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Have A More Eco Christmas With These Swaps

We know its only October, but we can’t help thinking about Christmas, especially as 2020 has been such a rollercoaster. The magic of Christmas can often overshadow worries about sustainability, so we have curated a list of fantastic sustainable versions of our favourite festive accessories.

Lynda creates beautiful handmade gift bags ideal for any occasion, but we love the idea of gifting something special in a fabric gift bag this Christmas. Just imagine these sitting under your tree or at the end of your bed waiting for Santa!

Mid size drawstring gift bags with christmas tree print, green or white bag with green, red or white trim

A regular gift at Christmas time is a bottle of someone’s favourite tipple, make it more special by gifting it in a beautiful reusable fabric bottle bag, or arrive at your Christmas meal in style by bringing your host a bottle of wine in one of these bags. Bottle bags make a much more thoughtful wrap which will be used again and again.

three fabric drawstring bottle bags, green with trees, white with robins and red with reindeer silhouette

Happy Wrap offer a fab range of wrapping options, with 100% recycled paper wrap printed with vegetable inks which are fully recyclable as well as reusable organic cotton wraps for which they provide how-to videos on their website.

selection of wrapping paper sheets with their recycle info in corner. silver grey, kraft brown and red and white reindeer bauble print

Christmas cards can often feel wasteful to those passionate about the environment. 1 Tree Cards offer a fantastic alternative by producing beautiful cards on recycled card with vegan inks and are a plastic free company. As well as this, for every card purchased, one tree is planted which we think is the most beautiful gift this Christmas.

4 christmas cards, painting style animals faces zoomed into the "camera" with snowy tree scene behind. Animals are dog, owl, rabbit and squirrel

Purple Clover Crafts create stunning cards and crackers which come with seed bombs. The Beeco crackers contain wildflower seed bombs, a bee joke, Christmas hat and a snap!

kraft brown card christmas cracker with folds rather than round, bee stamped in middle and tied with string. sits next to yellow honeycomb shape seed bomb and yellow bee stamped Christmas hat.

We all love Christmas crackers, but the supermarket versions are so environmentally unfriendly. One solution is to make your own. We love the way Craft Corner Shop have created gorgeous reusable fabric hats which are so much more desirable than the disposable paper version. We would wear these all day!

green fabric cracker crown with white lining and white snowflake pattern

If you are looking for decorations this year, but want something a little different and much more attractive, how about some macramé hangings? Your tree, mantlepiece or wall would love these gorgeously organic and festive decorations, but they would also make a fabulous gift for a special friend or loved one.

Small off white macrame hanging on a rod of wood hanging from a Christmas tree

Another fantastic option for decorations this year, we love the star garland. Simple and elegant and available in a wide range of colours, this garland would look fantastic in any home, offering a classy touch of Christmas wherever it hangs.

string of origami stars against a black background. one string is gold stars and one is green. pretty metallic card

If you are looking for a gift for that person you can never buy for, how about a personalised hamper? The Popup Poetry Shop offers a wide range of hampers including a vegan, eco friendly and men’s options. What’s more, you can also include some awesome poetry for a really special gift.

a cardboard hamper containing a bag of sweets, dinosaur drawing, avocado keyring, and some other goodies

Sophie creates beautiful seasonal wreaths using foraged flowers and foliage from her surroundings in Dorset. Each wreath is handmade on a 12-inch wire frame and can be customised to your request or sent as a gift with a card. A natural and beautiful version of a shop bought wreath, taking Christmas décor back to its origins.

a wreath made from foraged foliage including lots of greenery and purple flowers, hanging on a black door.

If you have been inspired by these Christmas eco swaps, make sure to tag us in your pictures at @esperanzaretail or if you have seen a Christmas swap we should be shouting about, send us an email at