Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for days out in the Peak District.
Christmas Green Fact
Can you believe Christmas in the UK can generate as much as 1 billion Christmas cards, 83 sq km of wrapping paper, an extra 750 million bottles and glass containers, an extra 500 million drinks cans and half a million Christmas trees - most of this ends up as waste in landfill.
Every little helps, so why not make a difference by following our
Hoe Grange top ten tips for a greener Christmas
Make your own cards and decorations – rekindle childhood by making paper chains. Or even better send e-cards for Christmas, so you don’t need paper at all.
Think before you wrap presents – buy goods with less packaging and re use wrapping paper. Or use recycled wrapping paper to keep up demand for recycled goods.
If you buy electrical goods, look for models that run off mains electricity and if you do buy batteries – buy rechargeable.
Buy a rooted Christmas tree, plant it out in the garden after Christmas and re-use it each year. Its fun to track its growth over the years. Artificial trees can be used many times but eventually have to be disposed of and are difficult to recycle, as they are made of a number of different materials.
Source your Christmas dinner from local farmers and producers to reduce food miles. Even better, purchase ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY MARK foods, to enhance the Peak District environment see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm for a list of award holders.
Why not buy ‘Experience Gifts’ to cut down on packaging? Some great ideas are theatre or cinema tickets, a meal in a Peak District pub or restaurant, or membership to a favourite charity. You can even buy a goat, plant some trees or train a teacher in a developing country! (see www.presentaid.org or www.oxfamunwrapped.com)
After the Festive Season is over recycle all you can. Contact Wastewatch to find out what different materials can be recycled or composted locally. www.recyclenow.com has a brilliant map – enter your postcode and it shows you where the local recycling facilities are! You can take cards and wrapping paper to TK Maxx and M&S stores during January. The Woodland Trust will be placing containers at most stores (see www.woodland-trust.org.uk)
Buy handmade local gifts from markets and craft centres. Or keep an eye out for recycled, fair trade, energy efficient or eco-friendly gifts. Try www.recyclenow.com or Natural Collection
Take any unwanted presents or toys to a local charity shop – shops often have campaigns around Christmas time.
If you’re having a party avoid using disposable items such as paper plates, plastic cutlery and cups.
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