Christmas doesn’t need to cost the Earth!

Christmas doesn’t need to cost the Earth!

Christmas doesn’t need to cost the Earth!

One of the hottest topics this year has been climate change. With many of the world’s leaders meeting at COP26 in Glasgow to discuss what can be done to reverse the damage done to our environment, we look at how we can all do our bit to make Christmas just that bit greener. 

Shopping locally makes a significant difference on reducing our carbon footprint. Think of the fewer miles you drive, then there’s the endless trips by the delivery drivers and when you add in the unwanted packaging, Christmas starts to feel very eco unfriendly. 

Many of our live love local traders are passionate about sustainability and are happy to help if you need a bit more guidance about the steps you can take.  

From package-free products to recyclable wrapping paper, there’s plenty of green goods available on our doorstep, so call in to have a chat with your local shopkeepers who can help you care more and waste less throughout the festive season and beyond. 

Bloom Florist has shops in both Stubbington and Fareham, and Helena is working hard to be environmentally responsible, switching to recycled and recyclable UK-produced packaging and removing all single-use plastics. Bloom always has stunning displays and is renowned for the best quality blooms as well as plants, Wilberry soft toys and hand-poured soy wax candles. 

For all your floral needs, check out Bloom Florist today:

Portchester’s eco-friendly fruit and veg shop Pickle & Pea in West Street is owned by Tasha James, who hopes to inspire people to make positive changes to the way they live. Selling fresh fruit and veg, Pickle & Pea also specialises in vegan, eco-friendly and minimum-waste products, selling many products like pasta and spices with no packaging.  

Check out Pickle & Pea:

Go green when it comes to both your Christmas presents and how you wrap them this year. Lulu Loves Home in Stubbington has a range of luxury recycled gift wrapbags, and tags, as well as gifts including recycled wooden traysscarves, and cushions. 

For more gorgeous wrapping paper, check them out:

Zero waste and refill store All Good Things in Fareham’s West Street is an eco-friendly shop selling a wide range of products from packaging-free spices, vegan sweets, and dairy-free chocolate to environmentally friendly washing-up liquid. The shop has packaging-free and zero waste alternatives for shampoo, shower gel, detergents, as well as pantry staples. 

For more zero-waste alternatives, check out All Good Things today:

Always Plastic Free in Warsash aims to raise awareness of how much plastic we use and how we can cut down on single use plastics. You’ll find a huge range of goods, including beautiful Christmas decorations, clothing and accessories, jewellery, refills, pre-loved, vegan, health and beauty products, stationery and craft kits.  

Check them out: