We’re bringing you festive beauty without the beasts!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year yet again, but amongst all the cheer and celebrations there's a chillier side to Christmas. Over half of us in the UK have admitted to overspending and overindulging, with 30% more waste created at this time. We’re not going to be complete Scrooge’s though and say no to the festivities! There are ways to make this season a sustainable one, and these are the small changes that will make a huge difference in the long run.
Christmas Trees…real vs fake
Having a real tree in your living room sounds like the most eco move to make, it’s natural after all right? However, around 7-8 million real Christmas trees are bought and thrown away every year…just in the UK. That’s a lot of production, potential waste and material consumption to think about. Yet, artificial trees are no better of course, having a huge impact on the environment.
If you are looking down the artificial route, why not double check your attic to see if you already have one tucked away! If you do have one already then great; we are huge advocates for reusing and recycling here at Beauty Kitchen so why not make they most out of what you already have. If not, you can always purchase a second hand one locally. If you are looking at real options, be sure to check for the FSC certified logo to ensure that that your Christmas tree has been grown sustainably. Or take it even further and buy a potted tree which you can grow and reuse again year after year!
Decorations & Wrapping
Christmas cards, wrapping paper, toy packaging…all items made from paper that we probably just end up throwing in the bin without a second thought. In fact, the total of card packaging used over Christmas could cover Big Ben 260,000 times over! Of course, we still want to keep the festive element of surprise when gifting our presents and decorating the house so here’s a few tips to avoid as much waste this year with our first one being to use recyclable wrapping paper! A lot of wrapping paper is covered in a plastic film so isn’t recyclable at all. You can find out whether your wrapping paper is recyclable with the Scrunch Test. If you scrunch the paper into a ball and it stays, it can be widely recycled whereas if it springs back then it can't be; find out more here. When sending out your own gifts why not try using recyclable brown paper, or even old newspaper for a vintage feel?
Instead of going out and buying plastic adorned decorations, it may be nice to talk a winter walk outside to source some natural materials (ivy, holly, pine cones, dried oranges, cinnamon sticks etc.) to pop around the house. A great, low cost idea which is perfect for the whole family is to make a natural wreath for your front door out of these materials too! Simply throw into a compost bin after, unlike the glitter covered ones you can buy which generally can't be recycled.
Glitter is a must at Christmas time, but of course it makes it hard to recycle products which is why we created an eco-friendly and sustainable version. Most biodegradable glitters contain 8% polyester micro-plastic, but our Eco-Glitter Balm contains 0% plastic meaning you can still add a little Beauty Kitchen sparkle to the season.
A Festive Feast
Arguably the tastiest food of the year (minus the brussels sprouts), it is surprising that around 4.2 million plates of dinner and 74 million mince pies are thrown away each Christmas in the UK! There are some great ways to be a bit more sustainable this year when it comes to food:
- Try and plan a Christmas shopping list and buy only what you need to save you overspending
- Buy loose and organic items where you can so as not to create more waste with plastic - maybe visit your nearest greengrocers or try out a veg box scheme
- If you do have leftovers try and find some inventive ways to make use of them…refried roasties anyone?
- You could also donate any unopened goodies to your local food bank for those in need
Giving Something Back
It’s always nice to support others around this time of year, whether it’s providing your leftovers to those in need like we mentioned earlier or simply donating your spare change to one of your favourite charities. We donate 2% off all our sales (not profits!) to incredible charity partners including Plastic Soup Foundation, The Seahorse Trust and other sustainable causes. So, when you purchase any of our Beauty Kitchen products, not only are you buying into something truly sustainable but you’re also investing in some great charities!
Here at Beauty Kitchen we are as sustainable as possible, which is why we’ve launched our limited-edition Christmas Raw Inventions range. Whether you want to treat yourself or gift a guilt-free present this year, the range has been designed with the end in mind and of course created with natural ingredients. From our Rainbow Baby Bath Bombs to our Cinnamon Spice Soap bar and our new “Create Your Own” kits, there’s something for everyone.
I totally adore Beauty Kitchen’s Abyssinian Oil Facial Cleansing Balm!
Discovered it in the UK. I so wish I could get it in the US.