Our total consumption and spending on food, travel, lighting and gifts over three days of Christmas festivities could result in as much as 650 kg of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) per person – equivalent to the weight of 1,000 Christmas puddings! This is 5.5% of our total annual carbon footprint.

However, we can still have a good Christmas and be kind to the planet. There are a number of actions we can all take which can reduce our CO2 emissions by over 60% to 250 kg. This is equivalent to a saving in weight of 615 Christmas puddings.

This article gives you ideas for reducing the environmental impact of your food, travel, lighting and gifts over the Christmas period. In this time of seasonal goodwill, we should all spare a thought for the planet.