Get Sustainable this Advent

Joyous jubilations! Yuletide is upon us! A very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a Wondrous Saturnalia to you all!

In Jamaica Junkanoo dancers are preparing their parades, in Ukraine spiders’ webs are being hung upon tree branches and in Britain lovers are clinging to one another beneath the mistletoe. Bring on the mulled cider, the carolling, the tobogganing and the beauteous markets adorned with holly wreaths. Bring on the $1 trillion spending spree, the 30% increase in waste, the 300 deaths by Christmas tree burnings … or maybe not?

The giving of gifts is a glorious thing. And the tradition of excess eating an arguably wonderful respite from the endless bikini body ads and diet fads we suffer 11 months of the year. But before you dive into stuffing your faces and shopping baskets lets take a moment to think of old mother earth and those with whom we share this planet.

In the UK alone, 108 million rolls of wrapping paper, 54 million platefuls of food and 100 million black bags of packaging are forecast to be binned in the coming month. Lets take a moment to consider not only the impact of all that land/ocean-fill, but also the origins of the gifts and goodies sitting below the tree and on the kitchen table.

Do you ever ponder the comparative impact of organic v free range, carton v bottle, air-miles v vegan, metal v plastic, fair-trade v local. We do. We spend all day stroking our moustaches as we muse these issues. What, we ask, is the less impactful edible – a Christmas clementine flown in from Peru or a locally sourced and wild venison fillet roasted for the family on Christmas eve? We think and think again about how to consume with a clean conscience. It takes up plenty of our anxious deliberation and Internet research time.

What do we have to show for all this? We have various intriguing bits of analysis we plan to bring you in the New Year. And before then, a veritable smorgasbord of daily hints and tips to help you have a more environmental, sustainable and ethical Advent, to help you sleep sound in the knowledge that you’ve been consuming with a conscious come Christmas Day.

Join us on this Advent adventure and come away with 25 means to save the planet, your bank-balance and the carbon footprint that comes with contemporary Christmas celebrations. Get ready to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Repair, Rot and Recycle.

Follow us @unwrappedmarket_ on Instagram to see our Advent adventure unwrap day by day!

1. From plastic waste to human waste… it takes around 385 trees to produce enough toilet paper to get the average person wiping happily from nappies to grave.

Sustainable solutions deliver an economically, environmentally and ethically sensible alternative to the usual supermarket rubbish.

Who Gives A Crap makes theirs out of recycled paper. 50% of profits go to WaterAid. It’s prettily packaged. And leaves your derrier feeling as soft as a baby’s. 🍑

Make the switch. Order your first delivery today and get through advent without flushing trees down the toilet.

2. We’re still in the lavatory ladies and gentlemen. And today we’re getting menstrual. Every single tampon and sanitary pad you’ve ever used or passed on your way to the shaving foam in the local chemist is still out there. Washing up on the beaches and polluting landfill with bleach and plastic. Oh and polluting your delicates too.

Whether you’re a menstuater or a menstrual-ally get talking organic, get talking reusable, get talking menstrual cups! 🌓

3. On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: 3 woolly jumpers, 2 menstrual cups and a toilet roll that doesn’t kill trees!

The very silly season is upon us. Part and parcel of this silliness is, of course, the Christmas jumper. They’re everywhere. On the hardworking shoulders of the dentist’s receptionist, worn instead of uniform by smiling schoolkids, adorning businesswoman of the year on her way to the Christmas party… We’re a world obsessed.

One third of millenials buys a new woolly wonder every single year. In the UK alone, an estimated £300 million will be spent on Yuletide jumpers in the coming month.

Over here at Unwrapped we love our Christmas wardroves. Our jumpers are colourful, woolly and oversized to ensure space for as many homemade mince pies as possible.

They’re also organic wool, second hand, fair trade. Because we care not only about how they look. We care about where they’ve come from. And where they’re going.

Why do we care so much? Oh that little thing called the planet and the people we share it with. Huf Post did some glorious research that shows that ‘Christmas jumpers owned and bought this year will have an impact on the environment equivalent to more than half a million bath tubs of water and enough carbon dioxide to fill 179 party balloons for every person in the UK!’ What to do? Check before you buy.

