Does being green at Christmas kill the magic?

& Ecirc; tre & eacute; colo & agrave; No & euml; l, & ccedil; has killed the magic?

It's no secret that Christmas is polluting. However, even if we know it, it is difficult to imagine celebrations without garlands of lights, without gifts or without meat pie. And if some people are tempted to change their habits, they are often discouraged for fear of play spoilsport. & nbsp;

The Art of Compromise & nbsp;

In reality, “nothing forces us to be radical and completely abandon the traditions that are close to our heart,” underlines Amélie Côté, source reduction analyst at Équiterre. According to her, every gesture counts. Before giving up all the holiday hoopla, we can start by consuming more local products, testing a veggie recipe or using real dishes rather than disposable dishes. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

A philosophy that Stéphanie Doucet-Champeau also shares. An environmental student, she quietly tries to convince her family to adopt more sustainable habits. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

“For Christmas, I try to offer zero waste gifts to encourage my loved ones to test it out, she says. Also, as I am a vegetarian, I offer meatless recipes. For example, a millet pie or veggie meatballs. ”& Nbsp;

Geneviève Faubert, also a follower of more responsible consumption, who manages the zero waste boutique La vie en vrac, is keen to ensure that Christmas does not lose its magical charm. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

“It is certain that at some point we wonder if we are going to spoil the magic of Christmas,” she admits. But, I made the decision that magic was going to take over radical zero waste. I don't wrap my gifts in old sheets for example, I prefer to choose a beautiful fabric with festive patterns. ”& Nbsp;

Reinventing the magic of Christmas & nbsp;

Like them, many Quebec families have adopted more eco-responsible habits in recent years. And while the celebrations take a little different form, the holiday magic remains intact. & Nbsp;

In any case, that is what Aline Gosselin testifies to. At home, the unwrapping of gifts has been replaced by a festive “auction”, an exchange of used items in good condition during which everyone must convince others that he or she deserves the gift. coveted item. “For me, Christmas is all about spending quality time with my family,” she explains. Last year we had a great time and laughed a lot. “& Nbsp;

Certain eco-friendly gestures are unlikely to spoil the party. On the contrary, they fit perfectly into the spirit of sharing, a theme specific to Christmas. To avoid sending GHGs into the air, Équiterre expert Amélie Côté suggests, for example, to try carpooling or sharing leftovers from Christmas dinner to avoid food waste. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

“We often forget to talk about food waste, but it has a particularly strong impact on the environment. So why not trade in the leftover logs? This way everyone benefits and the food doesn't end up in the trash. “& Nbsp;

7 ways to make Christmas more green


  • Buy local or second-hand gifts & nbsp; & nbsp ;
  • Diversify the menu to consume less meat
  • Prepare the meal according to the mouths to be fed (without making twice the number of guests) & nbsp;
  • Share or freeze leftovers
  • Wrap gifts in reusable materials
  • Carpool
  • Favor & nbsp; sustainable and local decorations
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