren’t recyclable and a lot of waste that could be avoided.
Here’s how to have a zero-waste Christmas dinner:
Buy from your local butcher
Let’s start with the main problem – meat. Most people buy their Christmas turkey (or whatever your preference is) from the supermarket, these come in non-recyclable plastic packaging. That’s already one bit of waste, and that’s if you don’t bring your own re-useable bag to carry it home! In order to combat this, there are some alternative, zero-waste ways to get your meat.
One of these ways is to buy from your local butcher. Not only are you helping your community, but you are saving the planet, one turkey at a time. If you buy from your butcher, you can take it home in your own container, and, to really cut out waste, use leftovers.
Buy from your local fruit and veg shop
You can also buy your fruit and veg locally, from your local market, veg shop, or if you don’t have access to these, you can buy loose fruit and veg from the supermarket, either bring your own container or use the reusable bags they have in store.
Cheese is another big thing for Christmas in many households. To reduce your waste when buying cheese, try and buy some in wax coating instead of plastic wrapping. Wax is biodegradable and better for the planet.
Make it yourself
You also have the option to make a lot of the food that contributes to the waste yourself, from scratch, producing no waste.
The first, arguably the most popular option is to make all your deserts for the day and night yourself, cutting out the unnecessary plastic waste. You can also find a lot of the ingredients for these things in local zero waste shops, reducing your waste even more.
You can also cut down waste by making your own advent calendars or buying a reusable one. This saves you throwing one out every year and even better, you can fill each day with whatever you want! On that note, you can also get biodegradable or reusable napkins!
Other useful resources:
If you want to make the switch to living a more zero waste life, find lots of delicious recipes here.
This article was originally published to TheSprout in 2019.