1️⃣ Is your about-to-be-purchased jumper of the season second hand? Yes? Wonderful. You go Glen Coco! No? Well then… 2️⃣ Is your Yuletide purchase made from organic wool/cotton and fairly traded? Yes? Glorious! 3️⃣ Wait. You made it yourself too? Oh my! Welcome to the ranks of the eco warrior you consciously consuming conquistador! ✨

4. Baby it’s cold outside. Our answer? Light a candle and stay in with a book and a warming cup of cocoa.

Sound a little too 2016 Hygge? Don’t ever knock the power of a candlelit evening for one. Especially in this madly social and oh so chilly season.

Of course the candles in this picture are energy saving stars. No electricity needed. Carbon footprint heroics. But not always as green as you may think… Burning a candle releases a cocktail of chemicals into the air. If your candle’s of the cheap, paraffin based variety then that cocktail includes plenty C02 plus a good dash of carcinogens (acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene and formaldehyde to name a few). Oh and don’t forget that paraffin’s a by-product of petroleum which means your cheap, supermarket candle’s adding to the already considerable pressure on non-renewables.

Thankfully there are some glorious eco-friendly alternatives. Most of these are based on clean-burning veggie or bee wax. The latter’s what you’d find in the Unwrapped offices. Non-allergenic, smoke free and honey smelling to boot.

Find honey candles at any good shop near you! Or online at wonderful places like  @scottishbeecompany 🍯

5. Eating strawberries in Scotland?  Mushrooms in Melbourne?  Beets in Boston? If so you’re chowing down on some significant air miles there my friend. Probably a good dose of pesticides, additives and preservatives too. Why? You’re eating out of season.

Our favourite find of 2018 (getting in on the forty year old fad a little late in the day) has been the humble veg box.

Buy in season. Buy organic. Buy local. Buy wonky. Buy enough fruit and veg to truly hit that 10 pieces a day mark (that’s right – the powers that be have moved the goalposts to double figures).

‘It’s like Christmas every week’ is what our friends @riverfordorganics are told as happy consumers open up their box of veggie delights.

Join the masses. Leave the plastic in the supermarkets. Sign up to your fave local scheme now.

With a little lunch time research you’ll be able to locate a local farm / community garden scheme. For UK residents the Soil Association site lends a helping hand.

p.s. top tip for too the glorious problem of much veg: freeze your curries, tagines, stews, slaws and soups! 🥕

6. Planning to wash yourself with rose smelling shower gel before waltzing into this year’s Christmas party? Think again… Check our insta page to find out more!

7. Achooo?

Ah yes. Christmas colds have descended. Sneezes are out, nose blowing is rife, flu is being fought one hanky at a time.

Wait a moment. That tissue you’re snuffling into is made from virgin wood fiber and manufactured using around 2 litres of water. And blow-me-down it can’t even be recycled. Why? The additives used to reinforce tissues ensure they can’t be composted.

That’s right folks, it takes decades for a tree to grow, seconds to sneeze, and millennia for your tissue to decompose in landfill.

Never fear, there are recycled tissue paper brands out there. A little rough and itchy at times. But they do the job. Not good enough? Hankering after a hanky?

Considering our general tendency to reuse, pocket-stuff, open bin dispose of dirty tissues hankies happen to be a generally more hygienic choice. They tend to be prettier too. And softer. Choose wisely and they may just be your favourite new pesticide free, organic, hand made, sustainable, fairly traded accessory. Handy for mopping your brow / wiping away tears / drying hands / cleaning glasses / getting you through the flu.

8. December + Saturday = shopping mayhem!

There’s what to buy. There’s where to buy. There’s how to move it.

Which bag is best?

Flat packed paper / recyclable plastic / cotton tote / hemp shoulder … consider the transport costs (including weight impact on petrol consumption), the material cost (including the water and soil impact of farming), the fair trade factor (ethically handled from birth the grave?) per bag … shock horror … the footprint of the lightweight plastic bag is one of the best. Yes you read that right. Plastic bags are one of the least eco impactful bag options out there.

How to get over this scary stat? The key my eco faring friends is reusability. There is no better way to shop than to buy up that fairly traded tote made from recycled materials and reuse it until you have no option but to upcycle it into a mop.

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

Happy shopping!

9. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree; How lovely are thy branches’

Millions of ‘Christmas’ trees are cut down, sold and bauble bedecked every year. And today is prime tree hunting time.

The debate has returned once again – should we go plastic to save the trees?We say no.

