Keeping traditions alive and sustainability in mind, we present our top tips for Christmas with an eco-friendly edge
For many of us, Christmas 2021 has seemingly sprung from nowhere. Cue the mad rush to sort gifts, plan gatherings , sift through ideas for food, and generally (try to) round out the end of the year with a sense of normalcy and festive joy!
We’ve pulled together a unique list of ideas and tips to help you celebrate the festive season mindfully. We focus on sustainability to help minimise some of the waste that can accompany this busy period, where convenience often trumps the eco-friendly.
Borrow and lend for the Christmas table
Feeding more than usual for Christmas lunch doesn’t have to mean a new set of crockery and cutlery. Hiring or borrowing the extra pieces required can save money, resources and significant storage space when not in use for the remaining 364 days!
Enviro cleaning before and after house guests
Freshening up the guest bedroom or cleaning up after Christmas festivities can be eco and sustainable while still leaving a fresh, clean scent to welcome your guests. Try bi-carb soda and lemon juice to effectively clean porcelain sinks and toilets; Open windows and use a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oils to spritz rooms that have been closed up; Add a few drops of lavender or Eucalyptus essential oil to the softener compartment of your washing machine to wash linen and leave them smelling fresh; Citrus peels soaked in white vinegar for a few days, drained, and diluted with water in a spray bottle, makes an effective kitchen & bathroom cleaner.
Eco gift wrapping
If you’ve taken advantage of the recent Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals, you may find yourself with some gifts poised ready for wrapping. We have some beautiful, eco friendly ideas to help you wrap like a pro, without the waste.
- Wrap the gift….with part of the gift! Use a tea towel, t-shirt or other fabric to wrap other parts of the gift and secure with string or ribbon. Checkout some tutorials we could watch all day here.
- Choose recyclable and/or recycled paper to wrap gifts. Keep a box for recycling on hand for when presents are being unwrapped to separate recyclable and non-recyclable items.
- Re-use where possible – ribbons and fabric wrapping can be ironed, rolled and stored away for use the following year to cut down on waste.
- Use ‘homemade’ for a personal touch – homemade wrapping and decorations can make a beautiful addition to any gift; try dried orange slices threaded on string, homemade gift tags cut from cardboard packaging, or artfully decorated cardboard shopping bags. Using what you have and focusing on buying less can give items a second purpose that may otherwise be discarded.
Other eco-friendly festive tips from our Apotecari team
Try a real Christmas tree in a pot and watch it grow each year. Re-pot as necessary and you’ll have a festive icon to decorate for many years to come.
Invest in solar Christmas lights where possible. Be sure to maintain and store correctly to ensure their use for many years.
Plan ahead to minimise food waste: store leftovers in the fridge as soon as possible to minimise waste and get inspired for delicious leftover meals on Boxing Day. Checkout Jamie Oliver’s delicious recipes to make leftovers stretch here.
Apotecari Gift Ideas
If you’ve used Apotecari before, you’ve experienced the difference a commitment to sustainability makes. Be it ingredient selection, biophotonic glass packaging, compostable refill pouches, and the causes we contribute to, it’s all a part of the feel-good process.
Elegant and aesthetic, we encourage the reuse of Apotecari’s premium bottles. Give them a second life by topping up with our refill pouches, store dried herbs, coffee beans, or tea leaves, or use them as vases. Apotecari bottles will preserve your contents and extend their bioactivity for longer.
This year, our limited edition Gift Kits are housed in luxurious boxes, intended for reuse.
Treat yourself or a loved one to a gift of healthy hair. Apotecari’s flexibility and many gifting options make gifting simple and pleasurable. Visit our exclusive Christmas 2021 gift packs here for some beautiful inspiration. For the gift of flexibility and choice, an Apotecari gift card provides a multitude of options. Pair the gift card with a link to Apotecari’s complementary My Hair Analysis for the recipient to develop their own tailored hair care plan.
We sincerely hope you find joy and moments of respite over the festive season and wish you a truly happy and healthy new year.
“Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.”