Food is a huge part of the Christmas festivities, so it’s important to get it right.
Buy local or buy less. Produce bought locally means you will be supporting small suppliers and the local community, while minimising your carbon footprint. Shop at a local farmers’ market, or try growing some of your own vegetables where possible.
Buy your fruit and vegetables loose and ditch all the wasteful packaging. Investing in some vegetable bags could help you get around buying packaged fruits and vegetables if you don’t want lots of loose fruit/vegetables in your bag.
Try to avoid serving people with paper or plastic plates and cups if you are entertaining guests and use reusable crockery instead.
Pack all your goods into a re-usable shopping bag or re-use old plastic bags.
If you can, buy drinks in bigger bottles, large bottles will generate less waste than several lots of smaller ones.
Recycling your leftovers
Don’t forget to put the vegetable peelings from your Christmas dinner in your food waste bin if your council provides one – if not, start a compost bin for your garden or donate your food scraps to local allotments/neighbouring gardens.
Read this Hubbub article on facts about freezing your food to mitigate food waste.
Try vegetarian/vegan Christmas recipes
51% of global greenhouse gases come from animal agriculture, therefore going plant-based is a powerful action we can take to reduce our contribution to climate change.
This recipe video by Bosh! which makes a vegan Christmas dinner including a portobello mushroom wellington, maple roasted veggies, balsamic sprouts, wholegrain mustard mash and the perfect roast potatoes, which show that going meat-free doesn’t mean missing out on a tasty dinner.
Avante Garde Vegan has an alternative wellington recipe here. While also providing a bounty of other plant-based recipes, such as Christmas pudding, Yorkshire puddings and a spiced hot chocolate.