Sustainable swaps for Christmas!

Have yourself an eco-friendly Christmas this year, with dotte’s guide to sustainable swaps that Santa would be proud of! Ditch the plastic for something just as fantastic, from your festive outfit down to your Christmas dinner.

Rent a tree locally

Every year, 7 million Christmas trees enter landfill, and did you know, artificial trees take over 10 years of use to have a lower carbon footprint than a real tree! Shocker. This year, everyones talking about rental... Rent your Christmas tree from a local provider this year, be sure to water it, and return it to be cared for until next year! 

Make your own decorations

Tinsel Schm-insel. All that plastic might look fantastic, but this year we're going back to tradition with homemade decorations (that biodegrade!). Get the kids involved and make paper chains, dry out some orange or lemon slices, or go pinecone hunting for an alternative to plastic decor.

Fabric wrapping paper

The art of present wrapping - some have it, others not so much. One thing we’re sure of is wrapping paper makes a whole lotta' waste, with an estimated 238,855 miles of paper used each year in the UK. One easy swap to make this Xmas is to opt for reusable fabric wrapping, following the Japanese Furoshiki technique.

Swap plastic wrapped veg to surplus

Over 40% of all food grown goes unwanted, but Oddbox rescues delicious fresh fruit and veg that may otherwise have gone to waste directly from farmers and delivers it to your front door! For this years Christmas dinner, swap plastic wrapped supermarket veg for an Oddbox subscription!

Our community get 50% off their first month if they’re new to Oddbox with code WEAREDOTTE

A way to limit overbuying is to follow the rule of 4 for any prezzie shopping - get something they want, need, will wear or read.

Rent your festive outfit

We all love a bit (okay... a lot) of sparkle during Christmas. It’s reported that 1.7m sequinned items are binned after the Christmas party season but won’t ever biodegrade. This year, get glam without the guilt by renting a sparkly number from fashion rental provider Hirestreet! Pick your outfit quick, as the last day you can get your rental delivered is December 23rd.

Gift consciously

Before making any rash decisions or flash sale purchases this Christmas, think about gifting consciously! A way to limit overbuying recommended in our recent guide by @ouslowhome_ is to follow the rule of 4 for any prezzie shopping - something they want, need, will wear or read.

Reduce food waste with OLIO

The freezer and fridge are packed to the brim this time of year, and we’re bound to be gifted at least one Christmas hamper (hey, we’re not complaining!). But realistically, how many jars of chutney does one family need?! With all that extra food that you might not get round to eating, pass it on to a new home with the OLIO app. List locally, and someone will come collect from your door! 

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