For a zero-waster and eco-lifestyle embracer, Christmas day is full of awkward moments. Saying no to plastic wrapped candy, bringing food wrapped in beeswax wraps, and folding everyone’s wrapping paper perfectly to use for next year, draws attention and more than a few weird looks.
We don’t like to admit it, but jumping on the green living bandwagon, currently involves excluding yourself from mainstream society. Waste, plastic, and excessive ‘stuff’ is everywhere. So, the second you try to remove it: you stand out.
But Christmas is about relaxing and spending time with your loved ones. No one wants a Green Grinch ruining their Christmas.
While we don’t encourage throwing away your eco values on Christmas day, there are great ways to compromise, handle the awkward moments, and ultimately use Christmas to educate rather than offend.
Here are our top tips for avoiding awkward eco-battles, and enjoying every second of your Eco Christmas!
First things first, let’s tackle the gifts. If you’re on board with an eco-lifestyle, you may have embraced the ‘less stuff, more meaning’ ideology, or have an eco-wish list. If you have a wish list, share it! If you’re wanting to declutter and your wish list is blank, instead of ‘no gifts’, here’s a few ideas to let them know how you best feel loved.
Remember: Gifting is a demonstration of love and appreciation, so the second you say ‘no gifts please’, is the second you stop your family from expressing their feelings towards you. It’s best to offer an alternative.
Celebrating Christmas in an eco-friendly way, is all about compromise. If your Aunty gifts you a present covered in plastic packaging, and you know you have no need for the item: be grateful.
The best part of Christmas day… the food. On Christmas day, we seem to go all out. It’s an excuse to buy the best of everything, and pull out all our best recipes! Without going into the deep and depressing facts of food waste and packaging on Christmas day, here’s some tips for how to combat it.
Once gifts have been opened and food has been consumed, you’ll find yourself cosying up on the couch, and chatting with family you haven’t seen in a while. Chances are, the conversation will quickly lead to questions about your eco-lifestyle. It’s easy for these to turn into heated debates, finger pointing, and division.
It’s Christmas: shut that down!
Tips for positive conversations about your eco lifestyle:
Christmas is a time for family, food, friends, and fun. No one likes a Green Grinch, but everyone loves our planet. Use this time to share eco-living ideas, demonstrate how easy it can be (without giving a lecture), and enjoy a minimal-waste day. Every little action counts, and it’s not about perfection.
We’re off to put up the tree, charge our solar powered Christmas lights, and hang our beautiful bamboo Christmas ornaments.
Merry Eco Christmas!