A few sustainable ways to celebrate this Christmas
Christmas is always such a fabulous time of year. Festive gatherings, delicious food and drink, exchanging gifts, christmas carols. But perhaps there are some ways in which we could make more sustainable choices this year. We’ve put together a few of our favourite ideas that we wanted to share with you this Christmas.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cracker! These reusable crackers can be made using items you probably already have at home. Lay flat one square fabric napkin, and in the middle add a cardboard tube ( a loo roll is perfect) add your cracker prize into the tube (how about some homemade Christmas fudge?) plus a handwritten joke. Then roll the napkin around the tube like a long sausage, take two equally sized pieces of twine or string (garden twine works well and looks effective) and tie each end with your string or twine. Pop your reusable crackers onto your place settings and enjoy! Unfortunately these crackers are without the bang, but we think that the time and thought going into these reusable crackers will be far more appreciated as well as being kinder to the environment.
This year why not recycle paper you already have at home? Instead of using normal wrapping paper try recycling your favourite newspaper. Tie your package up with some twine or string left over from your crackers, and add some leafy foliage from your garden to give it a little extra festive touch.
Wherever you live it is great to support local businesses by shopping with them at Christmas time. Whether that is gifts for Christmas, decorations, or even (the most important part) the food. We’ve put together a list below of some of our favourite Cornish places to buy from this Christmas:
Food & Drink
Alice in Scandiland
Lostwithiel Antique Centre
Tia Tamblyn Massage Vouchers
Fat Hen foraging courses
Wild Wine School wine courses
St Eval Candles
Made for Life Organic
Foodbank Donation (our local one is St Austell)
The team here have been busy making homemade wreaths using foliage just from the estate. It’s surprising what you can find just in your garden to make a wreath look thoroughly festive without even spending a penny; plus your environmental impact is significantly less.