It takes 7 years to grow a 2m Christmas tree during which time it acts as a carbon sink, trapping CO2 and using ten times less resources than artificial tree factories.

So (unless you can get creative with park-found twigs) head to a trusted tree farmer. For extra green points buy a potted specimen to plant out after the big day. Buy potted and you can even reuse next year!

Happy tree hunting.

10. What do you do while you brush your teeth? Admire your reflection? Like our instagrams? Do a few squats?

How about musing on the object you’re pushing about inside your mouth – your toothbrush. One of the 300 bristly sticks you’ll use from birth to grave.

Of the 3.6 billion toothbrushes bought annually worldwide, 80% end up in the ocean. Horrible huh? Turn that gloom into action by going green.

There’s a boom in bamboo handled toothbrushes. We’re big fans of the Moso bamboo variety. This stuff’s not eaten by pandas (so you don’t steal the bear’s lunch or bedroom by buying it up) and it grows a metre a day fertiliser free!

We’re yet to work out how to go truly sustainable on the bristles. Even the greenest options seem to have plastic elements. So unless you’re open to the old fashioned pig hair bristle idea (no thanks) be sure to check that your bristles are pba free and tweeze them out before composting the handle. That way, short of snapping off a branch and going old school with a chew stick, you’re doing as much as you can.

We highly recommend @boobalou who employ local farmers to harvest unwanted bamboo that will otherwise spread into precious agricultural land.

11. Still to send out your Christmas cards?

Already done ours. Real cards. Not e-cards.

Yes, we know, there’s the 1 billion Christmas cards that end up in UK waste every year. There’s the postal rounds chewing up petrol. There’s the stamps whose sticky backs are petrol based too … But then there’s the receiving of a Christmas card on a frosty morning. And there’s the card companies worth investing in.

Our friends @think_looploop make plantable wildflower cards that you can plant out in the spring and watch as flowers grow. There are the Christmas cards that keep some of our favourite organisations like @mcs_uk, @amnesty, @friendsoftheearth… And then there’s using last year’s non-plantable cards to make Christmas decorations, advent calendars and gift tags.

Call us old fashioned. But we like the community love that a well meaning, well sourced Christmas card evokes.

P.S. hand deliver to avoid petrol costs, last chance postal dates + actually get a chance to see your loved ones. What a merry idea that is!

Happy penning

12. It’s party season people. What’s your favourite tipple? Are you more of a gin cocktail or a kombucha brew reveller? And which straw are you sticking in that drink? Metal, bamboo, paper, plastic?

Straws take a drink to the next level. They say party. And dentists assure us that by keeping our nashers away from sugars these little hollow sticks help keep our smiles pearly white too.

This year has heralded a wave in plastic single-use-straw rejection. About time. This little terror is among the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups.

❌ But beware the alternatives. ❌

Many “biodegradable” options contain toxic bio-polymers and can only be safely broken down when industrially composted. If they land in the bin they generate dangerous amounts of methane once in landfill. And if they end up in mainstream recycling they can contaminate whole loads. What to do? Go reusable people. Invest in a swanky set of straws to last you through the festive season and well into the new year.

Found a pot of gold? Buy yourself one of @stephenwebsterjewellery sterling silver beauties (made in partnership with the wonderful @plasticoceansuk). Not a billionaire fan of The Last Straw? Try the gorgeous glass @officialrawstraw. Scared of glass shards in your cup of Kombucha? @bykalleco offer up a colourful metal based alternative.

Go forth, sip, slurp and sustain!

13. Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la la la laaa

Bad news: tinsel’s trending again this Christmas. John Lewis tinsel sale’s are up 11% on last year. The sparkly stuff may look good on a fur tree. But it’s made of non-recyclable plastic ready to leach BPA toxins into landfill if it doesn’t reach the beach first.

Never fear. We’ve been scouring the  eco, sustainable, ethical options and have some gems to share with you. 🎄

When you’ve exhausted your creative juices making Dried Citrus Garland, soy and cinnamon candles, recycled paper chains and painted fur cones look no further than this mini decorating guide:

@papertreeuk do sprigs of mistletoe made from eco-friendly paper. ❄️ @friends_earthhave sets of cheery hand painted baubles made in Kashmir with environmentally friendly techniques and packaged in recycled card. 🌲 @unicef market are selling gorgeous bells carved from weeping willow and festively decorated by Unicef supported craftsman Syed Izaz Hussein in India. 🎁 @namasteuk wool felt snowmen look adorable on our tree. Made using trad needle felting methods, these are handmade from sheep’s wool in rural villages. ✨

Go forth and decorate with a clean conscience. And remember to light up the lot with LED lights (the eco-friendly alternative that uses 80% less energy than the usual twinkling tree lights. And go green with solar power for your outdoor decs. Good for the purse strings and the planet too!

