Don’t let that old carrot at the back of the fridge put you off. There’s plenty to be made from food we’ve forgotten about. DIY your own Christmas gifts with these 5 fabulous sustainable recipes which make use of the odds and ends you have in the fridge, saving you money, time and food waste too. Get ready to reuse and recycle in style.

1) Mark’s preserved lemons

If life gives you lemons, preserve them. Simple and delicious, this recipe will turn your citrus waste into something special. All you need is some lemons, salt, sugar, some herbs and olive oil. Traditionally used in Moroccan cooking, preserved lemons are guaranteed to spice up any stew, tagine or salad, and make a unique gift for loved ones.

Prep time 10 minutes. Preserve for 2 to 4 weeks. Find out how to preserve your lemons here.

2) Thristmas chutney

Big up your cheese board this year with homemade Thristmas Chutney. A perfect combination of sweet and sour, this chutney will transform leftovers from ordinary to extraordinary. For that Christmassy taste, add some seasonal spices to onions, apples, sugar and red wine vinegar. Slather it on toast, serve it with leftover turkey or just gift it away. Old veg never looked so good.

Prep time 25 minutes. Eat straight away or store for up to two years. Full chutney recipe here. 

3) Khristmas kimchi

Ferment to your heart’s content. This staple Korean dish made from fermented vegetables, not only has endless probiotic health benefits, it makes an excellent addition to any dish. Pop it on a pizza, tip it on your tofu or even mix it into soups and stews. Grab some cabbage, salt, rice vinegar and a couple of other ingredients, and you’ve given that old cabbage a new lease of life!

Prep time 15 minutes. Ferment for two weeks. Find out how to make kimchi here.

4) Chilli jam

Don’t know what to do with all the chillies left in your fruit bowl after you only used one to heat up a dish? Spice up your next cheese board, meat platter or even hot chocolate with this fast-and-furious chilli jam. With an extra splash of vinegar, you can also use it as a dressing for your hottest yet salads and vegs.

Prep time 30 minutes. Makes 3 jars. Full chilli jam recipe here.

5) Chocolate and hazelnut spread

Chocolate lovers, this is for you! This super quick recipe is a blend made in heaven - think chocolate meeting hazelnut. Take your breakfast to the next level, or make jars of dark bounty for your loved ones. Ever thought of chocolate drizzle on your icecream? Yummy.

This recipe only takes a handful of ingredients, a food processor and 5 minutes of your time. Ready, steady, spread.

Prep time 10 minutes (30, if you have to roast the hazelnuts). Makes 1 jar. Full choccy spread recipe here. 

Thanks it's last year's.

Not sure what you're wearing to Christmas parties this year? In the UK 7 million of us are going to buy something new to wear out in December, yet 1 in 5 of us wont rewear an outfit to more than one party.

Want an outfit that feels great without the cost to your bank account or the environment? Join our sustainable fashion campaign and dig out old favourites or buy second hand, restyle, rewear and share instead of buying new this festive season. #ThanksItsLastYears