3 tips for a Sustainable Christmas
1. Start with the Christmas Tree - a real one, a fake one or... renting?
Cutting a pine tree each year just to have a more authentic and 'natural' Christmas does not look sustainable at all. A fake and reusable tree made of plastic seemed to be the most ecological option for a long time.
An Ellipsos study, showed that to offset the environmental and health impact associated to the production and waste caused by fake Christmas trees, "you would need to use a plastic tree for 20 years so it would be more sustainable than cut a real one".
Turns out, there is a third option that has shown to be the most sustainable one: renting a real tree. In Portugal Pinheiro Bombeiro project (Fireman Pine Tree in Portuguese) rents real pine trees which had to be cut for fire prevention. Sales contribute for buying professional material for the 80% fireman who are volunteers. By giving the pine tree back to the project it will be turned into biomass, having a perfect re-integration in the Nature.
2. Choose sustainable gifts
Christmas is a time of pure consumism which implies a huge environmental impact. But the choices you make regarding gifts may follow a low-impact criteria. For instance, offering services or experiences - like a night in a sustainable hotel, such as Quinta Alma, or a surf class - avoid the production of a material good and normally are received with greater enthusiasm!
Offering a GoParity Sustainable Investment Voucher is another option that avoids resources extraction and industrial production. From 20€ your friends & fam can use it to invest in sustainability projects and yet earn competitive returns of 4-5%! Get yours at www.goparity.com/xmasgift
3. The best of Christmas - the food
For many people (fortunately!) Christmas is a synonym of tables full of food and never-ending meals. Being more sustainable is also related to a selective and conscious choice in this topic.
Buying local and organic food is crucial if you want to have a ligther ecological footprint (in both meanings).
Moreover, science has already proved that beef production is one of the most pollutant. So choose substituting red meat by more fish and vegetables.
Last but not least, avoid wasting food! Break the taboo and share the leftovers between your family. In this way you can even extend the Christmas flavour and feeling for many more days!