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7 eco-friendly Christmas decor ideas

Christmas crackers via Unsplash

WordsMegan Lambert

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Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, yet without getting all Ebenezer Scrooge on you, it’s also a time of huge waste. It’s estimated that we throw away 270,000 tons of food each Christmas and use almost 227,000 miles of wrapping paper—that’s almost enough to paper our way to the moon.

This is why we think it’s important to consider how we can reduce our consumption and limit our waste over this period. Here are 7 eco-friendly Christmas decor ideas to try at home, because this year, we’re dreaming of a green Christmas.

Eco-friendly Christmas decor idea: use leftover wallpaper as wrapping paper and decorations

What could give a more premium finish than using your leftover wallpaper as wrapping paper? Not only do our wallpaper rolls come in a range of beautiful designs, but they are also FSC certified. Christmas card cut-outs, gift tags, festive paper chains, DIY Christmas wreaths: there are loads of ways you can creatively repurpose your wallpaper offcuts. 

If you haven’t got any wallpaper to use up, go for recyclable brown parcel paper. You can even use leftover fabric to make bows and ties.

Presents wrapped in Lick wallpaper
USE LICK WALLPAPER TO WRAP PRESENTS!
DIY Christmas wreath made with Lick wallpaper
USE LICK WALLPAPER TO MAKE A DIY CHRISTMAS WREATH

Eco-friendly Christmas decor idea: make your own cards using leftover paint

This is one of our favourite Christmas hacks. Use your leftover paint to make your own Christmas cards. Not only is this a fun way to get crafty, it saves you from buying expensive and wasteful cards. If you’re going to give it a go, be sure to use recycled paper and plant-based glitter. Take a look at the 5 easy Christmas decorations to try at home for some more eco-friendly, crafty Christmas decor ideas.

Check out what to do with leftover paint. 

Image of a Lick Green 02 paint tin and a DIY Christmas card made using Lick Green 01 paint
USE YOUR LEFTOVER PAINT FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS!
Image of a Christmas tree twig wrapped in fairy lights via Unsplash
IT'S TIME TO GET CRAFTY VIA UNSPLASH

Eco-friendly Christmas decor idea: opt for beeswax or soy-based candles

Whether you’re burning candles at home to create a little bit more hygge in your living room or giving them as a Christmas gift, check the label and make sure you’re buying beeswax or soy-based candles. Not to be alarmist, but when burned, paraffin-based candles release benzene and toluene, both known carcinogens. These natural alternatives are better for the planet, better for people, and better for our pets. 

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