As we approach Halloween and the festive season, Vicki Harris, of plastic-free gift box business From Suffolk With Love, offers a more planet-conscious approach to party season
Halloween is just around the corner and then November, when lots of us will be turning our attention to Christmas. I’m sure it comes round quicker every year! The bigger shops have started to stock up on the cheap little bits of toot that seem tempting, price wise, but are mostly made of plastic and will be in landfill before next year’s festivities roll round and will stay there for hundreds of years after!
With this in mind, here are some ideas to save some money and be more planet conscious that can apply to not only Halloween but Christmas too:
Pick up paper, wood or fabric decorations, or even better you can make your own. Pinterest has loads of ideas, you can do it yourself for a sophisticated look or get the kids involved for some fun, cute decs that you can put up again and again!
Halloween Costumes/Christmas Jumpers
There are so many cheap outfits in the supermarket but don’t forget the ones that were worn only a couple of times in previous years now sitting around on in your local second-hand shop or on Vinted and eBay! These tend to be cheaper still that the supermarkets and means they get a new lease of life instead of going straight in the bin.
Don’t be tempted by the plastic wrapped trick or treat sweets this Halloween, bake some cookies to give out to the kids, they won’t care if they’re perfect or not. Wrap them in paper bags that you can decorate with scary motifs! For Christmas how about some homemade jam, chutney or even gin for gifts? Your loved ones will love that personal touch.
This one is more for Christmas, but have you seen reusable crackers? Totally genius! Buy some this year and save money by reusing them each year. All you need is a little gift to put inside, like chocolate, a little soap or similar. If you do buy shop bought, look around for the paper ones that are becoming more popular to save on your plastic waste.
Again, for Christmas, but consider buying experiences instead of ‘stuff’ this year. A theatre ticket, or a voucher for the zoo will be a good day for making memories together too. Alternatively, you could gift your time with a voucher of something you can commit to, like washing the car every month, or a day out to the park together once a week, or similar. You could really get creative with this one!
Plastic free gifts!
If you would like to get something a bit special for your loved ones, then make sure it is plastic free! At From Suffolk With Love I put together lovely gift boxes of pamper items that are plastic free and planet conscious, to suit all tastes and budgets, for her, for him and even one for the kids. Go to From Suffolk With Love for a browse and use code FOLKFEAT10 for a discount just for you!
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