Dreaming of a Green

sustainable guide to the festive season

Greenpeace Guide to the festive season

If you’ve been dreaming of a green Christmas, here are 25 ways to celebrate more sustainably.

Christmas Carols
22 Dec 6pm

Christmas carols around the fire in the beautiful Woodland Hall at the Sustainability Centre. The Southdowns-Burials team will host a candlelit walk.


The Sustainability Centre bring you tips to inspire everyone to have a waste-free and more environmentally friendly Christmas.

Alternative Christmas Cracker Kit

The Sustainability Centre have come up with a downloadable Alternative Christmas Cracker Kit.

Cards for Good Causes

Petersfield proudly supports a range of charities at its pop-up Cards for Good Causes shop. Alternatively go to dontsendmeacard.com to donate the cost of cards and stamps! It's easier, and helps your choice of charity.

Eco ChristmasTree

The Sustainability Centre shares its tree-related eco-tips!

Material Wrapping

Maybe consider purchasing material wrap in place of paper, which you can simply wash and re-use again and again! Packs available at Eco-Squirrel at the Sustainability Centre.


Find out about drop-off points in your area, where your old tree will be recycled into chippings for local parks and woodland areas. Alternatively, take it to your local dump where you can add it to the other green waste or chop it up and stack the wood in your garden to create a habitat for birds and bugs.

Local Produce

Shop at local organic, farm shops and markets to help support the local economy. By supporting local food producers and independent businesses you're not only supporting small rural shops, you will also be buying fresher, seasonal and more sustainably!

Switch to LED

If every UK household swapped a string of incandescent lights for its LED equivalent, we could save more than £11 million and 29,000 tonnes of CO2, just over the 12 days of Christmas. When it comes to eco-friendly Christmas decorations, LEDs are far better than traditional twinkling incandescent lights, because they use up to 80% less energy. Switch to solar-powered lights outdoors, and put both sets on a timer. You'll not only make environmental savings but your energy bills will be reduced too.


The World Wildlife Fund's Top Tips for a Sustainable Christmas.

Keep it Simple

Remember the real meaning of Christmas. It's not all about what's under the tree so much as who's round it.

Sustainable Shopping

The Sustainabiliy Centre's eco-shop only sell ethically made items, supporting local artists and makers. Christmas Cards and reusable wraps are also available.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Petersfield is full of second hand, charity shops and antique furniture stores. Make-Do-And-Mend, Shabby Chic and Rustic Charm are all making a big comeback as they save items from landfill.

Handmade Gifts

Consider making your own personalised gifts this year. There are hundreds of ideas online such as Pinterest. In addition to their traditional crafts using natural materials and festive tales around the campfire, Butser Ancient Farm shop sell hand-turned wood and local mead!

Tetra pak's

If you are drinking dairy milk alternatives then it might be useful to know that the Petersfield Tesco, Causeway has a recycling point for Tetra Paks.

Plastic FREE

Petersfield are fortunate to have not just one, but two refill shops. Based on the theory that it is possible to live life with less plastic REFILL & REPLENISH, High Street and JUNIPER SUSTAINABLE GOODS & REFILLERY are ready and waiting to fill your receptacles with goodies and treats for the festive season.

Hampshire Farmers' Markets

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets brings fabulous produce to seven towns and cities across the county each and every month. Showcasing the best of what Hampshire has to offer, all of our stallholders are the producers; small businesses based in rural areas growing and rearing their own to bring to customers. Here's their article on Christmas Feasting.


Petersfield has its very own Climate Action Network on hand with help and advice.

Take a look at their Christmas newsletter...

Doorstep Carols

Shine Radio - Petersfield's Community Radio - brings carols singing to the doorsteps of Petersfield residents.

New Year's Resolutions

Whether you want to get out into the countryside more or start growing your own fruit and veg, Petersfield has a number of local groups that will help guide you. Petersfield Ramblers, Walking for Health and Petersfield Community Garden are but a few!

Free Shop Friday

Petersfield Free Shop Friday based in the old packing office at Petersfield Station are promoting a number of schemes for a greener Christmas from recycling gifts to sharing surplus food from the supermarkets on Christmas Eve.

No changes to bin collections this christmas

Norse South East on behalf of East Hampshire District Council, will be collecting your rubbish and recycling on your usual collection days during the Christmas holidays.

Greetings Cards & Stamps

Quite often there are places to take your cards AND stamps after Christmas. Jakes Toys on Chapel Street, Petersfield - are collecting Christmas card (fronts only please) - to recycle into gift cards.

Unwanted Gifts?

What if someone gives you something you don't want? PeCAN are teaming up with Winton House to organise a present exchange. Bring unwanted GIFTS (not charity shop goods) to Winton House, High Street in the first half of Jan and get a token in exchange. Then on Sat 15 Jan, between 9.30-12noon come back to Winton House and select an exchange gift.

Drop off unwanted gifts:

Every weekday from Tuesday 4th January to Friday 14th January, between 9.30am – 3.30pm

Choose a replacement gift:

Saturday 15th January between 9.30am – 12noon

Alternatively, you can donate your token so that someone else in the community can choose a present.  Anything left over will be used to benefit HomeStart Butser, Age Concern, or the Rosemary Foundation.

we would love to hear your ideas!

Email the Petersfield Town Council Officer for Climate Emergency on climate@petersfield-tc.gov.uk.

Watch this space for more in 2022!

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