Tips for a more eco-friendly Christmas

Christmas will be different for many people this year, however it is still important to be as sustainable as possible. It is a well know fact that Christmas is a time of increased waste. All that wrapping paper, excess of plastic packaging on all those gifts, the many coffee cups bought simply because of the Christmas imagery printed on them and so on, so here are my tips on how you can have a more eco friendly holiday this year.

  1. Consider which Christmas tree you buy and what is better long term
  2. Make your own cards or if you are buying them make sure they are sustainably sourced and don’t include glitter – as these cannot be recycled. You could also buy plantable cards.
  3. Make homemade gifts or shop locally so you are supporting small businesses
  4. Don’t overbuy food that you will not eat just because its Christmas
  5. Use sustainable wrapping paper such as brown paper – lots of wrapping paper come with glitter on which means it cannot be recycled
  6. Re-wear last years Christmas jumper or look for a second-hand one
  7. Gift experiences – this gives the recipients the chance to create memories
  8. Buy eco-friendly crackers
  9. Invest in a reusable advent calendar – this can be used for many years and even passed down through generations
  10. Switch to LED lights, there are better for the environment long term


Top 5 Educational Netflix shows for self-isolation

With the UK headed back into a second national lockdown, it means there will be a lot more people needing to self isolate. Therefore I wanted to share my top five educational shows to watch so I can learn more about the world we live in as well as increase my knowledge of the world.

Blackfish | A truly heartbreaking documentary which explores the life and death of Tilikum, an Orca who was captured in Iceland in 1983. He spent his life in captivity at many different facilities including Seaworld, Orlando, until he died in 2017. 

Born to be free | Another documentary focussed on the plight of Cetaceans in captivity. This documentary starts in the remote corners of Russia where they witness the mistreatment that Orcas, Dolphins and Beluga Whales are subject to. The film follows 18 Beluga Whales captured for the Atlanta Aquarium in Georgia and for Seaworld.

My octopus teacher | The film shows the relationship that forms between a filmmaker and an octopus, and the impact that this bas on both of their lives. He decided to keep visiting her den and tracking her movements every day for a year to win the animal’s trust. The two form a bond where she plays with Foster and allows him into her world to see how she sleeps, lives, and eats.

David Attenborough – A life on our Planet | A really fascinating documentary which explores how the Earth has changed in 93 years, ever since Attenborough has started his work. It gave a first hand account of the monumental scale of humanity’s impact on nature.

Broken – Recycling scam | Part of a 4 part series, this explores how we built our recycling systems and how big corporations changed the whole recycling narrative in order to make themselves look better. It also explores the reason why things don’t get recycled and end up in landfill or sent abroad for others to deal with.



Hello and welcome to my BelleintheWild! I’m Isabelle a 21-year-old graduate living in my hometown of Bristol. This blog will show my journey from a being a Fashion Undergrad to completing my MSc Sustainable Development and following my journey to complete my PHD.

My aim is to document my experience my journey becoming more sustainable and finding my place and future career in the environmental field so that I can make a positive impact in my work. I will also be documenting my favourite sustainable brands, easy vegan and vegetarian food, sharing easy sustainability habits and my masters study journey.

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