A merry and green Christmas!
Some ideas characterised by awareness and respect for the environment
Christmas is a special time; intense and enjoyable days spent together with those we love. It too often happens, however, that preparing for these holidays is more stressful than expected and we don’t allow ourselves to fully enjoy the magic of the festivities. With looking for the perfect gifts and the frenzy of organising unforgettable parties, we can sometimes fail to reflect on the impact of our actions on the environment. This is why we have come up with some tips on how to make our Christmas more serene, sustainable and ecological. Let’s approach these days as a way to respect nature, while obviously making our home unique and special. Are you ready to give your creativity free reign? Let’s give space to our imagination and have fun decorating our home in an original way.
Let’s start with the tree!
The decorated tree is the absolute star of Christmas; there is one in almost every home, large or small, bringing cheer to it and all its occupants. To be truly sustainable, we should decorate a Christmas tree which we already have, or find other alternative and ecological solutions: there are artificial trees for sale made with green materials such as cardboard or you can decorate the plants you already have in the home, on the terrace or in the garden … all you need is a string of coloured lights and some original Christmas balls and you’re done. If you love being creative, you can consider making a do-it-yourself tree using recovered or recycled materials, such as cans, cartons or glass bottles. Some original ideas can be obtained with corks, old books or egg boxes: so, leave room for imagination or visit Pinterest to find the solution you like best.
Lighting without waste
Coloured lights are also a must for many families for decorating all the rooms. Again, in this case, we can find a more ecological solution and use, for example, LED lights, which consume much less and guarantee a saving of up to 40% on energy costs. Alternatively, if you want a really wow! effect, you can use candles. There are many different lanterns of a thousand colours and scents; you can position them strategically in the home to illuminate the most beautiful corners and create fascinating super- welcoming spaces. Don’t forget, however, to choose beeswax candles, which are authentically eco-sustainable.
New truly green decorations
Christmas decorations can be another important way to make our Christmas authentically sustainable. Here then we can give free rein to our imagination, creating decorations with natural materials, which not only have a lesser impact on the environment, but immediately create an intimate and welcoming atmosphere in the home. Pine cones, fir twigs, nuts, apples and oranges are perfect for creating compositions to hang on the tree and if you’re not particularly practical, you can watch tutorials on YouTube. If, on the other hand, you love street markets, you can look for vintage decorations, which besides making our trees unique, allow us to recycle decorations that have made other children happy in the past!
Really precious gifts
With sustainable Christmas gifts, not only will you make the recipient happier, you will also protect the environment. Homemade gifts like delicious biscuits, jams or paintings are an excellent idea. Or, you can give the most precious gift of all: spending time together, involving, such as, for example, a voucher for a day of relaxation or an activity or tickets for a concert. In this way, you will share precious and unforgettable moments together. Another idea is that of making a donation in the name of the person receiving the gift. It could be, for example, the adoption of an animal in the nearest zoo or a donation to a particularly important charity for the recipient. In this way, you can turn your gift into a kind gesture.
Packaging at Christmas can also be strictly green
It’s great to give presents to those we love, but let’s remember that it’s essential today more than ever not to create waste. This reflection must absolutely apply to parcels. We can give you some ideas for wrapping which allow you to also be very creative. For example, we can use a beautiful fabric instead of paper or we can choose newspapers, cartons, or also fabric bags to be reused for when we do the shopping. If you want to use paper, it’s best to choose brown cellulose wrapping paper, which is more easily recyclable and is often already recycled. All you need is a string for the bow, and a sustainable, chic and minimal Christmas present is ready!
Loving nature, investing in the future
Coem firmly believes in the principles of sustainability, values that concretely characterise its growth plan with a view to environmental and social respect. The company is committed to adopting the best management procedures and the best technologies in order to be increasingly innovative and sustainable, focusing attention on people and the environment. This commitment is concretely implemented through the company’s integrated policy which is well documented in the sustainability report. It’s a fundamental document that encapsulates the company’s vision and objectives achieved year after year. Coem has responsibly adopted, for some time, a solid environmental and social management system; since 2022, moreover, its products are independently certified by as being compliant with the ISO 17889-1 standard on the sustainability of ceramic tiles, a standard that evaluates the environmental, economic and social impact of this type of product. The certification is based on an evaluation system based on 38 indicators, 15 of which are mandatory to establish the minimum requirements that a tile must have to be defined as sustainable. This is only one example of how Coem puts the community, its workers, suppliers and, obviously, customers, at the centre of its action plan, proposing a development model based on beauty, technological innovation and respect for the environment.
Read the 2022 sustainability report on coem.it and discover how it’s possible to make a real difference to build a more sustainable future.
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