It is getting closer and closer to Christmas and according to a report from Tesco, 1 in 5 of us who are making Christmas dinner this year will be catering for non-meat eaters.  There has been a massive boom in plant based diets in recent years and in the WWF’s recent living planet report they name eating less meat and dairy as one of the best things we can do to reduce the impact of human related climate change so it’s a welcome change in habits.

If you are looking to reduce the amount of meat at your Christmas table, or want to try some other ways to make it more sustainable, have a read of our top tips.

1) The veggie option

1 in 5 of us might be rustling up something veggie or vegan for a non-meat eater at the table. There has been a massive boom in plant based diets in recent years. Reducing the amount of meat you eat at Christmas has huge environmental benefits and there is a whole spread of delicious alternatives. A few of our favourites include this delicious veggie cottage pie and warming lentil and coconut soup.

2) Go organic

If you are eating meat, organic is the best all-round certification you can find in supermarkets for animal welfare and environmental benefits. It means farmers can’t use as many pesticides and they have to meet high standards of looking after their animals.  It can be more expensive but if you have the budget it’s a great way to eat more sustainable meat. Buying a whole turkey rather than a crown also reduces the amount of meat that gets thrown away before it gets to the shelves. Organic also applies to your veggies, have a look and see if anywhere local to you sells organic. This video has more info on organic and is a great run-down of what the different certifications on meat mean

3) Reduce plastic

The battle against single use plastic has really taken off in 2018, Christmas is generally a time when a huge amount of single use plastic is used. There a loads of ways you can cut down but one really easy way is to try and buy food unpackaged. If you are buying loose veggies in the supermarket why not bring your own cloth bags to put them in!

4) Reduce food waste

People spend all year looking forward to a good Christmas dinner and all the treats that go with it so make sure you make the most of it and it doesn’t end up in the bin. Food waste causes 8% of current global warming and it wastes a huge amount of money. Watch the Food Waste Fairy share her top 3 #FoodSavvy tips to reduce food waste this Christmas.

Did you know...most food (even cooked turkey) can be frozen to save for another day and there are some delicious leftover recipes to try such as this soup and these delicious pasties. Unsure about what can be frozen? We’ve done some research to help debunk common freezer myths! Read our 5 facts about freezing and check out our vlog about how freezing can help you save up to £250 a year.

Are you looking to have a greener Christmas day? Let us know what you get up to! 

It's a weird but wonderful life

Yes, things might look a little different this year but #YouGotThis, and we've got plenty of alternative ways to keep the magic alive this season. We’ll help you save money, have fun and come together (even if we can’t be physically together). There has never been a better opportunity to try something different than this year. Check out our tips, recipes and activities below, embrace the possibilities to try something new this festive period.

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