As we all strive to reduce our impact on the planet, ensuring our Christmas decorations are sustainable and eco-friendly can go a long way. The holiday season produces a lot of non-biodegradable waste, from glitter to plastic toys, so being more aware of our choices can have a positive impact.
Some great alternatives to plastic decorations include wood, felt, ceramic, and plant-based materials, among others. There’s a whole world of sustainably sourced Christmas ornaments out there, and you always have the option to buy the materials and make your own!
We’ve found our favorite festive decorations that are wonderful for the home and for the planet.
The best eco-friendly Christmas decorations for 2022
Wooden Christmas ornaments
Unfinished wooden Christmas ornaments are a great way to bring the family together when decorating. It’s a blank canvas that kids and adults can paint and customize, and the creations made can last in the family for years.
Circulating creativity around the house can help children cultivate their craft and DIY skills. You can draw, write and doodle on both sides of these polished, laser-cut wooden ornaments. Plus, if you’re an artist or crafter, you can use them to make a thoughtful Christmas gift.
Personalized Reusable Christmas Tabletop Gift Bag
To really personalize the gifts at the Christmas dinner table, these reusable gift bags can be personalized to have each person’s name on them. The bags can be reused year after year and you can choose between four colors for printing. Each bag also comes with a paper hat.
Rosie the Robin
This needle felted robin resting on a holly branch would make an adorable addition to your home’s Christmas decorations. It is handmade in Nepal using traditional needle and wet felting techniques.
Alternative Oak Christmas Tree
If you are looking for a Christmas tree that is a little different from the traditional ones, this oak tree from Not On The High Street is a perfect alternative. The wooden arms can rotate, allowing you to choose the shape of the tree, and they’re perfect for hanging decorations.
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Woodland Christmas Tree Decorations
To add a bit of nature to your Christmas decor, these colorful hanging decorations feature festive illustrations of four woodland creatures. They are made from sustainably sourced wood and each topper measures approximately 8cm in diameter.
Magic food for reindeer
Glitter is one of the easiest ways to add a sparkly touch to your Christmas decorations, but it’s also one of the most harmful to the planet. Filled with microplastics and non-biodegradable pigments, they can be dangerous for the environment and our ecosystems.
These Christmas glitters are a safe alternative, made from colored oatmeal and biodegradable, plant-based glitter. Magical reindeer food can be great to use as a sparkly display, and it’s a fun activity for kids to leave out for the reindeer before Christmas morning.
pair of holly
Adorning your home with holly is a beautifully natural way to celebrate. These trees, in their copper effect planters, will continue to grow year after year with the bright red berries.
Property at Night Traditional Advent Calendar
The traditional aesthetic of this National Trust Advent Calendar creates a feeling of festive nostalgia, where each window opens to display a small Christmas illustration. The setting is reminiscent of Cliveden House in Berkshire, with each window displaying a different festive image.
Ceramic Robin Christmas Ornament
Perfect for hanging on the tree or around the house, this ceramic robin decoration is wonderfully simple. It hangs with a jute rope, along with a pair of robins and foliage.
Victorian Christmas Eco Soy Candle
Handcrafted from 100% compostable plant materials, these festive candles are non-toxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly. The spicy scent features ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and other spices, in a Christmas red glass holder.
Holly and mistletoe bee wreath
Handmade in Nepal using needle and wet felting techniques, this wreath features a festive bee surrounded by holly and mistletoe. Perfectly cute and Christmas.
Still looking for more sustainable alternatives? We have guides to the best sustainable clothing brands, sustainable dishwasher tablets and sustainable, recycled toilet paper.