Our location in the heart of Ferry Meadows means that we are reminded every day of the beauty of the natural environment. This is particularly true in the run up to Christmas when the wintry weather descends on the park creating some wonderful scenes.

However, it is also at this time of year when the environment can be at its most vulnerable, with waste in the UK rising by 30%. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to help out Mother Nature this Christmas.

Branch Out to a Sustainable Tree Supplier

Awkward to carry, deadly sharp pins and a heart-breaking farewell – despite the many woes associated with buying a Christmas tree, around 8 million are sold every year in the UK. To ensure your tree is as green in spirit as it as in colour, try to source one from a sustainable grower.

When it comes to disposing of the tree you can also help the environment by removing all decorations, chopping it up and putting it in the brown bin ready for collection. Another option is to take your tree to the Household Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe (external link: opens in new tab), you may even be able to replant (external link: opens in new tab) your tree if you bought one with a healthy root ball and have kept it in a pot.

A Bag for Life for Christmas

To carry out his annual deliveries on time, Father Christmas is required to travel from chimney to chimney at an incredible rate of 650 miles per second. That’s pretty quick – but it’s almost matched by the speed at which we shop during the festive period, with the average household spending around £821.

Whether you’re buying food, cards or presents, it’s always a good idea to put your shopping in a reusable bag for life rather than opting for plastic bags.

Recycle and Reuse Wrapping Paper

Every Christmas, we get through 300,000 tonnes of packaging – enough to cover Big Ben almost 260,000 times over. To help reduce this figure, you can recycle your wrapping paper or even better save it and reuse it next year. Or you could use it to start wrapping up Big Ben.

There’s Plenty of Life Left in Leftovers

Approximately 2 million turkeys, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussels sprouts are thrown away every year. Not only is this a lot of food going to waste, it’s a lot of money. If you’ve had enough of your Christmas dinner, don’t chuck it – give it a new lease of life with one of these tasty recipes: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/christmas-leftovers (external link: opens in new tab).

What We Do

Wherever possible at Lakeside, we source our produce from local suppliers, helping to keep the energy required to transport goods at a minimum. We also try to use organic ingredients, a factor that can help to protect soil from pesticides and overuse – something we discuss in a previous post about organic food.

As well as the current ways in which we try to reduce our impact on the environment, we’re always looking to improve our eco credentials. So if you have any of your own tips, please let us know next time you’re in. Until then, have a very merry (and environmentally friendly) Christmas!

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