14. Let’s talk the sticky stuff.

We chew up 3.5 billion gobs of gum every year in Britain alone. In the centre of London you’ll find at least 20 pieces ground into each and every single paving stone.

Chewing gum is generally made from a mixture of synthetic plastics more usually reserved for the creation of tyre inner tubes, flooring and glue. Result? Your chewing gum will be around a lot longer than you.

Oh and don’t forget, gum often includes gelatin making it a no no for the vegans amongst us.

We’re not advocating smelly breath at your upcoming Christmas parties. But we are advocating sustainable chewing.

We’re big fans of both @chewsygum and @chicza_usa. Both brands are making 100% natural and sugar free gum using ingredients sustainably sourced from trees. That means no aspartame, no artificial flavours or sweeteners, no preservatives, and no plastic base. Fully biodegradable down to the cardboard packaging.

Check the particularly cool story behind Chicza – a gum made from the chicle tree sustainably sourced by the local community of the Mayan rainforest

Remember to stick your remaining plastic based sticks into an @gumdrop_ltdrecycling pot from where it will be magically reprocessed into pencils, shoes and coffee cups (see that last pic for proof). 🎄

15. Taking a moment this afternoon to finish gift shopping + wrap the lot in prep for the big day? Us too.

Before you start that wrapping … take a moment and think about where the paper, tag and ribbon’ll go after they’re torn off in 10 days. ❄️ Last Christmas, Brits sent around 108 million rolls of festive wrapping to landfill.

Often even the best intending are unaware that glossy, metallic, glittery or cello taped wrap is non-recyclable.

But Never Fear. We bring GREAT tidings in the form of great cost-free and sustainable solutions out there. 🙌

Heard of the craze for fabric wrapping? Its known as ‘furoshiki’ in Japan where people transform old pillow cases, sheets, tablecloths, old drapes, or even clothes, into pretty packaging. Keen to stick to paper? Use out-of-date maps, comics, calendars and magazines laying about the house.

A personal favourite option is brown paper packaging tied up with string. We even like to get crafty using potato prints on the paper. Personal touch ✔️ These ideas not lighting you up? Don’t you fret. These green companies have use a chemical-free treatment process to create their recycled wrap:

@agnesldn (gorgeous pieces on her @etsysite) @rewrappeduk @wragwrap@happywrapped (and don’t forget to get your hands on some eco-friendly sticky tape / abandon the tape and get busy with ribbon) happy wrapping 🎁

16. Sunday evening. Time to put the kettle on, sit back and relax. While you’re waiting for that water to boil why not take a moment to learn a little about the tea you’re about to brew. ☕️

Tea’s the most popular drink in the world after water – an estimated 70,000 cups are drunk every second. Are you a tea drinker? Loose leaf of bag? Darjeeling or Rooibos?

Do you ever think about where that tea bag came from and where it’s going after you’re done with it? We do.

1️⃣ #fairtrade is too often ignored in the tea trade. Farmers face the challenge of low and fluctuating prices for the green leaf they sell. Resulting poverty sees high rates of malnourishment, infant mortality and disease. 2️⃣ #singleuseplastics are found in almost every teabag in the form of polypropylene – a synthetic plastic used to make carpets, car parts and computers. This stuff’ll outlast you, busily polluting bodies and environments for hundreds of years. 3️⃣ #toxins like fluoride and neonicotinoids (picked up from pesticide rich soil) are found in most mainstream teas (in quantities far exceeding EU approved levels). These chemicals are particularly detrimental to both human & bee health 🐝

What to do? Check the label. #Organic, #RainforestAlliance, #FSC, #Fairtrade, #SoilAssociation certified… yes please ✅ We’ve had to cut Tetley, PG and Yorkshire out of our lives. But we’ve made up for it with some great new finds:

@sukitea hits the spot for us. Not only are these guys operating a Fairtrade enterprise using organic materials, their teas are tantalisingly tasty too. Other favourites include @yogitea, @eteaket @nemitea@brewteaco … What’s your favoured blend?

