Feeling Festive: Reducing Marine Plastics this Christmas

Natural materials Christmas wreath © Lianne de Mello

As the festive season approaches, we look at some ways to lower the plastic waste we produce at this time of year.

For many of us, Christmas is a time of cheerful overindulgence. But while one too many mince pies can be worked off in the new year, the plastic waste we produce won't be going anywhere - except perhaps into our oceans.

Last year, one report predicted that 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging would be thrown away over the Christmas period. Show our Solent some love with these five tips to reduce your plastic waste this festive season:

  1. Deck the halls - skip buying new plastic decorations like baubles and tinsel. Sprigs of holly, garlands of ivy, pine cones, and twigs are perfect for adding bursts of colour and rustic textures.
  2. Spread the love - give gifts that will help your friends and family to reduce their plastic waste. Reusable coffee cups, metal straws, bamboo cutlery, and canvas shopping bags are all great choices.
  3. That's a wrap - cover presents with brown paper, newspaper, or spare fabric tied with twine or cloth ribbon. You'll feel retro, reduce waste, and help keep glitter (which is a microplastic) out of our oceans.
  4. Get out there - lose the packaging altogether by gifting your loved ones with experiences instead of presents. Our online shop has lots of exciting events and courses for inspiration.
  5. Hit the beach - once the gift giving is done, take a break with a walk in the fresh sea air. While out and about, you could do a mini beach clean to help keep our beautiful coast free from plastic litter.

Want to learn more?

Our marine environment is filled with amazing wildlife, but sadly is under increasing pressure from human activity. Learn more about this watery world, and how you can help protect it, with our project Secrets of the Solent.