The 10 Keys To Contaminate The Least This Holiday Season

The 10 keys to contaminate the least this holiday season and save a few euros on bills

Regarding gifts, it is best to opt for handicrafts and local gastronomy or “intangibles”, such as tickets for the cinema and the theater.

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The nougat company from Alicante, Turrones Picó, has presented a list of Ten possible gifts we can give to the planet as part of their Christmas campaign Lots of little people, doing little things, can change the world., with the aim of “enjoying some more sustainable parties in Spain.

In the statement provided by this company, it is recalled that this Christmas “will be really special due to the context of the pandemic that we are experiencing, but meanwhile the environment continues to suffer.”

Therefore, it proposes to continue with the creation of responsible habits with nature and with the commitment to its protection. Here are his ten suggestions:

1: Acquire a natural Christmas tree. The best option is the natural tree since the artificial ones “are made of PVC, they come from far away, so their transport causes CO2 emissions, they do not decompose naturally and, furthermore, we must take them to a clean point.”

In contrast, natural trees are 100% biodegradable and they capture CO2 during their growth, they can be bought in nurseries of controlled production and be returned to the collection service authorized by the Administration to “replant those that are still alive and compost the rest”.

2: Reuse the Birth. It is advisable to reuse the one used the previous year instead of buying a new one, modifying its layout and, if it is used for the first time, ensuring that it is made with recycled materials. In this case it is necessary to pay “special attention” to the moss, since it is a protected species and must be acquired in authorized nurseries. Another option is to make one ourselves with recycled materials and figurines that we have at home, for example from games.

3: Use energy-efficient Christmas lights. In order to reduce energy consumption, it is preferable to use energy-saving light bulbs such as LED lights, which allow a saving of 90% respect to the traditional ones, and limit the number of hours of ignition, if possible reserving them only for “special moments”. However, the best option will always be not to put the lights on.

4: Place decorations of recycled materials. The Christmas decoration can be displayed using recycled materials “such as paper, paint, cardboard, popcorn and cotton” for garlands and balls or giving “new life” to old decorations.

5: Think about sustainable gifts. In addition to warning about the need to “not abuse packaging”, it is important to “awaken environmental awareness among minors” and therefore proposes giving away toys with rechargeable batteries instead of batteries” in addition to “making sure that they do not promote sexism and warmongering”.

For adults, he suggests giving handicrafts and local gastronomy products, seeds of honey plants that “are ornamental and contribute to the feeding of pollinating insects” or opt for “intangibles”, such as tickets for the cinema and the theater.

6: Prepare a table with ecological kitchenware. For dinners such as Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve and Christmas and New Year’s meals, in addition to the rest of these dates, you must use the usual crockery and cutlery or an ecological tableware that is disposable. From 2021, the European Parliament will ban the sale of glasses, plates and cutlery single use, to reduce plastic waste.

It is also advisable not to abuse foods of animal origin such as the farmed meat and fish, since they are the foods that generate the most polluting emissions.

7: Develop a menu against food waste. Reusing leftover food, buying organic and local products or making a shopping list that includes only what is necessary are some of the formulas against food waste that this decalogue proposes.

8: Cooking with energy savings. Among the energy-saving tricks that the statement highlights when it comes to being used in the kitchen, it points out not opening the oven while it is in operation, cooking several foods at the same time, taking advantage of residual heat and avoiding heat leaks with the lids of the ovens. containers.

This company recommends choosing “first the microwave, then the pressure cooker and finally the oven” to save “about 70% of energy and time”, according to his calculations.

9: Save energy and water in appliances. A simple but sometimes forgotten contribution is to “close the fridge well and do not put very hot food in it, because they will make the fridge consume more to cool them down”.

Before starting the dishwasher, make sure that it is complete and use the ecological programs, “Our Allies when promoting savings.

10: Recycle, recycle and recycle. The first thing to make clear: the best residue is the one that does not exist. Based on this premise, the ideal way to avoid generating more waste than necessary is to use reusable packaging (boxes instead of wrapping paper, cloth bags instead of plastic ones, etc.). That yes, what inevitably gathers in the rubbish bin must go to its container: cardboard and paper, to the blue; plastic packaging, yellow; glass bottles, green; dead batteries, to the batteries; leftover food, organic.