Many people now look upon Christmas as being purely commercialised and materialistic. However, even the greatest cynics among us can regain some of the original Christmas message of goodwill to all men, and the planet, with these simple steps to a more ethical, environmentally friendly Christmas.
Buy your gifts from Ireland
It reduces the carbon footprint of imported goods from the other side of the world.
Don’t overdo the Christmas lights
Even better why not use solar powered rope lights or those with light emitting diode (LED) lamps?
Turn the heating down or off
When you have a houseful of guests, turn the heating down or off, all that partying and food will keep you warm!
Use recyclable wrapping paper
Follow the Japanese tradition where presents are wrapped in scarves and no wrapping paper used.
Buy sustainable, battery-free toys
Choose a present for your kids this year made of material which is easily recycled. And stay away from batteries.
Make your own Xmas gifts
Go the extra mile and make chutneys, cakes, flavoured oils or scarves – people really appreciate the extra effort.
Try to use public transport over Xmas
Try not to make lots of trips to the shops in the car. Use public transport or just make one or two big trips.