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9 reasons to make it a sustainable Christmas this year

With less than 4 weeks to go until the big day I thought I would put together reasons you should be having an eco-friendly Christmas this year

1) An estimated 365,000 kilometres of unrecyclable wrapping paper - enough to wrap around the equator nine times- ends up in landfill.
2) We send an estimated 1 billion Christmas cards, which would cover the world’s circumference 500 times.
3) 2 out of 5 Christmas jumpers only get worn once.
4) We eat as a nation, 80 per cent more food than during the rest of the year. But according to a study by Biffa, approximately 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussels sprouts are then thrown away in the U.K. every Christmas.
5) The University of Manchester recently found that our combined Christmas dinners produce the same carbon footprint as a single car travelling 6,000 times around the world.
6) We use 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging for gifts with an astonishing amount ending up in our oceans.
7) According to Wildlife and Countryside Link, around 114,000 tonnes of this plastic packaging will be thrown away and not recycled in the UK this Christmas.
8)  Whilst real Christmas trees have a “significantly lower” carbon footprint than an artificial tree, The Carbon Trust calculated that a natural 2-meter-tall Christmas tree that is disposed of into a landfill has a footprint of around 16 kilograms of CO2, thanks to methane emissions as it rots. A tree that is disposed of by burning, replanting or chipping it has a footprint of around 3.5kg of CO2.
9) A 2-meter Christmas tree made from plastic, on the other hand, has a carbon footprint of around 40kg of CO2 due to the energy-intensive production processes, while a real pine or fir tree naturally absorbs CO2 and releases oxygen before it's chopped down.

From December 1st-12th I'll be running a 12 days of Christmas campaign where we will be planting one tree for every order received during this period.  Watch out for the email on December 7th as it contains lot of top tips to help to combat things like food waste, gift wrap and even top tips for the up and coming Christmas jumper day!

When it comes to our gift and gift wrap range I curated it to be as sustainable as possible to help you combat some of these shocking facts above.  Our wrapping paper is made from recycled FSC certified paper, as are our Christmas cards, and our gifts are either plastic-free or made from recycled plastic. It really is so much easier to make a difference to our planet this Christmas.

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