An Eco-Friendly Guide to the Twelve Days of Christmas

The festive season comes at a high price in environmental terms. Nonetheless, Christmas is a time of giving. What’s the greatest gift we can give the planet this year? Here are twelve tips to keep in mind during the Twelve Days of Christmas to protect the globe.

  • Christmas Cards:

Resorting to e-cards for the annual Christmas greeting, instead of using traditional cards, will reduce greatly the amounts of paper which usually end up in the recycling bin by January.

  • Wrapping Paper:

Another way to reduce paper wastage is ensuring that wrapping paper purchased is fully recyclable, paper which isn’t recyclable can only be used once and is disposed of shortly after, further adding to the Maltese waste-pile. To go a step further, you can even save used wrapping paper to wrap other presents in the future.

  • Food Wastage:

The Christmas season is known to be a time where a large amount of food is wasted. It is, therefore, important that meals are planned well in order to minimize the large amounts of food which end up in the bin after every Christmas meal. It is better to plan meals from before, saving both money and food, than giving out dozens of portions of left-overs which are likely to end up in the bin anyway.

  • The Right Decorations:

In order to reduce the use of electricity, people buying Christmas lights should ensure that these contain LED lights, as this saves much more electricity and are safer than the traditional bulbs.

  • Minimising Water Wastage:

When washing up after your Christmas meal, it is a good idea to use the dishwashing machine, rather than washing kitchen utensils by hand. It is proven that dishwashers use less water than washing utensils by hand, and are much more efficient. 

  • Shopping:

Shopping for presents for friends and families is everyone’s favourite activity during the Christmas period. Looking out for goods with less packaging then others is a good tip to keep in mind when shopping for gifts, as well as ensuring that gifts are environmentally sustainable.

  • Saving Electricity:

The Christmas Holidays are a time when a lot of people spend more time at home with family than usual. When at home, it is important to look out for electricity being wasted for no reason. This includes leaving lights on in a room that nobody is in, as well as televisions, computers and other devices remaining on when not in use.

  • The Right Mode Of Transport:

When moving around for Christmas activities one should try car-pool with other people, walk, as well as use public transport in order to reduce the production of car emissions being created.

  • When Laying TheTable:

When laying the table for the Christmas meal, one should resort to reusable cutlery and dishes instead of disposable ones.

  • Using Free-Time Wisely:

One should spend his free time during the Christmas holidays connecting with others and instead ofstaring at a screen for hours on end. In this way a lot of electricity will be saved and people are able to embrace the true spirit of Christmas.

  • The Gift of Charity:

One of the best gifts one can give this Christmas, without harming the environment, is participating in acts of charity.

  • Think Fairtrade & Local:

When shopping for gifts one should keep an eye out for goods that are either produced locally or have Fairtrade markers. These products are much more sustainable.

These tips have been inspired by Zibel’s posts for an environmentally sustainable Christmas. Make sure to check them out!

Roberta Attard

Roberta Attard is a first-year law student at UoM. Her vast interests include, among others, history, literature and current affairs.She is small person with a big sense of humour.
Roberta Attard

Roberta Attard

Roberta Attard is a first-year law student at UoM. Her vast interests include, among others, history, literature and current affairs. She is small person with a big sense of humour.