Regional Christmas tree
It’s best not to have a Christmas tree at all but, should a Christmas tree find its way into your living room, by all means give preference to local trees
, such as pine or spruce. This supports local forestry and avoids long-distance transport routes. Here in South Tyrol, too, we prefer local trees: the Hof Monstrol farm near Brixen for example offers Christmas trees, including local Nordmann firs or Weissmann firs
that will grace South Tyrolean living rooms this winter. A little online research is sure to lead you to a local Christmas tree producer in most regions!Homemade Christmas decorations
We all love decorating our apartments and houses in festive style at Christmas. Unfortunately, many conventional Yuletide decorations are made of plastic or synthetic materials. Why not take a walk in the woods and look out for “natural” Christmas decorations
, such as twigs, dried forest fruits, moss, pinecones or nuts? Great do-it-yourself creations for your tree can be made out of dried orange peel or salt dough. The best part is the fun to be had spending time together on DIY!Energy-saving lighting
LED lamps are a must when it comes to lighting in and around the house and LED fairy lights can reduce energy consumption
by 90 percent. The lights should ideally not be permanently on: a timer can help save both energy and money. In general, outdoor lighting should be installed with care to avoid disturbing or irritating either the neighbours or the local wildlife. And, if you are a fan of candlelight, we recommend buying beeswax candles
from a local beekeeper who looks after their charges.
Sustainable Christmas gifts
How about giving only sustainable Christmas gifts this year? For example, something homemade
, or gifts made from natural or raw materials
. There are also now many shops and sustainable online shops that will donate a portion of their Christmas proceeds to charity. Or, alternatively, you can “gift” a donation directly by supporting a charitable project, then giving the recipient the donation receipt as a gift. Regional Christmas dinner
Could you imagine going completely without meat for this year’s Christmas dinner, thus sending out a clear message? Or, for example, using only local produce from within a certain radius when dining with friends and family? We firmly believe it’s possible! In the meantime, a little online research will reveal lots of great recipes for locally sourced meals
that want for nothing. And your guests will most certainly appreciate it! It is also important to make sure nothing gets thrown away, so it’s best to cook in moderation. And, if there are any leftovers, simply give them to the invitees in a reusable container for the following day.
Mindful Christmas Holidays
At Christmas many of us have holidays, allowing us time to round off the year with friends and family. Instead of travelling by car from A to B, what about travelling during the Christmas season by bike or on public transport
instead – completely stress-free and green
? If not now, then when? Besides, there are countless winter activities such as forest walks, ice-skating, snowshoeing or handicrafts, cooking or even knitting together that can help us slow down, relax and unwind together.
More inspiration for a sustainable Christmas can be found here: Sustainable Christmas