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10 tips for a waste-free Christmas

Are you keen to make the most of the festive season – without the avoidable waste often generated at this time of year?

There are several easy ways to make the festivities a little less wasteful however. Check out our 10 top tips for a waste-free Christmas:

1. Buy pre-loved

Visit second-hand shops to find unique gifts that are built to last. Check out our list of Revolve certified stores – Scotland’s national re-use quality standard for retailers

2. Make memories

Go for an experience – like gig tickets, a fancy meal out, a hot air balloon trip or spa day – rather than material things for an unforgettable gift.

3. Add a personal touch

Tailor your wrapping paper by personality and give your gifts some flair. Wrap your fashionable friend’s gift using an old copy of Vogue, for example, or re-use old comics to wrap kids’ Christmas presents.

4. Make things last

Cut down on paper waste by sending e-cards or buying cards made from recycled paper.

5. Add value

Give someone the gift that keeps on giving. Memberships or courses, such as sewing, upholstery, or bike maintenance give people the chance to develop a skill as well as indulging in a hobby or passion.

6. Pay it forward

Received a gift you don’t need but don’t want to ask for the receipt? Return it for an exchange, re-gift it if someone else would love it, sell it online or feel great and donate it to charity.

7. Combine and conquer

Have fun, save money and get a gift you actually want with a friends and family Secret Santa. Put names in a hat along with a hint of what you would like.

8. Make your own

Get creative and give someone a one of a kind gift. Are you a keen cook? Cakes, jams and chutneys can make useful and thoughtful presents, and cut down on food waste.

9. Shop smart

Plan your meals before you go food shopping. Writing a list makes sure you don’t overbuy saves you money and prevents food waste.

10. Be green

Opt for solar power outdoor lights where possible and remember to turn your Christmas lights off when you’re out or in bed.

For more inspiration on unusual eco-friendly gifts, from a remanufactured Polaroid camera to leasing Lego, read our article on unusual Christmas gifts.

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