17. Hot on the heels of a big weekend, feeling a headache coming on from all that Christmas prep, freezing to icicle-like extremes and finding it hard to concentrate… we need to get hydrated. 💦

You might usually associate dehydration with summer. Sure, we sweat less in winter, but the cold, dry air at this time of year necessitates extra work from our lungs – humidifying and warming up our inward breaths. So hydration is just as important in December as July.

We know we need to go reusable on the old water bottles. We’re aware that the BPA filled plastic alternative is toxic. We know the facts 🔸 only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled 🔸 they can take 1000 years to decompose 🔸 it requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it… But the convenience factor of the single use bottles still sometimes lures us in. Solution? We’ve found some aesthetically awesome and ecologically extraordinary pieces we simply won’t want to be without and thrown them to the top of our Christmas wish list 🎄

@24bottles partners with the likes of @viviennewestwood, @katharinehamnett & @cleanoceanproject in the creation of their high-grade stainless steel bottles. Stylish and eco too, they offset manufacturing emissions by planting trees and print the quantity of CO2 emissions saved by refilling rather than disposing on every bottle.

@solcups choose to use glass – an infinitely reusable, recyclable and abundant material to make their handblown bottles which they top with sustainably sourced bamboo lids and BPA free silicone sleeves. Strong, lightweight and 100% chemical free, these are also a microwave and dishwasher safe option.

@swellbottle partners with @unicef, @bcrfcure and @red to ensure that their BPA free, food grade stainless steel bottles give back to the international community as well as the privileged gym goers amongst us. Their minimal 100% recycled paper packaging is a finishing touch we’re particularly taken with.

Whether you’re traveling, hiking, gyming, working or partying… these bottles have you covered!

18. At this time of year, an evening tipple begins to be less a pleasure and more a necessity. Over at unwrapped we’re always up for a swig of the festive spirit. Alcoholic or not. So long as it comes with a good dose of environmental friendliness.

What’s so impactful about the drinks business? Energy use, sourcing of ingredients, water management, packaging, dealing with waste… need we continue?

@imbibeuk have some scary facts for us … did you know that it takes around 298 L of water to make just 1 L of beer? 🍻 Or that the carbon footprint of an average bottle of wine is around 1,200G – equivalent to driving 3 miles in a Honda Accord. 🍷

Before we deprive you of any further Christmas cheer here’s one of our favourite tipples for the alcohol-drinking amongst us. An environmentally-friendly brand that graces our drinks cabinet with peace joy and love 🥂 @fattysorganicspirits

This is the perfect gift or the ideal party drink. Enjoy!

19. At a loss as to what to give to your nearest and dearest? Keep meaning to go out to shops after work but end up in the bath or pub instead? We know the feeling.

And we have a solution. In the shape of four of our favourite charity gifts. Spread double the love with these:

@coolearthaction collaborated with @VivienneWestwood to bring us the Save The Rainforest T-shirt. The Cool Earth foundation has already saved nearly a million acres of rainforest. Increase that number and get a great top too!

@centrepointuk has an amazing scheme to help us help the homeless this Christmas. We’re particular fans of the Christmas dinner and the room for a year options.

@helprefugeesuk Choose Love Store is a London pop up that encourages consumers to ‘shop your heart out, leave with nothing, and feel the love’ having bought up sleeping bags, emergency blankets and solar lamps for refugees.

@mcs_uk has an adopt a turtle (there’s also a seahorse option) scheme to secure a safer future for endangered marine life. What’s not to love.

Go forth and shop your hearts out 💚

20. Chocolate finds its way into every festivity.

2,000 years ago the Aztecs began cultivating the cocoa tree for its dark, bitter beans, from which they brewed a hot drink with chilly peppers. Today, we blend the beans with milk, sugar and (all too often) palm oil and call the stuff chocolate. And we eat a lot of it.

According to the International Cocoa Organisation annual production of cocoa beans in 2016 was 4.25 million tonnes. That’s a lot of Hershey’s Kisses.

70% of the world’s cocoa beans are grown as a cash crop in West Africa where child labour is a growing concern as farmers use underage workers to meet demand in growing, harvesting, and transporting cocoa beans.

