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Have yourself a very green Christmas


Published December 2020

Our world deserves a Christmas treat too so do your bit for the planet and spread some cheer with sustainable, recyclable, green Christmas treats and decorations. Check out our top tips for a green Christmas:

Open House Deli is not only a sustainable ‘open house’ deli cafe serving fresh food but it’s also an eco friendly retail store in Winchester. We love their Plastic free everyday starter kit which is available to purchase via their online shop. You can also pick up your Huskee Cup – deserving winners of the Good Design Award in 2018, the Huskee Cup is a stylish, unique-look cup that keeps coffee hotter for longer without burning fingers. It’s constructed from non-toxic, BPA-free material. And if you are looking for a more environmentally friendly way to wrap up your leftovers this Christmas have you tried the amazing Beeswax reusable wraps? They are perfect to use instead of clingfilm and keep your produce fresher for longer – you can even wrap up your sandwiches in them.

Earthian Zero Waste Shop located in Parchment Street is the perfect place to buy a ‘green’ present for your loved one. Dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling, Earthian has a range of savoury treats including dried fruit and nuts, as well as coffee, shampoo and bubble bath – all perfect for a zero waste Christmas. Don’t forget to pick up your 100% recycled and reusable plastic free wrapping paper designed by UK artists.

As the weather gets colder and wetter treat your loved ones to a raincoat from Seasalt Cornwall and help turn the tide on plastic pollution – visit the Winchester store along the High Street or order yours online. Seasalt Cornwall are innovating with fabrics to give life to plastic waste and one of their plastic free raincoats could be the perfect ‘green’ present under the tree this year.

Everyone deserves a treat while wrapping presents and putting up decorations so don’t forget to buy yourself a box of chocolates from Earthian – they are organic, dairy free, nut free, gluten free and the wrapping is plastic free. Perfect for a sustainable Christmas.

If you like a range of chocolates to enjoy over the Christmas season be sure to place your order with Montezuma – all 0f their eco packaging is either 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. With a huge range of flavours and treats on offer there is something to delight everyone in the family.

This Christmas grab your bike from the shed and take it to Bespoke Biking for a tune up – ready to burn off that extra piece of Christmas pudding. Surprise your loved one and take their bike over as well and enjoy rides together in the new year.

biking along the south downs path

Treat your loved ones to a beautiful gift from the Woodland Trust so they can enjoy the nature around them. Check out these recycled bird feeders – a present that truly is not just for Christmas as they will have the joy of welcoming wildlife in their own garden for the rest of the year.  For a fun educational gift that will get all ages exploring the stunning countryside around them – the Poos and Clues Book will help track elusive woodland animals. Or make sure they know their flowers with the Flower Swatch Book or dedicate a woodland or tree to that special someone and help the Woodland Trust stand up for woods, trees and wildlife across the Winchester district and the rest of the UK.

Encourage your friends and family to take some time to focus on themselves with a biodegradable yoga mat from Liforme – 5% of each sale goes to Friends of the Earth. And then find the perfect outdoor spot in Winchester to use it!

Keep your loved ones hydrated in the New Year with a reusable steel water bottle from ION8. Not only are these bottles leak proof and stylish, they are made from fully recyclable stainless steel – a great walking partner for when you are trying out one of Winchester’s walking trails in the New Year.

Another great gift idea that will guarantee a whole year of fun for the whole family is an annual membership to Marwell Zoo! It comes with the added feel good factor of helping conserve global biodiversity and pursue a sustainable future. Marwell Zoo is owned by the world renowned, action-oriented charity, Marwell Wildlife and their team of Conservation Biologists are behind programmes in both the UK and Africa. Working towards living in balance with nature, their talented scientists create adaptive initiatives to identify some of the most important animal habitats and help restore destroyed ecosystems.

Snow leopards side by side

Snow leopards at Marwell Zoo

Make your Christmas greener whilst making treats for the whole family. Try your hand at some mince pies or try this simple recipe to make a Christmas pudding to delight everyone at your Christmas table.

Why not consider a meat free, sustainable meal this year – check out so great ideas for a vegan feast here.

When you’ve eaten as much as you possibly can reduce your Christmas food waste by freezing leftover turkey to make some of your favourite meals in the New Year. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website here for ideas.