Our 7 Step Guide to a More Sustainable Christmas

NINETY PERCENT'S

7 STEP GUIDE

TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS

We’ve compiled seven ways to shop, decorate and celebrate a little more planet-friendly this festive season.

1
This Christmas, shop slow and shop better

Panic purchases only make for unwanted gifts. Swap consumerism for consideration and choose wear-again gifts your loved ones can make last. Choose to make small, easy changes to your usual traditions and remember what Christmas is really all about.

2
The gifts that keep on giving

Short-lived, fast-fashion pieces are for the festive season, not for life. Gift clothing that feels special but has multi-wear potential. Think cosy Merino wool jumpers, 100% organic cotton tracksuits and chunky, colourful knits.

3
Gift-wrapping, the good-for-the-planet way

It’s definitely not new news that wrapping paper (and all the stuff that comes with it) is unnecessary waste as far as the planet is concerned. Here’s how to wrap better:

- Reuse and recycle. Save paper, ribbons and packaging from recent purchases, birthday presents and last year’s Christmas gifts, iron them out and use again.

- Use nature. Dry out slices of orange, take a few clippings of holly or fir tree and use to garnish your gifts.

- Swap paper for fabric. A few simple stitches can turn some squares of fabric into a reusable pouch for now and the upcoming year.

- Make your cards multipurpose. Take last year’s Christmas cards, cut out any blank space and fold to make upcycled labels.

- Go old school. Wrap your gifts in sheets of newspaper or the pages of magazines. A piece of (reused) ribbon will quickly elevate them.

4
Staying in is the new going out

“Sorry, I’m staying in” are four of the most satisfying words to say during festive season. But even if your weekend plans are more sitting on the sofa than sinking cocktails, there’s no need to sacrifice your style. Ninety Percent loungewear is here to make even the laziest of days look good (and feel even better). Choose an organic cotton-velour hoodie or cosy, wide-leg trousers.

5
One look, endless nights

Gift yourself early and invest in one (amazing) dress that’ll see you through the whole of the festive season. Choose a simple slip dress in luxe velour, form-fitting jersey or a long-sleeved style in a bold colour to take you from the office to those inevitable post-work drinks.

6
Christmas tree shopping, sustainably

Chopping down trees for your own personal enjoyment is (obviously) not ideal, but neither is going without a Christmas tree. Here’s some alternate solutions:

- Go second hand. Whilst we’re not encouraging buying new artificial trees, there are loads of pre-loved ones out there on sites like Gumtree and Freecycle and in charity shops.

- Rent one. Yes, you can now rent a Christmas Tree. They’re delivered with a ‘root ball’ which means they can be replanted back into the ground post- Christmas.

- Buy one, grow one. Patch Plants grow their trees in the UK rather than shipping them in and ensure they plant at least one for every one that is chopped down..

7
Gift the planet (go vegetarian for Christmas)

Regular Christmas plates are piled high with meat but going vegetarian for at least one meal is a help to reduce environmental impact. Melissa Hemsley’s Hasselback Butternut Squash is one of our favourite festive meat alternatives...

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Gift the planet (go vegetarian for Christmas)

Regular Christmas plates are piled high with meat but going vegetarian for at least one meal is a help to reduce environmental impact. Melissa Hemsley’s Hasselback Butternut Squash is one of our favourite festive meat alternatives...

Recipe
  • 1 large squash, about 1.5kg
  • 1 large orange sliced into 6 – 8 rounds
  • 8 cloves of garlic (1 bulb), smashed/bashed open but still in their skins 8 bay leaves (I used fresh as I have a plant)
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs ghee/coconut oil
  • Sea salt & pepper
Method

- Preheat the oven to 220C and carefully slice the squash in half lengthwise. Be sure to use a sharp knife.

- Scoop out the seeds, discard then peel the squash and discard the peel.

- Roast the two halves, cut side down in a large roasting tray (use 2 medium if you don’t have a very large one) and cook for 25 minutes.

- Take each half onto a chopping board and slice all the way along the squash without slicing all the way through then put back on the roasting tray and scatter around the orange rounds, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and rub ghee/coconut oil on the squash and a good amount of sea salt & pepper.

- Roast for 15 minutes then add 1⁄2 a mug of water to the base of the pan and roast for another 15 minutes. Use a serving spoon to scoop any juices over the squash, along with the maple syrup and pecans for the last 20 minutes until the squash is tender.

Recipe
  • 1 large squash, about 1.5kg
  • 1 large orange sliced into 6 – 8 rounds
  • 8 cloves of garlic (1 bulb), smashed/bashed open but still in their skins 8 bay leaves (I used fresh as have a plant)
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs ghee/coconut oil
  • Sea salt & pepper
Method

- Preheat the oven to 220C and carefully slice the squash in half lengthwise. Be sure to use a sharp knife.

- Scoop out the seeds, discard then peel the squash and discard the peel.

- Roast the two halves, cut side down in a large roasting tray (use 2 medium if you don’t have a very large one) and cook for 25 minutes.

- Take each half onto a chopping board and slice all the way along the squash without slicing all the way through then put back on the roasting tray and scatter around the orange rounds, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and rub ghee/coconut oil on the squash and a good amount of sea salt & pepper.

- Roast for 15 minutes then add 1⁄2 a mug of water to the base of the pan and roast for another 15 minutes. Use a serving spoon to scoop any juices over the squash, along with the maple syrup and pecans for the last 20 minutes until the squash is tender.