Global chocolate consumption is fuelling deforestation for both palm oil extraction and cocoa plantation. Experts estimate that 70% of illegal deforestation on the Ivory Coast is related to cocoa farming. 🌳 🌲

We aren’t saying give up chocolate. We couldn’t possibly walk that talk. But we are advocating buying, chomping and disposing of this oh so tasty foodstuff responsibly. It isn’t hard. There are too many Environmental | Sustainable | Ethical chocolate companies to choose from. Start looking out for their guilt free great taste and pretty (planet friendly) packaging 🍫
Here are just a handful of our many personal favourites:

Meditate over slow chocolate from @meredith_foodatheart the most #mindfulrange we know made by the marvellous Meredith … @chocolateandlove collaborate with @weforest to support #reforestation one directly-sourced chocolate bar at a time … @eatyourhat bring us #sustainable, Fairtrade, organic bars that are utterly delicious to boot. Top tip: get your coffee order in while you’re there … Ish and Matt of @ocelotchocolate design and draw all of their packaging (which they’re working toward making 100% compostable). Their #organic, #fairtradechocolate is beautiful and delicious … For the #vegans amongst us @consciouschocolate make guilt free, dairy free, gluten free, soya free and refined sugar free chocolates from organic, raw and primarily wild ingredients. All packed in biodegradable and compostable packaging.
🎄❄️🍫

21. It’s a dinner party, drinks party, party party time of year. Finger food heaven. And paper napkin Hell.

Since the Roman age we’ve been using cloths to wipe our food covered fingers. The French brought us the word napkin to describe the useful bit of cloth. (Nappe = Cloth + Kin = Little)

So which is greener? Paper or cloth napkins? Just like the old plastic v cloth bags debate, this one comes down to number of uses. Invest in a set of organic linen napkins and some napkins rings to booth. Reuse those bad boys for the next few years and you’ll be winning the environmental fight.

Even better, make your own napkins from fabric remnants about the house. And for extra eco points take this new accessory out with you when gracing the local restaurant / café / bar with your presence.

22. Mouth already watering at the thought of Christmas lunch? Mine too.

Only one problem. The Soil Association reckons a typical Christmas dinner racks up 49,000 miles in imported ingredients, equivalent to two journeys around the world. There’s also the mountains of waste. And the promotion of industrial farming methods … poor planet 🌍
What to do?
Buy local
Buy seasonal
Buy organic
Be waste aware

Get yourself a Clink Charity Christmas Pud and a farmer’s market load of veg. Remember to leave the Zambian runner beans behind and buy up the sprouts and cabbage.

Eat well 🎄

23. It’s a sparkly time of year. The bubbly drinks, the white shiny snow, the spangly outfits, the glittery baubles, the twinkly lights … Christmas is a season positively bejewelled.

Slapping glitter on your face is a wonderful way to spread the sparkle. But it can come at a cost.

Never fear. We have a wonderful solution. Not fish scales on your face (unless you’re up for smelling fishy?) but eco glitter a la @eco.glitter.fun the bearers of biodegradable, cruelty free, vegan, plastic free sparkles ✨✨✨ Go forth and shine 🎄

24. One More Sleep to Go!

Ready to make your Christmas go with a bang? How about a bang that lasts beyond Christmas Day?

Like the tree, mince pies and stockings, crackers are integral to Christmas. In the UK alone around 100 million are pulled every festive season!

Crackers with their festive packaging and plastic contents provide some fun fuelled revelry for all of an hour. And then what? Into the bin and off to landfill.

It may be too late to invest in one of the many eco | ethical crackers out there, found at the likes of @keepthiscracker and @sheltercharity (the UK’s first certified #Fairtrade cracker complete with an eco-friendly, dynamite-free ‘snap’ ⚡️

If you have no time left for shopping why not try making your own with the help of blogs like @littleplasticfootprint (check their use of the @whogivesacrap toilet paper we praised on December 1st!)

For those of you with a cupboard full of supermarket crackers: #reduce waste like this:
1️⃣ #relish them 2️⃣ #repurpose the plastic toys and paper hats by rounding them up and keeping them for next year’s homemade versions 3️⃣ #recycle all that packaging 4️⃣ #reuse those cracker jokes at your peril

The sooner you sleep the sooner it’s Christmas 💚💚💚

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