Have a merry sustainable Christmas – Part II

Have a merry sustainable Christmas – Part II

Ho, ho, ho – the festive season is upon us! It is the merriest time of the year … but probably also the most unsustainable. πŸŽ„β™»οΈ πŸ’š Food waste is a big problem during this time of the year but with Grandma Sita’s easy tips you will be able to reduce your own foot (or food πŸ€“) print. We certainly don’t want to rain on your parade and dull the sparkle of Christmas, so instead, we would like to share Grandma Sita’s best tips for a greener holiday season.

1 Plan your Christmas dinner

Planning is key for any dinner and especially for the holidays as we tend to go a little overboard – it is the naughty season after all. To avoid food waste, plan ahead. How many meals for how many people will you need to cook? Having an overview of what you actually need to buy, will help you to avoid falling for unnecessary deals. After all, two-for-one offers and the like won’t save you any money if you cannot eat the extra food. Another tip is to buy loose food as you can purchase exactly the amount you need.

A festive plant-based salad will look great on your Christmas dinner table.

2 Have a plant-based Christmas dinner

Plant-based is anything but boring. In fact, plant-based dishes are often more exciting and complex than those including meat as you really need to ramp up your seasoning skills to make a batch of vegetables taste mouthwatering and delicious. An entire plant-based dinner is too big of a step? Replace one course with a meat-/fishless alternative.

If you need inspiration for what to cook, go check out Grandma Sita’s plant-based recipes. We especially recommend trying this red cabbage and lentil salad with pomegranate seeds. With hues of red and purple, it fits perfectly on any Christmas dinner table.

3 Use leftovers for baking

Next time you roll out the cookie dough, check your fridge and shelves for almost-empty jars of jam or chocolate spread. They are the ultimate glue to build stacks of cookies – twice the size, twice the joy. Got any leftover Christmas chocolate? Fantastic, use it to glaze your cookies. Check Grandma Sita’s vegan Christmas cookie recipe to learn how to make use of your leftovers.

Bonus tip: Instead of baking/parchment paper, use a durable alternative like a silicone baking sheet. Not only will you create less waste, but bleached types of parchment paper also contain chemicals like chlorine and dioxin. These toxins are potentially dangerous to your body and can cause a variety of health issues.

Christmas cookies with chocolate, icing, and sprinkles
Christmas plant-based cookies with leftover jam and chocolate.

4 Turn your Christmas candy into a rocky road

Chances are that you will end up with more Christmas candy than you can eat – fudge, candy canes, cookie pieces, brunkager, gingerbread, wine gums, you name it. Instead of tossing the leftovers in the bin, “upcycle” them and turn them into a new treat: rocky road.

All you need to add is chocolate and, if you like, some nuts or dried fruit. Chop the leftover candy (and whatever else you would like to add) into pieces and put them into a rectangle tin lined with baking paper or baking sheets. Melt the chocolate in a water bath and pour it over the candy so that it’s covered. Make sure it’s a coherent mass that sticks together. Put the tin in the fridge to harden before you cut the rocky road into bite-sized pieces.

5 Have your family and friends bring containers

Although meal planning will prevent a lot of food from being wasted, there will surely be leftovers at the end of the (holi)day(s). Ask your family and friends to bring food containers so that they can take leftovers home. They will certainly be more than happy to help you demolish the remnants of your Christmas feast.

Ask your family and friends to bring food containers so that they can take leftovers home.

♻️ Every little action makes a difference

There are many actions you can take to reduce food waste before, during, and after Christmas, and every single one counts. Let us know if Grandma Sita could inspire you with her suggestions or if you have a tip yourself by tagging Grandma Sita in your posts and stories @grandmasitadenmark.

And now off you go and…

  • plan your meals for the holidays
  • have a plant-based Christmas/New Year’s Eve dinner
  • use leftover jam and chocolate for baking
  • turn leftover candy into rocky road
  • have friends and family bring food containers

For more tips & tricks for a more sustainable festive season, read about Grandma Sita’s advice on wrapping presents, homemade gifts, and Christmas tree alternatives.

πŸ“· & πŸ–‹οΈ Words by @theroadbeneathmyfeet


Food waste is a huge problem over Christmas festive period. In Europe alone, around 88 million tonnes of food waste is produced every year. And in the EU, its households are responsible for more than half of the total food waste. (Source: Euronews)

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