WWF releases top tips for a sustainable Christmas

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New research from WWF has found that over half of British people want a more sustainable Christmas this year – but many aren't sure how to do so. Don't worry: the charity has helpfully released these top tips on how to reduce your festive footprint.

"Use brown paper or recycled wrapping paper instead of regular wrapping paper, as regular wrapping paper often has a shiny layer which means it can't be recycled.

"Remove all ribbons, bows and Sellotape from recyclable wrapping paper before putting it into your recycling bin, as these can't be recycled.

"Plan your shopping list ahead of time to make sure you don't buy more food than you need for Christmas.

"Try making simple changes with festive meals and eat less meat, fish and dairy and look to swap in fresh fruit and vegetables.

"Christmas leftovers can turn into some great alternative dishes – leftover turkey and potatoes can be used in pies, bones can be turned into stock, vegetables can be used in stir-fries.

"Try replacing single use plastic wraps like cling film with reusable beeswax wraps to help protect food.

"Consider giving experience presents such as afternoon tea, a visit to a local lake or forest instead of physical gifts.

"Go for a real Christmas tree instead of an artificial one – check it's from a sustainable source (FSC certified) that you can recycle through your local council afterwards, or why not rent a potted tree and return it after the festivities are over."

For more advice and inspiration, check out what WWF's doing over on the socials via #FightForYourWorld.

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