Plastic-free X mas 2023


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Ace recycling group CIC, Scotland.

Christmas tree decorations made from recycled and discarded bits and bobs was an inspiration for members of public to celebrate Christmas more sustainably and strive to be plastic-free.

Surrey Libraries, England.

Surrey libraries ran inspiring workshops and crafts sessions across their libraries to empower locals both adults and children to create plastic-free gift boxes and cards that included Christmas cards from scrap paper, mini paper Christmas trees holding candy canes, to Christmas wreaths made from old rags and recycled books, pine cones and more – decorations that can be used and reused every year.

Jenny Brown, Scarborough.

Jenny made Christmas crafts using recycled materials and bits and bobs to make outstanding decorations for the Christmas tree. She inspired many and inspired them to follow her lead.

Lyndel Clifton, UK.

Lyndel created a table top Christmas trees from used costume jewellery. Costume jewellery contributes to plastic pollution. These materials have negative impacts on the environment because they are not biodegradable and cannot be recycled easily. Recycling those to be reused every year is a great idea and was liked by many.

Tilery Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees, England.

Tilery Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees, arranged the Big Christmas Jumper Swap last November to encourage a Sustainable and waste free Christmas. The school’s eco-committee promoted this event.

St. Mary’s Preparatory School, Merseyside, England.

Last November, St. Mary’s Preparatory School, Merseyside held a whole school Christmas Jumper Swap Shop. All families were invited to donate an unwanted Christmas jumper or Christmas party outfit and for a small donation, they could come and choose another jumper at our Swap Shop event. The School Council promoted the event in school and ran the Swap Shop in the school hall. It was a great success and they received lots of jumpers and donations. Alongside this, they held a ‘Guess the name of the elf’ game where the children could win a toy elf and some chocolates. The money raised went to CAFOD World Gifts.