Environmental campaigners are urging families across Britain to have a green Christmas instead of a white one.
To end a year when Extinction Rebellion took over our towns and cities, climate change activists are asking people to rent their Christmas trees and wrap presents in scarves instead of paper.
Farms and garden centres across the country are now offering customers the chance to hire their trees so they don’t end up in the bin in the New Year.
It is estimated that around seven million Christmas trees end up in landfill in the UK every year, which accounts for 100,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
Today Dame Emma Thompson revealed she and her family are marking ‘Wokesmas’, telling ITV: ‘This year we’re going to have a sustainable Christmas.
‘No gifts – because we’ve got everything, because some of us do have way too much.’
Environmental charities suggest decorating your home with real ivy, holly and mistletoe instead of tinsel and making sure paper greetings cards and wrapping paper is recycled
Charities suggest decorating your home with real ivy, holly and mistletoe instead of tinsel and making sure wrapping paper is recycled. They also prefer sending e-cards over paper ones.
A spokesman for Friends of the Earth told the Daily Telegraph: ‘More and more places, such as garden centres and plant nurseries. now offer a Christmas tree hire service over the festive season.
‘Just make sure it’s grown sustainably by looking for either the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or Soil Association logo.’
A farm in Leicestershire has already seen hired Christmas tree demand double, with six weeks to go until Christmas.
Alastair and Diane Lucking who run Galvaston Farm say they endevaour to re-plant all the spruces returned to them after December 25.
In a separate move, this year John Lewis and other high street department stores have banned plastic toys from their festive crackers.
Yoyos, cookie cutters, magnifying glasses and plastic fortune teller fish will no longer be hidden inside John Lewis’s table toppers, in a bid to cut down on plastic waste.
Farms and garden centres across the country are now offering customers the chance to hire their trees so they don’t end up in the bin in the New Year. File image used
They will instead be replaced with metal, glass and paper toys, including bottle openers, games and handheld mirrors.
In a related development, Selfridges is to switch from plastic packaging to paper, cardboard and plant-based cellulose for festive food products, such as mince pies, cakes, Panettone and pralines.
Head Christmas buyer at John Lewis, Dan Cooper, said: ‘Reducing the amount of single use plastic in products and packaging is really important to us and our customers.
‘One of the challenges I face as a buyer is that we plan 18 months ahead so it takes time for changes to become a reality. I’m always searching for new, more sustainable products which will make Christmas sparkle but won’t end up spoiling our environment.’