Waste-Free Christmas dinner: Sustainable Cooking and Cleanup for the Holidays

Christmas foodIt’s that time of year again, Christmas is here! This season brings a lot of joy, memories, and for many of us – feasts! However, it also brings a considerable amount of waste, from food to packaging, to decorations. But don’t worry, you can celebrate the holidays and be eco-friendly at the same time! In this blog post, we will discuss how you can host a waste-free feast by using sustainable cooking and cleanup methods.

1. Plan Your Menu Around Local, Seasonal Produce

When planning your holiday feast menu, consider using locally grown and seasonal fruits and vegetables. It not only supports your local farmers, but it also leaves a lower carbon footprint as the produce does not have to travel long distances. Additionally, using seasonal foods means you are choosing the freshest produce, and it’s less expensive.
Not only does using local and seasonal produce reduce waste, but it also gives you the opportunity to be creative with your dishes. Use recipes that feature seasonal ingredients. For example, roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze, or homemade cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries. Trust us, your guests will appreciate the thought and effort!

2. Opt for Reusable Tableware and Decorations

Using reusable utensils, plates, and cups instead of disposable ones can significantly reduce waste in the kitchen. For example, you can use washable cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. Additionally, choosing durable, high-quality tableware can last for years, and you can use them for your next family feast or party.
Also, choose reusable decorations in place of disposable ones. For example, use LED lights instead of traditional ones, or consider using homemade decoration using natural materials such as pinecones or leaves. Overall, reducing waste through reusable cooking and decoration helps your wallet and the environment at the same time.

3. Store Food in Reusable Containers

After Christmas dinner, leftovers are bound to exist. Instead of throwing away or using disposable plastic containers, store the food in reusable containers. You can purchase glass or stainless steel containers, which are durable, easy to clean, and don’t retain food odour. Plus, they are stylish and can double as storage containers for other food items. Also, don’t forget your grocery bags. Use reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags to reduce waste when purchasing food items.

4. Use Compostable Food Scraps

It’s common knowledge that food waste is significant contributors to climate change and environmental pollution. However, you can reduce that waste by using compostable food scraps. Instead of throwing away vegetable scraps, use them to make vegetable broth. If you have a backyard garden, create a compost bin. Composting food scraps benefits your garden by enriching the soil and reduces your contribution to landfills.

5. Be Mindful of Electricity Use

Lastly, be mindful of your electricity use during the holiday season. Using energy-efficient appliances can save you up to 50% of electricity, and it’s environmentally friendly. When not in use, unplug appliances or use a smart power strip to reduce energy waste. Additionally, limit your electricity use of holiday lights by using LED lights, which are energy-efficient and long-lasting.


In conclusion, holiday feasts do not necessarily have to come with a considerable amount of waste. You can use sustainable cooking and cleanup methods to host a waste-free feast this year. By choosing locally grown and seasonal produce, using reusable tableware and decorations, storing food in reusable containers, composting food scraps, and being mindful of electricity use, it demonstrates your commitment to sustainability. It also teaches your guests how to appreciate a waste-free lifestyle, and perhaps they will bring it back to their homes too. Now go, enjoy your feast, and happy holidays!