The festive season has become synonymous with excess and extravagance in recent years, and not always in a good way. Did you know that we bin an estimated 230,000 miles of wrapping paper on Christmas day? That’s a lots of trees.
Luckily, we’re blessed with some great small business and local producers here in Cardiff, and a couple of larger, ethically sound ones too. Use them wisely, and in 7 simple steps it’s easy to have a more eco-friendly festive season. Happy shopping!
1. Organic your Christmas veg
Choosing organic veg means supporting sustainable agriculture. Organic farms have 50% more wildlife, support more farming jobs, and cause less pollution; and the lovely Penylan Pantry will even deliver it for you with their ‘veg box’ scheme.
2. Try an organic tipple
Opt for organic wine this Christmas and not only will you be supporting a more sustainable system of farming, you’ll also be consuming less sulphur, which allegedly lessens the chances of a hangover! The Italian Wine Women can help you pick the perfect one.
3. Opt for high welfare, organic meat
If you want to be sure your turkey is naturally free range, choose organic: no system of farming has higher animal welfare standards. Capestone Farm in Pembrokeshire can deliver in time for Christmas.
4. Wrap up in reusable fabrics
Instead of wasting paper and trees on wrapping gifts, try these knot-wraps from Lush (these make for a great head scarf after Christmas day)! Of course, you can use other scarves and materials too.
5. Be an organic beauty
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and what you put on it can be absorbed in tiny amounts. This Christmas, choose organic beauty products, like these from Neals Yard in Morgan’s Arcade, and pop in to Cardiff’s eco-friendly Amaryllis hair salon for your xmas party blow-dry.
6. Shop local, and green
Visit small, local and independent shops instead of the supermarkets – the Victorian Arcades are a great place to start looking. You can also check out this guide to ’10 of the best’ independent shops in the city centre.
7. Choose your cheese Caer-philly!
When it comes to the all-important Christmas cheese board, choose organic and put animal welfare first; no cows enjoy higher welfare standards than those raised organically. Madame Fromage stock some lovely examples from Hafod.
Thanks to the Soil Association for helping me pull this list together!