Green Team Xmas Tips

13th December 2019

Have a great green Christmas! 

Christmas tips from The Green Team

Crazy Christmas fact: In Britain, we use over 8,000 tonnes of wrapping paper over Christmas, which creates over 83 square kilometres of rubbish!

Handy tip:

  • Make the wrapping part of the gift - use material or brown paper tied with string or ribbon that can all be used again or turned into something else. 


Crazy Christmas fact: A report by Unilever said that each year in the UK the equivalent of four million Christmas dinners are wasted – the equivalent to two million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and five million Christmas puddings.   


Handy tips: 

  • Only buy the food you will eat and be creative with your leftovers. Plan menus carefully and stick to your shopping list! You will save money too.
  • Make edible tree decorations from gingerbread.
  • Look for plastic-free Christmas crackers or make your own with items you know will be used for more than half an hour.  


Crazy Christmas fact: In 2017, it was estimated that 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging would be thrown away and not recycled in the UK at Christmas.  


Handy tips: 

  • Buy preloved gifts or make your own - have a look in local charity shops, ebay and sites such as
  • Give a gift of time or an experience - spend time together doing something new or visiting a local site such as Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Leigh Woods, Sand Point near Weston, Dundry Hill or Ashton Court.
  • Recycle as much as you can and think about the life cycle of what you buy; what will happen to the packaging/ item at the end of its useful life?
  • Decorate your home with greenery rather than tinsel and plastic - have a family walk to collect some greenery and make your own wreath.  


Crazy Christmas fact: According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics the number of small businesses in Bristol (those that employ up to 50 people) is nearly 18,000, almost ninety eight percent of the city’s overall businesses.  

On Saturday 7th December, Bristol celebrated its 7th annual ‘Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is about supporting Bristol's small businesses, who are a vibrant and key part of our city.


Handy tip: 

Support local artists and makers at Bristol's numerous Christmas markets.