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Small changes can make all the difference in reducing our environmental footprint during the festive break. We want to help make this your most eco-friendly Christmas yet!

Wrap your Christmas gifts with recycled paper or fabric. On average, people in the UK use around 227,000 miles of wrapping paper. Switching to brown eco-friendly paper or fabric instead will minimise the high levels of waste produced at this time of year.

Rent a Christmas tree. If you are looking for the most eco-friendly Christmas tree option, you could rent a real tree from a British farm. Some companies will deliver to your door from as little as £20. You decorate and care for the tree during the festive period, then they'll pick it up and replant it in January. If you buy a tree, there are now places that allow you to drop off your old tree where it will be recycled into chippings for local parks and woodland areas.

It can be tempting to panic-buy presents at Christmas, particularly when we simply don't know what to choose. This year try to avoid buying too much stuff that will end up being thrown away or unused. Christmas presents shouldn't cost the planet. Instead, purchase something second-hand or choose sustainable products and avoid companies that aren't eco-friendly. Opting for products such as our beautiful duvet sets made from 100% organic cotton, show both your loved ones and the earth a little love. You could also gift something such as a potted indoor plant with a stunning macrame hanger to go with it. Not only is it kind to the planet, but it means the person receiving the gift will find happiness in the present long after the season is over. If cared for properly, a houseplant will last forever.

Cut food waste. Be conscious of the quantity your buying and whilst you're food shopping, try and choose things that are light on the packaging, or buy loose items. And if you end up over-catering, don't just throw out your leftovers. Transforming them can be a great way to create new meals, save money and cut waste. If you have too much, see what you can freeze or share with a neighbour.

Re-wear your Christmas jumper. Did you know that most Christmas jumpers are made using plastic? The most common plastic fibre used is acrylic. This year, why not try swapping with a family member, buying second-hand or re-wearing. A Christmas jumper is for life, not just for a day (seriously, no one remembers what you wore last year).

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