Christmas is a magical time of year, but our excessive festive spending, consuming and wasting, has a massive impact on our planet.


For the first time ever, the Zero Waste Christmas Market will be held in London, which hopes to combat some of the surplus that results from the festive season. A 2017 study found that each Christmas, Brits throw away the equivalent of 108 million rolls of wrapping paper, 54 million platefuls of food, almost 100 million black bags full of packaging, and use more than 40 million rolls of sticky tape. Throughout the year, many of us work hard to limit the amount of waste we produce, but this can go out of the window at Christmas. Remarkably, 34 per cent of Britons reported that they think excessive waste is just a part of the festive period.


Hopefully, this year will be different, with the Zero Waste Christmas Market offering an alternative way to shop for Christmas that aims to keep waste away from landfills. Market organiser, Melanie Fisher, explained the concept: ‘I love Christmas – everybody does, but I also care about the planet,’ she said. ‘Christmas is the perfect opportunity to have the conversation about over consumption and environmental impact, but to do so in a way that is both inclusive and enjoyable. I want to make it fun and easy for people to do the right thing whilst addressing the issue of consumer waste at the same time.’


The festival will be 100 per cent free from single-use plastic, packaging, and animal products, and seeks to offer: ‘Stress-free shopping that doesn’t cost the Earth’. Stalls will only sell sustainable, ethical, compostable, recyclable, and reusable gifts, and vegan-friendly food and drink products, including cakes and mulled wine.


Visitors will be able to find everything from stocking-fillers to luxury items across fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle, travel, and food and drink. An array of goods from eco-friendly retailers will also be there, including clothes from Gung Ho Design, biodegradable glitter by Eco Glitter Fun, wonky vegetables from Oddbox, and planet-friendly skin-care goodies from Optiat.


Attendees can enjoy talks from key figures, festive workshops, and a Christmas hamper competition. One hundred per cent of the money resulting from ticket sales will also be donated to Cool Earth, a non-profit fighting climate change and Amazonian deforestation.


The Zero Waste Christmas Market joins a number of vegan-friendly, eco-conscious Christmas festivals sweeping the UK this winter, including those in Peterborough, Gloucester, Cardiff and Manchester.


If you’re planning on heading to a Christmas festival for some present-shopping, make sure you stop by the Hoxton Arches on Saturday 8th December, for the Zero Waste Christmas Market.



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  1. Laura Seymour on November 13, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Just to confirm this market is only running for the one day on the 8th of December?

  2. Nads on November 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    While I welcome the news and very much look forward to the event, I find the choice of photo extremely unfortunate. It is of the Frankfurt Christmas Market, where you cannot escape the smell of pork sausages! It’s the no 1 food served there. The skyline of Frankfurt market place is very well known around the world. You could have chosen a stock photo from an obscure location or at least cropped it in a way so it is not immediately recognisable.

  3. Shona Scatchard on November 15, 2018 at 11:35 pm


    Is this a one day only event ?


  4. Brooke of Passport Couture on November 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    If I were in London, I would be very interested in attending this festival to see how it works and what the results are. I think it’s great more companies are seeing the importance of reducing waste, but I’m always curious to see how they cut back on trash from festival visitors who sample food at some of the booths. I would also be intrigued to learn about some of the biodegradable products like glitter. I never would have expected that!

  5. Debbie Latimer on November 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I am confused what date is it please ?????????

  6. Veronika Blues on December 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Disappointing. The market was not 100% vegan to start with (selling cashmere products) which then made me suspicious of all the other products. Going to a vegan market means avoiding to have to read every single label ans being around like middd people and this wasn’t the case… Neither was it zero waste. On top of that, it was pretty small and very crowded and even people who purchased tickets had to queue (even though there was a separate line for non ticket holders). Still not ideal. I think the organisers have a lot to learn form this and do a better job if they want to hold the event again in the future.

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