Switch to reusable Christmas crackers, to cut down on plastic waste. Conventional brands are mostly sent from China, packed with plastic (the wrapping, party hats with foil and plastic toys). Each year, so many are discarded the week after Christmas, that some councils want them banned as it fills up their landfills. And as plastic does not biodegrade, the waste gives off methane gas. Also see Christmas without the consumerism and how to keep pets safe at Christmas.
Why not give up disposables, and use reusable crackers instead, made by artisans? Most are made by wrapping fabric around a cardboard tube. And there’s no gunpowder, so pets and babies are happy. Just pull the cracker, and say ‘Bang! yourself. Most come empty to fill with zero waste gifts like vouchers (don’t fill with choking hazards like crayons near pets or children, and don’t ‘donate ribbon to garden creatures – it can choke and harm – just compost if biodegradable).
- Kate Sproston’s Woodland Crackers use natural linen (with satin thread embroidery) to wrap around cardboard tubes. After use, unroll and use as place-makers for the Christmas table. Her Scandi reusable Crackers (above) are in natural linen or ivory cotton.
- 2 Green Monkeys offers crackers fabric crackers in pretty bright colours. Choose from several colours, or buy the mixed set.
- Keep This Cracker contain ribbon yarn made from recycled plastic bottles. Sold flat-packed, just pop into shape, fill with gifts, then pop (they don’t tear) using the ecosnap® . To reuse, feed a fresh ‘snap’ in the slots at both ends.
- Annie Morris offers luxury handmade cotton Christmas crackers, tied with satin ribbons. The set includes 6 crackers, sent in branded Kraft boxes.