Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Do I Have a Greener Family Festive Season?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How Do I Have a Greener Family Festive Season?

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Q. I PLAN to have a "greener" family Christmas this year but I'm not sure where to start. Any ideas?

A. THIS week's expert advice comes from WWF: www.wwf.org.uk

The various ingredients of an average Christmas lunch may have travelled a total of 38,000km by the time they get to your plate.

So this year why not have a fresh, locally produced, traditional Christmas lunch that is good for the environment and good for the local economy?

1. Buy local, seasonal, winter vegetables - these include sprouts, carrots, cabbages, leeks, onions, parsnips, turnips, potatoes and nuts, such as walnuts and chestnuts. Support your local organic farmer and farmers' market.

2. Look for traditional breeds of sheep, beef or poultry, raised naturally and locally. Ask your butcher where the meat comes from. If you choose a turkey, go for a free-range organic one or try a natural alternative, like venison.

3. If you can't buy local, choose Fairtrade organic fruit, nuts and chocolate. …

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