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A greener Christmas

London Remade has challenged Londoners to be less wasteful and buy recycled for Christmas.

It suggests using recycled wrapping paper, cards and decorations and buying friends and family recycled gifts like glassware, cushions and lampshades.

Chief executive Daniel Silverstone said: Consumer choice is growing, we are now a nation of recyclers, so there is no excuse for not buying recycled during the festive season. It is not as hard as some people might think.

Its top ten suggestions for a greener Christmas include:

* buying potted Christmas trees that can be planted outside and reused each year - www.tree2mydoor.com

* using natural organic decorations rather than plastic ones - www.plant-force.co.uk

* trying recycled CD decorations www.cutouts.net

* using low energy fairy lights and turning them off when not around

* carefully unwrapping gifts and reusing good quality wrapping paper

* buying a wormery to recycle food leftovers

* finding a new home for unwanted gifts by donating them to local charity shops or using www.freecycle.org or www.ebay.co.uk

* reusing or recycling glass jars, bottles and cans

* recycling Christmas trees via the council or local garden centre

* making gift tags out of old Christmas cards or recycling them via the Woodland Trust schemes.

 

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