Tips for a greener and more sustainable Christmas

With the festive period officially kicking off here are a couple of tips to make your Christmas greener, cleaner and more sustainable.

Eco Gifts

Your local NCBI store is a brilliant place to not only find beautiful clothes, but books, ornaments, and jewellery, perfect preloved gifts for a special someone. This year NCBI will also sell Christmas cards with all proceeds going to fund NCBI services for those living with sight loss.

Didn’t find what you are looking for in your local charity store fear not, pop to one of Irelands many Christmas markets happening this year, supporting local designers, makers and crafters. Our friends over at Native Events are hosting a “Sustainable Christmas Market” in D light Studios and we are so proud to be partnering with them, providing the market with cups and mugs eliminating the need for single use and unnecessary waste.

Christmas Tree and Decorations

Did you know our NCBI charity stores stock some pre-loved Christmas trees and decorations but hurry only while stocks last. Alternatively, get creative and make your own. Our friends over at the Rediscovery Centre host a range of Christmas wreaths and decoration workshops made from reuse and waste materials. Can’t attend a workshop get creative at home, we love Pinterest as a source for inspiration.

Stylish and Sustainable for your Christmas Party

Heading to your Christmas party over the next few weeks, NCBI is stocked to the brim with party outfits galore. Be sure to share how fabulous you look by tagging NCBI across all your social media channels.

Green Christmas Wrapping

Did you know a lot of Christmas paper currently on the market cannot be recycled due to foil, plastic lining and glitter decoration. If you are purchasing new wrapping paper do check for the recycling symbol. Have you considered alternatives such as newspaper, magazines and the paper bags you collect from your shopping can be turned inside out and personalised. Brown tape is a great alternative to Sellotape.


The average household in Ireland wastes on average €700- €1000 per year. Christmas being peak time for food waste. So, when embarking on your Christmas food shop its always good to make time to plan your meals, make a list and purchase the things you really need. We love for great tips on how to reduce food waste all year round and don’t forget to use your brown bin to dispose of any food waste.


If you need to purchase new lights this year choose LED lights to save on energy and your bills! Wanting to reduce your household carbon footprint, perhaps in the New Year switch to an energy provider that uses renewable energy.


Another way to reduce your carbon footprint over Christmas is by travelling less. If you are travelling can you car pool, take public transport or travelling long distance commute by train or boat? If you do have to fly we recommend carbon offsetting your flight. Whilst it is not the answer, many carbon offset organisations are doing amazing work in the fight against the climate crisis.

Unwanted gifts?

NCBI stores are open over the Christmas holidays accepting unwanted gifts and any donations you may wish to drop in, do check your local store opening hours here.




#ncbisustainable By

Carrie Ann Moran

Sustainability Manager

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