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How to have a simple Eco Christmas with the whole family

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Christmas time! Its is one of the most important and enjoyable times of the year for the whole family. Especially the kids! However, many of us are finding that the old un-eco friendly way of celebrating Christmas may not sit right. Is is possible to have a simple eco Christmas?

simple eco christmas - christmas tree branch wrapped in thick string.

Happily, the answer is yes! There are plenty of tactics you can use to provide a cracking Christmas for the whole family and be kind to the planet at the same time. A topic you can find out more on below. 

Wrapping, and decorations 

simple eco christmas - Christmas tree and lights.

Decorating your home and wrapping gifts are all vital parts of the Christmas celebrations. However, what we often do not realise is they create a vast amount of waste, much of which doesn’t quickly biodegrade. 

Of course, the intention here is not to prevent such activities but instead find more environmentally friendly options. For example, getting the kids to make their own Xmas decorations for the home out of recycled material is much better than buying brand new plastic ones.

For example – why not try out our very own printable Decorate your own Christmas tree?

Additionally, using brown paper, rather than the foiled or laminated variety means it can be recycled and will not pollute the environment as it mulches.

Keeping warm and snuggly 

simple eco christmas - Cup of tea.

A major part of Christmas for a lot of families is making sure the house is nice and warm, snuggling up under a blanket, and watching a Christmas movie. In fact, each family has its own favourite, often with Elf topping the list!

However, it is vital that when it comes to keeping warm, we do this in the most eco-friendly way possible. Fortunately, you can save a great deal of wasted energy by insulating your home well and making sure any drafts are blocked. You can also switch over to an electric heating system as well. Something that is far more economical. 

You can even make snuggling under a blanket more eco-friendly. All you need to do is pick one made from sustainably sourced natural fibres. Instead of one spun from artificial cloth. Unless its a blanket that has been made from recycled plastic that is! 


Gifts are central to the tradition of Christmas. Unfortunately, extreme consumerism isn’t too good for the environment. There are some sensible compromises you can make here too.

The first is to limit the amount and type of gifts you buy. The idea is to go for one or two more expensive items rather than lots of cheap throw-away stuff that will end up in landfills after a few months. 

Here's how to have a simple eco Christmas - Variety of Christmas wrapped presents.

Additionally, the idea of buying one more expensive toy for the kids and supplementing this with a clothing item, book, and another thing they need can work well. Then the little ones still get quite a few gifts to open, but as a parent, you can spend more on better quality, ecologically sound products. 

Finally, do remember that eco-friendly products, especially practical items make fantastic gifts for any age. With bamboo toothbrush sets, metal drinking straws, and reusable beverage cups being bang on trend for this Christmas.

We’ve got a few ideas to keep Christmas, not just Eco, but loads of fun as well. Why not:

There are a few other Eco ideas out there for Christmas as well – so have a go at some of these too:

We hope you agree that there is plenty to keep you busy now on your Eco Christmas this year!

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Take care,

Here's how to have a simple eco Christmas - Variety of Christmas wrapped presents.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Well yes, the Elf does top the list. However I also liked watching Home Alone when I was younger. For this Christmas I am aimiming for Mr Grinch and Last Christmas. Big fan of Emilia Clark :P

Lyanna Soria

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

That sounds like a great idea. Eco-friendly is much better and doing that for Christmas is great.

Melanie Walsh

Friday 22nd of November 2019

We are leaning towards experience gifts, especially for our older children instead of products they'll discard quickly. This is making me realize there's more I could do to have a green holiday.


Friday 22nd of November 2019

Thanks for taking an initiative and that too without offending much people.

Thanks for the wonderful post.


Friday 22nd of November 2019

I love using brown paper for wrapping! We then either write directly on the package instead of wasting on a card or what have you. I think it looks cuter too!

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