5 ways Christmas is more sustainable than you think

During the excitement and excess of the festive season, it’s easy to forget about the planet. Fortunately, a lot of our seasonal traditions are actually also great for the environment. So, let’s take a moment to celebrate those things we’re doing right! 

A Seasonal stroll 

The classic post-lunch walk is actually great for lots of reasons, not just burning off those extra calories. It is a great family activity, promotes physical well-being and fosters a deeper connection with the environment. 

GIKI STEP: Get out in nature 

Boxing Day Feasts 

The day after Christmas, known as Boxing Day in many parts of the world, is a time where lots of families gather to indulge in the delicious leftovers from their Christmas feast, minimising food waste. This thoughtful approach not only extends the joy of the holiday but also reduces waste, which means food doesn’t end up in landfill, emitting powerful greenhouse gases (methane). 

GIKI STEP: Make a meal with leftovers 

Low Carbon Entertainment 

A lot of us work less and travel less over the holidays. We naturally stay at home more and opt for low carbon entertainments such as cozying up with a movie or playing board games. If we meet with families, it means heating (or cooling) one home instead of several.  

GIKI STEP: Time your heating 

Sustainable Foods 

Often the foods we eat over the holidays are based on traditional foods that are in season locally. In season produce allows nature to do most of the hard work heating and watering the food you eat. It’s often grown closer to where it’s eaten meaning less carbon emissions from transport. 

GIKI STEP: Eat the seasons 

Kindness at Christmas 

Christmas is a season that beautifully amplifies the spirit of kindness and generosity, reminding us of the profound joy that comes from selfless acts of giving. Acts such as volunteering, making donations of money or food, even picking up litter are all ways to spread kindness to others and the environment.  

GIKI STEP: Share unused food 

If you already do all these festive steps, then perhaps choose one of our other Giki steps to focus on over the holidays, or make a new year’s resolution that puts the planet first in 2024!!