Give an eco-responsible Christmas gift
Looking for a gift for your sister, your dad or your mother-in-law?
- Opt for an ethical gift, organic beauty products, preparation kit of all kinds, soy wax scented candle... and not forgetting of course the Angarde slippers 🙂
- Put a "zero waste" gift under the tree, to spoil your loved ones while raising awareness: bulk bags, reusable cotton, Bee Wrap, or the great book by Julie Bernier, "Zero Waste: The Daily Ecology Manual".
- And the easiest solution if you have some time, make the gift yourself!
Wrap gifts in a more environmentally friendly way
When you say Christmas, you say presents. And gifts mean... paper wrapping!
Gift paper, adhesive tape, plastic bows... whose lifespan of a few seconds ends in our garbage cans... Are you tired of it? So are we!
This waste of energy, resources and money has more ecological, sustainable and economical alternatives!
The principle is to not buy gift paper but to recycle existing gift wrapping, to use fabrics for zero waste, original, personalized and more economical packaging!
Do you know the Japanese technique of Furoshiki? It consists in reusing scraps of fabric, scarves, sheets, tablecloths... that are cut to make a reusable fabric packaging.
You can also make small labels by cutting kraft envelopes. To decorate, we divert the kitchen string, we slip a branch of eucalyptus or a cinnamon stick, a slice of dried orange and there you go: your packaging is unique, personalized and above all: eco-friendly.
Lastly, feel free to converse about the pretty packages you receive in the months leading up to the holidays. It can always be useful ;)
Decorate your home with recycled objects or Do It Yourself
At Christmas, you feel the need to decorate your home! Tree, garlands, wreaths, table decorations... Here are our 2 tips for an eco-responsible Christmas decoration:
- Reuse objects or from nature to make your own decoration: this is the principle of DIY. It's a way to entertain young and old, to raise awareness and to decorate your home. For example, you can make your own advent calendar, your Christmas wreath or even make your own tree.
- Buying second hand is also an option: it allows you to renew your decoration in a more economical and ecological way. Do not hesitate to resell or give away the decorations that you no longer use, they can make people happy in another house and celebrate Christmas for several years. Vinted, Le bon coin or Emmaüs, the choice is multiple!
Cooking a seasonal holiday meal
First of all, we advise you to cook in season! In December, many fruits and vegetables offer endless possibilities for recipes: carrots, mushrooms, squash, cabbage, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, leeks, chestnuts, clementines, oranges, apples, pears... In addition to being good for the environment, eating in season allows you to cook fresh products whose taste will be preserved! A real plus for the planet but also and especially for your palate and that of your guests.
We propose you as a starter: carrot way smoked salmon vegan, in dish: butternut squash facie with goat, thyme and garlic then to finish a sweet note: Christmas cookies with cinnamon. What a treat!
We also recommend you to plan a Christmas menu that can please the greatest number of people: Why not propose a vegetarian or even vegan Christmas meal? This will allow you to adapt to the diet of a large part of your guests: lactose intolerant, non-meat eaters...
The Christmas ayatollahs will probably have a harder time changing their habits, but if each of us changes even one or two habits for more responsible gestures, we can make this period of over-consumption a little more eco-friendly!
Will you let us know how it went? Merry Christmas 😉