Help us to help you reuse your Xmas waste this year.
Christmas is a time for indulgence. We spend money on buying gifts for loved ones, decorating our homes to look festive and twinkly and sometimes an overly extravagant amount of food and booze. And with all this extra consumption inevitably comes extra wastage.
Waste Collection Company Biffa estimates that during the festive period, in the UK alone, we create 30% more household waste than during the rest of the year; with 1billion Christmas cards, 277,000 miles of wrapping paper and 100million bags of rubbish headed to landfill every year!!
For environmentalists it can be hard for us to balance a guilt-free conscience whilst being caught up in all the festivity of this time of year. So it’s good to know how we can reuse and recycle as much of our Christmas wastage as possible. At The Hemp Shop we are keen to help fellow Xmas/Eco-living enthusiasts become more aware of how we can dispose of our Christmas aftermath as environmentally as possible, so we are pleased to announce The Hemp Shop’s 1st ever Christmas Card/Wrapping Recycling Scheme!
Read on to learn more and for some helpful tips on how to reduce, recycle, reuse this years Christmas waste.
How We Recycle our Packaging at The Hemp Shop
Not a scrap of paper or cardboard box ever goes to waste at The Hemp Shop HQ. All invoices/receipts/excess paper we use is put onto the scrap paper pile. Once it’s done with it goes into the shredder where it gets bagged up and stockpiled for padding for our orders. Every box we receive is also piled up in our warehouse, ready to box up every order we receive. Once your orders reach you, the padding/box packaging can be saved for any parcels you may need or, as it’s all 100% recyclable materials already, can go straight into your paper recycling pile (remember to always reuse over recycle where possible though!).
What Does this Have to Do With Xmas?
As we mentioned above, in the UK alone over 300,000 tonnes/1billion Christmas cards will head to landfill which, we don’t know about you but that fact makes us feel abit weak at the knees (not in the good way) so this year we’d like you to help us reduce that number and join our Christmas Waste Recycling Initiative.
Our Christmas Waste Recycling Initiative
In order for us to all do our bit to help make a small dent in this astronomical number of wasted Christmas Cards, we’d love you to help us by sending your old Christmas cards and wrapping paper to us to reuse in our packaging throughout 2020! We’re able to really easily shred all your Christmas cards to send all our hemp parcels out snuggly, and whether you’re using metallic (which is virtually impossible to recycle right now) or paper wrapping paper we can also use this to stuff into our order boxes.
It’s a win-win really, you can rest easier that your Christmas packaging has gone through at least two more stages of use before it is recycled, and we can ensure that all our packaging continues to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
How do I get Involved?
Please send your old Christmas card/wrapping paper to;
Xmas Recycling Initiative
Please include your name and email address in the parcel and we can be sure to send you a thank you for helping us to help the environment!
If you’re unable to send your Christmas card/paper waste into us, or for more advice on how you can reduce, reuse, recycle your Christmas waste continue reading on….
The equivalent of 54million plates of food is thrown away at Christmas in the UK so if it’s possible to cut this figure down where possible then great!! Any unopened packages should be taken to your local food bank (you can search for your local one here ), any old fruit can be turned into jams/chutneys (which is also a great rainy day activity), mince pies/breads/baked goods will always be welcome by hungry birds as will any dried fruits and nuts and why not turn any half drunk bottles of spirits into a festive New Year trifle?
Any other ideas of how to reuse old Christmas foods/ingredients are most welcome! Please comment below or get in touch via social media!
No matter how old we get, it’s inevitable that we end up with a pile of shower gels or socks which aren’t our particular smell or style. A great way to save shoving them to the back of a cupboard or in a bin is to donate them to charity. A local homeless charity would always be welcome of any clothing, blankets or cosmetics, as would your local charity shop, Freecycle page or local Facebook community group.
Check with your local council to see if recycling your xmas paper is possible. Generally a simple test to see if your xmas paper is recyclable is to scrunch it into a ball – if it stays scrunched it will be good to go into the paper recycling pile, if it springs back or is shiny, has metallic or plastic fibres in it then isn’t suitable for recycling (so is ideal for sending into us to get reused!). And remember – if it’s headed to the local recycling centre then take any plastic bows or tape off it.
Want to send your old paper to us? See the address above and don’t forget to include your name and email so we can send you a thank you.
For all the merriment and joy a cheerful pine-scented xmas tree brings in our homes each year, did you know that around 6 million Christmas trees will end up in landfill each year in the UK alone! Trees take years to decompose slowly releasing methane into the atmosphere, which is 25times more potent than carbon dioxide. As the vast majority of us don’t have access to our own personal shredder it’s hard to know the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with all our old xmas trees. The Recycle Now website has a great tool for you to see where your nearest Christmas Tree Recycling centre is. Simply follow the link, choose ‘Garden Waste’>’Christmas Trees’ and enter in your postcode.
We hope you can help us in tackling our collective Christmas waste with our Xmas Card Recycling Initiative
Want a rainy day xmas activity? Why not give our Hemp Xmas Sugar Cookies a try! Click the link here for our homemade original recipe