Today on the Little Extras blog, we’re giving new meaning to ‘Green Monday’ by sharing some of our ideas for hosting a “responsible” Christmas and recycling during the festive period. Have you thought about which type of wrapping paper you’re buying? Is it recyclable? If you’re buying a new bag for a loved one or a new jacket for your little one, have you considered those that have been made from recycled materials? Read on to discover some of our favourite recycled products and handy tips and tricks for an evergreen Christmas.
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS JOJO GIFT IDEAS
At JoJo, we started making polarfleece out of recycled plastic bottles almost 20 years ago now – before fashion sustainability was even part of common parlance. Now, we are proud to boast an extensive collection of products made from recycled bottles and recycled polyester; including pack-away rainwear, storage bags, bibs, lunch boxes, hand cosies and more. Here are some top picks for Christmas.
RAINWEAR – RECYCLED BOTTLES
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS JOJO STORAGE IDEAS
If you’re heading to a family member’s house for Christmas this year and need something to safely carry and store your gifts in for the journey, our Enormous Storage Bag will do the trick. Not only is it super useful, but it’s made from recycled material too! And once Christmas is over, you’ll need somewhere to store all your little one’s new toys – we recommend our White Toy Chest which is made from MDF wood.
ENORMOUS STORAGE BAGS – RECYCLED POLYPROPYLENE
Le Toy Van Bluebird Cottage Doll’s House – Made from re-purposed Rubberwood.
TIPS FOR RECYCLING OVER CHRISTMAS
1. If you’re Christmas shopping online and the order arrives in a box with tissue paper inside, use the tissue as wrapping paper and recycle the box. You can make it more ‘Christmassy’ with hand-made decorations like ink stamps and pine leaves.
2. Skip the tinsel – it cannot be recycled. We think trees look just as good without it! But, there are plenty of lovely paper garlands you could make or buy to hang there instead.
3. Make your own wreath. It is quite shocking how many plastic wreaths can be found on the high street these days. Making your own is not only a fun family activity, but it means the greenery can be composted or added to your green waste bin once the season is over. Remember to avoid using glitter and remove any other artificial decorations like ribbons before recycling.
4. If your Christmas tree lights have got in a big tangle this year, many household waste recycling centres will taken them! Check your local supermarket for a collection bin – because they use a plug/ batteries, they can’t be sent to landfill, so please ensure you find the correct recycling site.
5. Glittery and foil wrapping paper cannot be recycled. Brown paper looks just as lovely under the tree, especially when decorated as per the tissue advice above! If your local authority does collect wrapping paper, do the scrunch test! If you scrunch up the paper and it doesn’t spring back, it is non-foil and should be accepted for recycling.
Visit Recycle Now for more great tips.