Do your bit for the planet this Christmas

Do your bit for the planet this Christmas

Sadie White No Comment

Christmas is around the corner, and Sheffield Futures Environmental Committee want to encourage you to make your Christmas green this year! Here are a few top tips to make this season friendlier towards our planet.


With an average of 17 cards in the UK for every man, woman and child, that’s a lot of trees being used. Making sure you put all non-glittery cards into your recycling bins, can go a long way to looking after our planet


When it comes to deciding whether a real tree or an artificial one is better for the environment, it’s a tough call. Generally speaking, if you buy an artificial tree you have to use it for a minimum of 7 years for its carbon footprint to be stamped out. However if you go for a real tree, a large part of being environmentally friendly is recycling it. Six million real trees brightened up homes and offices across Britain last year, of which only 10% were recycled. The rest went into landfill, a wasted opportunity to create biomass that would have provided nutrients for depleted soil. In Sheffield, The Children’s Hospital Charity offer a collection and recycling service for a donation (min £12) – recycling and giving to charity in one! Link to that service is here:

Food Shopping

By the time the ingredients that make up the average British Christmas dinner arrive on our plates, they have travelled a combined distance of 49,000 miles. Turkeys from Europe, vegetables from Africa, wine from the southern hemisphere, cranberries from America – the turkey and trimmings add up to the equivalent of 6,000 car trips around the world, new research from the University of Manchester has found. Buy local or buy less. Produce bought locally means you will be supporting small suppliers and the local community, while minimising your carbon footprint. Shop at a local farmers’ market – there are plenty around!

Buy your fruit and vegetables loose and ditch all that wasteful plastic packaging.

Buy drinks in bigger bottles rather than small ones. One large bottle generates less waste than several smaller ones.

Try to avoid serving people with paper or plastic plates and cups if you are entertaining.

Don’t forget to put the vegetable peelings from your Christmas dinner in your home compost bin.


Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough CO2 to inflate 12 balloons, so turn them off when they are not needed!


Using sustainable wrapping paper goes a long way to looking after the environment over the festive period. Either look for the PEFC or FSC logo on your paper (this means the paper is sustainably forested!) or buy recycled brown paper that you can make festive with ribbon and stickers!

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.