Updated: Jan 15
Tring in Transition had a stall, alongside Green Tring, at this year's Christmas Festival with a theme of "Have a green Christmas". We were based in the High Street Baptist Church Hall and had a steady flow of festive visitors all evening long. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
We featured the "12 Green Days of Christmas", with many thanks to Jan. Forget any notions about Partridges or Golden Rings.....these are 12 ideas to think about to help save the planet's natural resources – without being a Scrooge at Christmas! Click on the picture below to go to our dedicated page on these.
The short version is:
Choose the right wrapping paper
Reduce food waste
Buy plastic free gifts
Switch to LED Christmas lights
Use "green" Christmas decorations
Choose the right Christmas tree
Try a clothes swapping App
Try organic wine
Send online e-cards
Buy the right crackers
Invest in a reusable advent calendar
You may also be interested in these article from the Carbon Trust. They are a few years old now and still absolutely valid.
Gifts, trees and decorations...
We also had reusable gift wrappings/sacks on display as well as simple, easy to make (especially great fun with children) Christmas decorations that are easy on resources, fun, good to look at and save money! What's not to like?
Much of our stall was taken up by two Christmas trees - one plastic/artificial and the other. The answer to the question "which is most environmentally friendly" is not straightforward - although real trees are the best option if they are disposed of properly (easy to do) or perhaps potted and reused next year. We covered this topic in our last newsletter and also have a dedicated Blog article, if you'd like to learn more. Tree decorations also got our attention. Barr brought along several that are 45 years old and still going strong. They have the added value of becoming treasured possessions, with many attached memories. Worth thinking about when considering what to buy - or to make - for your own tree.
We wish you all a very happy Christmas. Tring in Transition.