Have a Sustainable Christmas

Sustainable living is a great way to conserve our wildlife. If you want to make some small changes at home this Christmas then here are 5 things that you can do to help:

1. Choose gift wrap alternatives

You can skip gift wrap altogether and use other items. Colourful scarves can be wrapped around a gift and also make an additional present.  Why not go to a charity shop and find old comics, music books or pillow cases to personalise gift wrapping for your loved ones.

2. Try to avoid buying foil, glitter or metallic wrapping paper

Wrapping paper with foil or glitter can’t be recycled and only a fraction is recycled each year. A good way to test whether your wrapping paper can be recycled is by scrunching it up.  If it stays scrunched, it can be recycled, but if it opens up again it probably can’t.

3. If you get a real tree make sure to recycle

Most local councils have recycling schemes for Christmas trees. The trees can be chipped and mulched and then sold at low costs to gardeners. Look out for information on drop off locations in your local area.

4. Not all gifts have to bought from a store

Homemade gifts and cards are often cherished and fun to make too. Experiences are also a great way to give someone new memories for Christmas.  Speak to our shop about our options here at Tilgate Nature Centre!

5. If you’re thinking of buying new lights then try L.E.D.

When those pesky Christmas tree lights give up the ghost swap to an L.E.D. set. They use 95% less energy than traditional fairy lights.  You can be reducing your carbon footprint whilst having festive fun!

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Tilgate Nature Centre!

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