I’m dreaming of a Green Christmas…

Nothing is more festive than snow, but while there’s no guarantee that this Christmas will be white, why not have a green one instead? Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean we should stop caring about our planet, especially when the festive season tends to involve a lot of plastic waste, unwanted gifts and leftover food. It’s for that reason our lovely buyers have sought out lots of products with eco credentials to add to our range of eco-friendly crackers and gifts.

Our most eco-friendly crackers ever
Everyone loves a cracker on Christmas Day, but no-one is a fan of all that hard-to-recycle waste you’re left with once they’ve been pulled. This year, our buyers have gone out and found greener alternatives so you don’t have to miss out on this fun tradition – our bigger-and-better-than-ever range of Lakeland crackers are all made from glitter-free, foil-free, fully recyclable card, so they can go straight in the recycling when you’re done, packaging and all. And the only plastics you’ll find anywhere inside them – our Cracker Symphony whistles and racing polar bears – are either made out of biodegradable ‘ecoplastic’, or come with a storage bag so you can keep them safe and use them over and over again.

If you’ve ever wanted to race a polar bear (we know you’ve thought about it!), our Racing Polar Bear Crackers are the perfect way to bring a bit of the Arctic Circle to your dinner table – pick your favourite bear, pull it back to wind it up and release to propel it towards the finish line. Or if bowling is more your thing, you’ll love our Snowman Bowling Crackers. Each cracker features an adorable wooden snowman bowling pin inside – simply set up the six pins on the ‘bowling alley’ and take turns to knock them down with the fun Christmas pudding-shaped bowling ball! And because both these reusable games come with a storage bag to keep them in, you can get them out to play with year after year.

Whether you’re a little bit musical, enjoy a tipple, or love a bit of luxury, we’ve got the perfect eco-friendly cracker for you; and if you prefer to add your own gifts and treats, we’ve got you covered with our Fill-Your-Own Evergreen Christmas Crackers too – because you can tailor the contents to the individual recipients, there’ll be no unwanted gifts left on the table at the end of the meal.

Planet-friendly presents
There’s no need for the gifts you buy for loved ones to cost the earth – literally or figuratively! Whatever they’re into, we have something to tickle their eco-friendly fancy.

What better way to start the New Year than taking your own packed lunch to work, whether it’s leftovers from the night before or freshly made sandwiches. But it’s even better if you pack it in a pretty reusable container or wrapper too, reducing the need for cling film and other single-use plastic packaging. Decorated with a lovely leafy print and made from sustainable cork, bamboo and glass, Typhoon’s Good to be Green range is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to make lunchtime more eco-friendly with their coordinated Lunch Box, Lunch Bag, Travel Mug and Glass Water Bottle.

If you know a fan of puzzles, these 200 Coffee Break Puzzles make a lovely gift – not only do they get 200 logic puzzles to give their grey cells a workout, they’ll also have a smart reusable bamboo coffee cup to drink their favourite brew from, and the cup is biodegradable when it reaches the end of its life.

No coffee lover would want to miss their daily fix, but you can make their brew greener with the Eden Project Coffee Capsule Gift Box. This pack of 60 Nespresso-compatible coffee pods features six delicious organically grown coffee blends, but the best thing is that every pod is completely biodegradable, so you don’t have worry about any difficult-to-dispose-of waste – just pop them on your compost bin and they’ll break down. Now doesn’t that feel good?

When you’re entertaining, the last thing you want is to run out of fizzy drinks. With Sodastream’s Crystal and Spirit sparkling water makers, you can turn boring old tap water into delicious fizzy drinks at the touch of a button – you can even flavour them too. Or why not go for the beautifully sleek and stylish Aarke Carbonator 3 – with several different finishes to choose from, including Copper, Brass or Black Chrome, this super-efficient and stylish fizz maker really makes a statement in any kitchen. And as an added bonus, your recycling bin won’t be quite so full of plastic waste at the end of the festive season thanks to their reusable bottles and recyclable gas cylinders.

And if it’s just not party time without a drink with a straw, why not swap single-use plastic straws for our funky alternatives – try some Christmas Print Paper Straws or these Stainless Steel Snowflake ones, perfect for sipping a Snowball or spiced cider. And don’t forget to put this snowflake-printed Diatomite Drinks Coaster on the table – made of a natural mineral which ‘magically’ soaks up any drink spills or dribbles, this reusable coaster is the perfect gift for those pesky drink sloshers!

If you’re looking for a way to keep your loved ones warm and snug over the festive season without having to turn up the heating, beat the chill with one of our beautifully soft and cosy heated throws. Who wouldn’t love finding the luxurious Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw, or the Velvety Grey and Red Heated Throw under the Christmas tree? Mmmm… toasty toes!

Eco-friendly leftovers
Christmas is a time where we tend to over-cater, just in case… but what to do with those tasty leftovers when you just can’t stomach anything else? Our range of planet-friendly storage solutions will help food stay fresh and tasty for the rest of the year (unless those late-night munchers get there first!).

As useful as it can be, cling film creates a lot of waste, so why not swap it for a more planet-friendly alternative, such as these lovely printed Fabric Food Covers, or these beeswax wraps. Brilliant for wrapping those all-important turkey butties, covering plates and bowls of leftover festive fodder, or for keeping the cheese platter fresh, beeswax-infused cotton wraps are reusable and compostable at the end of their lives – and they can be used as firelighters to light your stove too. And they’re pretty as well as practical – they’re available with a lovely woodland or riverbank design, or if you’re not a fan of beeswax, our leaf print Reusable Vegan-Friendly Leaf Food Wraps are impregnated with plant-derived rosin and waxes instead.

So, go green this Christmas and it’ll be easier to start the New Year off with a clear conscience. For more ideas, check out our full range of eco-friendly gifts.

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