1. Choose recyclable
By choosing wrapping papers and Christmas cards without foil or metallics, it’s likely that your Christmas waste can have another life. Most councils will recycle normal wrapping paper, but do check to see if yours does. If not, consider alternatives such as making gift bags from fabric scraps, or make your own wrapping paper with old newsprint and get creative decorating it.
2. Buy less!
If you’re overwhelmed by a gift list that’s too long, try secret Santa! Focus your time and energy on finding something special just for one person. May not work with kids, mind… so maybe save this idea for your adult friends!
Remember that gifts don’t have to be store bought, either. Could you gift someone an experience this year, rather than a physical present, to save on clutter? Or could you make your gifts? Psst… re-gifting something from last year is OK, too, and makes perfect sense if someone else can use it!
3. Buy gifts that are better for the planet
At this time of year, there’s a pressure to buy the newest, biggest, shiniest thing. Remember that presents don’t HAVE to be new! Could you buy something second-hand and upcycle it? You’ll often find some hidden gems in charity shops at this time of year.
If you can, shop locally for your gifts. Maybe there’s a Christmas market on somewhere near you where you’ll find lots of local makers. See if you can find gifts that are recycled, or that aren’t made of plastic. Set yourself a plastic-free challenge!
If you want to support a small business like us this Christmas, one way you can do this whilst keeping the environment in mind is by purchasing backlist titles. These are titles we still have plenty of in our warehouse, which often won’t get reprinted or at least won’t for a while. Backlist titles were especially important this year – when there’s been a lot of issues with the supply chain in publishing – you are also guaranteed to get these ones speedily!
Here are some of our backlist favourites: