8 eco-friendly Christmas decoration ideas
Eco-friendly Christmas decorations create a more authentic and traditional festive atmosphere than their plastic counterparts. They’re also much better for the environment.
Conventional Christmas decorations are often made from cheap plastic (which comes from fossil fuels) in overseas factories, giving them a large carbon footprint. They can emit microplastics and toxic compounds into the environment. These are bad for our health and the health of the planet.
The most eco-friendly Christmas decorations are the ones you already own. But if you’re in the market for new decorations, put down the cheap plastic baubles and try these eco-friendly Christmas decoration ideas instead:
In the same way wooden children’s toys have had a renaissance, so have wooden Christmas decorations. Move over mass-produced plastic decorations because many of us are opting for handmade, minimalist, wooden Christmas decorations instead.
Pinecones are nature’s Christmas decoration. You can forage for pine cones to turn into decorations at home. Place them as-is on your Christmas tree or around your home.
If you want to get a little creative, use some natural paints or biodegradable glitter to paint the pinecones. Optionally, secure some twine to the pinecone to turn it into a hanging decoration.
Dried orange slices
A staple when it comes to eco-friendly Christmas decoration ideas, dried orange slices are easy to make at home and give a fairy tale feeling.
You will need:
- 1-3 oranges
- An oven
- Preheat oven to 80°C/170°F.
- Slice the oranges into 1cm (¼ inch) slices.
- Place orange slices on a tea towel or reusable paper towel to drain away excess juice.
- Place orange slices on a wire rack and bake for 3-5 hours, turning hourly, until completely dried.
- Let the orange slices cool on the wire rack for a few hours.
Use dried orange slices as decorations on the tree and around your home. They’re also nice additions to wrapped presents and festive drinks.
Gingerbread houses and decorations aren’t just adorable to look at, they’re natural and compostable.
Solar-powered Christmas lights
Christmas lights can be a little bit of a wasteful Christmas tradition. Not only are these often made from plastic but they use a fair amount of electricity if you have a lot of lights.
The rise of renewable energy over the last decade has also seen an increase in popularity of solar powered-Christmas lights. Not only are they better for the environment, but there’s no need to be running cords and power boards to plug in lights. Solar-powered Christmas lights also free to run. It’s win-win!
While the real vs plastic Christmas tree debate rages on, many people are opting for neither. A few baubles on a pot plant can do the job. But so can driftwood.
Christmas trees made from driftwood are all the rage right now. Not only do they have a beautiful, minimalist aesthetic but they are eco-friendly. Many local creators are selling their driftwood Christmas tree pieces. Otherwise, it’s very easy to collect some driftwood and make your own in a weekend.
Eco-friendly Christmas crackers
Most conventional Christmas crackers feature a tacky plastic prize inside and are made from shiny, non-recyclable paper. Sustainable brands are now offering easy-to-recycle brown paper crackers with plastic-free prizes.
Eco-friendly Christmas crackers are the perfect addition to festive table settings and look lovely in the Christmas tree in the lead up to Christmas day.
There are far too many Christmas decorations on this planet already. None of us needs to buy them new. If you’re in need of new-to-you decorations, put the call out to friends and family to see if anyway has unwanted decorations.
Websites such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace often have people giving decorations away for free or for a low price. Try using Christmas decorations that already exist and need a home instead of creating demand for more plastic. Your bank account and the planet will thank you!
These are just a few eco-friendly Christmas decoration ideas that will allow you to decorate your home while being kind to the planet. Not only are they better for the environment, but eco-friendly Christmas decorations add a sense of festivity and tradition to your home during the holidays that glitter and tinsel just can’t.