Here at Easydry, we’re so excited about Christmas – pulling crackers, tearing open presents and drinking more than is good for us. But Christmas is a time for giving, so why not this year give the planet a break – and make it a season to celebrate sustainability? While we don’t want to sound like Scrooge or the Grinch, it can be a time of wanton waste as much as goodwill, but instead of going all bah humbug and turning your back on the whole thing, just follow our Easydry guide for a greener season.
Most of us go for fake trees over real ones. If you’ve got a fake tree, be sure to make it last as long as possible. If not, or if your plastic greenery is starting to look more like the ghost of Christmas past, a real tree is probably more eco-friendly. There are a fair few home-grown species that fit the bill. The (ever)greenest option is probably one in a pot or with roots that you can keep for several years, or plant out once the 12 days are done with. Be aware, though, that your average suburban garden is not the best place for a tree that can grow to 30 metres or more. A better option might be a native shrub or other plant that doesn’t morph into a jack-and-the-beanstalk, garden-grabbing monster. There are many types that look the part or can be easily pruned into the trad conical shape – check out lillypillies or English or Japanese box.
The most eco-way forward is to make your own Christmas decorations. Hang pine cones, painted or dusted with glitter, on the tree. A quick online search reveals dozens of ways you can use scrap materials to make funky decorations. You could even give your used Easydrys (a mix of red and white would be great) a quick rinse and iron before cutting them up into Christmassy shapes. They’ll also make a great talking point in the salon, and help show your clients your environmental commitment.
Like the rest of your salon lighting, LEDs are by far the best for fairy lights as they use loads less energy than traditional bulbs. With a twinkle brighter than Santa’s beard, they look great, too. Just make sure you turn them off at night.
Why not send everyone e-cards instead of costly (for your pocket and your planet) snail-mail cards? They’ll cut your carbon footprint, save trees and save you money. If you prefer the hard-copy versions, make sure they are made from recycled card and can be recycled after use. Or, again, why not make your own out of recycled card?
All that expensive paper, torn up and thrown out, is another massive seasonal waste. What’s more, loads of commercially produced wrapping paper is coated with plastic or foil, which cannot be recycled and plays havoc with the recycling plant machines. So make sure any wrapping paper you buy is 100% recyclable – and recycle it. Alternatively, make your own with brown paper and potato prints (remember them?). And if you use any tags or ribbons, make sure you remove them before you put your wrapping into the recycling.
Finally, don’t forget to have a great time. Merry Christmas.