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12 Green Days of Xmas

At this time of year it's all about indulging yourself, buying new things and splashing out. But as January looms so do the New Years Resolutions and the guilt. BBC Cornwall looks at how you can have an more environmentally friendly Christmas.

On Boxing Day you'll probably regret the 17 different types of vegetables you served with Christmas dinner and then threw in the bin and you'll most probably still be wrestling with a pile of discarded wrapping paper the size of Brown Willy.

So BBC Cornwall has asked some of Cornwall's "Green Experts" how to have an environmentally friendly Christmas...

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a free range partridge or local poultry.

John a turkey farmer at St Breward says "We believe that you should buy local turkey because you save food miles, you can trace where they get their food from, they're usually welfare friendly and because they come from small flocks."

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love sent to me, two email cards.

Leeroy Chandler from Sita says "This year try using 100% recycled Christmas cards or those from sustainable forests. Better still send an email card or share one from the whole workplace."

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On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love sent to me three smoke free candles.

Bee keeper Carol Dewas advises "Burn traditional beeswax candles because they are better for the environment. As the wax is made from bees from natures resources they are truly sustainable."

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love sent to me four compost bins.

Esther O'Bearagh from the County Council reckons this Christmas you should only buy the food you need. If you have food left over like vegetable peelings you can compost them. You can ever compost any leftover holly.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love sent to me five wooden rings.

Russell Geeke from St Blazey chose to have wooden rings when he got married. He says the process extracting gold isn't environmentally friendly and if people are buying jewellery this Christmas they should find alternatives like wood.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love sent to me six local fruitcakes.

Mary is a baker from Cornwall. She says people should buy local cakes because it cuts down on food miles. Her company bakes cakes in sustainable wood boxes that people can reuse.

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love sent to me seven green gadgets.

Julia Tibbett from the Community Energy Plus Advise Centre in Tolvadden says if you're stuck for Christmas present get reusable light bulbs. It will save friends and relatives £10 a year on their bills.

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On the 8th day of Christmas my true love sent to me eight present's wrapping.

Leeroy Chandler at Sita believes you should use newspaper or comics to wrap gifts. Or he recommends buying boxes or bags that you can reuse.

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love sent to me nine fairy lights.

Julia Tibbett says people should be sensible with lights and not leave them on too long.

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love sent to me ten reused dresses.

Phil Partridge from the Clic Sergeant Charity Shop recommends people buy dresses and fancy dress in shops so items are reused and people aren't buying new items when they don't need to.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love sent to me eleven steamed puddings.

Julia Tibbett says you should try microwaving your pudding instead of steaming it for hours. It's much quicker and saves energy.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me twelve presents from others.

Leeroy Chandlers says you can donate unwanted presents to charity shops or sell them online.

last updated: 18/12/2007 at 13:14
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