Sustainability Action Blog


Sustainability doesn’t stop for Christmas!

By Julia Kendal |

Christmas TreeWith the end of term and the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it’s important to be thinking about the sustainability of this often consumer-focused holiday. Students on the interdisciplinary curriculum innovation module ‘Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment’ designed and produced films exploring different sustainability issues; these may help you navigate some of the sustainability pitfalls of the holiday season.

Real or plastic trees, LED lighting, check out the facts about how to reduce the environmental impact of your Christmas choices, and in particular that all-important Christmas dinner.

Sustainable shopping on a student budget can be challenging, but don’t pick up that iPhone or those new shoes as gifts without finding out their sustainability credentials first. And it’s not just the products themselves; plastic packaging can have a huge environmental impact too.

With the Christmas party season upon us, gain extra kudos for organising sustainable pre-drinks and taking into consideration the sustainability of alcohol consumption (whilst, of course, drinking responsibly!).

When it’s time to head home to the family, think about the health and environmental impacts of your journey.

Don’t keep your sustainable choices to yourself; nudge family and friends to join you in living more sustainably, saving them from wilful ignorance about the impact of their daily lives.

And finally, have a great Christmas!


See all the action from the Sustainability Film Festival here.


Disclaimer: all videos are on external websites. Sustainability Action and the University of Southampton cannot be held responsible for their content.