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.
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.
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 new Wrights Food pop-up in Castle Arcade would be a great place to start looking for a bottle or two, or three…
3. Opt for high welfare or organic meat
Look for RSPCA assured labels on meat, and try to only cook sustainable fish. 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 still 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, or try gift bags and boxes that can be used over and over again.
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 the ones you can order directly from Neals Yard, and pop in to Cardiff’s eco-friendly Amaryllis hair salon for a xmas party blow-dry using Davines organic products.
6. Shop local, and small
Visit small, local and independent shops instead of the supermarkets – the Victorian Arcades in Cardiff city centre are a great place to start.
You can also check out 10 of the best’ independent shops in the city centre to get you started. The alternative guide to Cardiff which I helped the guardian put together in 2016 might also come in handy!
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 using organic farming methods.