It’s almost Christmas!
So here’s some unasked for holiday advice! How to make your Christmas a little bit greener…
Remember to recycle what you can;
> Re-use or recycle wrapping paper
> Look out for Christmas card recycling bins http://www.recyclenow.com and perhaps send e-cards next year.
> Give any unwanted gifts to charity or re-gift them (keep a list so you don’t give an item back to the person who gave it to you!)
> Find a new home for your tree (if you had a real one) – you can donate them to local reserves or if you are in Kent, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation usually takes some for enrichment for the cats.
Or if there are unopened goodies you don’t want you can donate them to food banks or shelters.
If there is something you are throwing out, think about if it can be composted first. Some scraps such as cheese and overripe fruit will be appreciated by your garden birds. Edited to add – here is an article on what food is safe for birds ‘Feeding birds at Christmas’, and here’s another by CJWildlife HERE.
>Turn the heating down, this saves money too. With all the cooking and extra body heat you probably won’t need it high.
>Turn the lights out for a bit, use non-paraffin candles instead.
> You have probably decorated already, but next year how about making your own decorations. There are loads of suggestions and how to guides online to help you, such as this one and making snowflakes is pretty easy, a simple tutorial is here. You can see what I made this year in my recent blog post here.
The characters in the photos were made by me years ago and they come out each Christmas. They are made of a strip of paper rolled into a cone shape with head, arms and accessories taped on. The ‘snow’ is stuffing from a broken and unwanted pillow.
Happy holidays everyone!