Around 5 million tonnes of waste – both recyclable and not – is created around Christmas in the UK every year, equivalent to 450,000 double decker buses. At SHARE we want to do our small part in reducing this number by encouraging borrowing from our growing selection of Christmas items.
Save yourself money and storage space by borrowing our 6ft artificial Christmas tree from £3 per fortnight, covered in pine cone and berry decorations. Or steady your real tree (which can be recycled!) with one of our 3 tree stands.
Go for a new look this Christmas with one of 6 sets of baubles and decorations available to borrow. Choose from traditional red and gold, cool silver and blue, or bold pink and green bauble sets. Plastic and glass baubles can’t be recycled, so reusing or borrowing them is the best thing to do. If baubles aren’t enough, add some extra glamour to a Christmas gathering with a festive staircase garland from just £2 for 2 weeks!
Looking for more ways to reduce waste over Christmas? Here are our top tips:
1. Wrap wisely.
Check any wrapping paper you use is recyclable, as metallic and glitter papers have to be thrown in the household waste. Go a step further and give gifts in reusable gift bags, wrap them in fabric, or even put present in an extra gift of a homemade tote bag of you’ve got the time and skills. (Did you know we have 5 sewing machines at SHARE?)
2. Make your own natural Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations such as wreaths can be made fairly quickly and easily at home, even with twigs and sprigs from your own garden. Once the festive season has passed, natural decorations like holly and ivy can be recycled in green or garden waste, and any DIY tools you’ll need are likely to be available to borrow from us.
3. Buy local produce and get baking.
Reduce plastic packaging and support local business by buying from local greengrocers, butchers and bakeries that use little or no plastic. Consider making festive cakes, biscuits and other treats at home to reduce packaging waste and delight friends and family. If your kitchen is sparse, SHARE has everything you need from bread makers and food mixers to cake pans and casserole dishes.
4. Don’t just throw it all back in the attic.
Once Christmas is over and the tree comes down, save yourself the headache of sifting through a dozen boxes of Christmas stuff next year by taking the time to sort through it. Fix or recycle broken strings of lights, take stock of leftover cards and wrapping paper, and put aside what you won’t use again for donation. If SHARE can’t take your items for our inventory, we may be able to sell them to raise funds or advise you on where to donate them.
If you’d like to reserve items to guarantee you have them over Christmas, please contact us, reserve online or pop into the shop. Happy holidays!