Zero Waste Christmas


Household waste increases by 30% over the Christmas period. 

As Scotland works towards net zero it is up to us to do what we can to help out along the way. While we understand it is challenging to have an entirely waste-free Christmas, there are many ways you can drastically cut down on excess this festive period. 

All it takes is some clever planning and a creative approach to ingredients – and to make things even easier, our chef Sam has already done the hard work for you.

Sam’s Christmas Dinner Calculator:

Turkey500g per person – plenty on the day and for leftovers
Potatoes1 1/2 large per person
Vegetables400g per person
Stuffing150g per person
Gravy250ml per person

It’s easier said than done, but stick to your shopping list and use the calculator! 

Christmas is a time of excess and supermarkets often like to encourage us to buy more than we need, whether it be two-for-one offers or multi-pack deals: no one really needs 2kg of carrots – unless you are, in fact, Rudolph the rednosed reindeer. 

By following Sam’s guidelines you will end up with a delicious dinner and some scrummy leftovers, minus the usual side order of guilt due to overconsumption and a lack of preparation.

Up to a third of turkeys won’t even see the dinner table due to being undercooked. And those that do are often quickly discarded due to overcooking and lack of preparation.

Avoid culinary disaster by writing and following a strict plan on the day to ensure everything is cooked perfectly and on time.

And please don’t throw your old bird away! There is still hope for her. 

“Hope” disguised as a tremendous turkey curry.


It is also important to remember that Christmas is not only notorious for food waste, but also generates 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging – which is equivalent to 5.5 million Christmas trees. 

Here are some handy tips to cut down on plastic this year.

• Bring your own bags to the supermarket. Where possible, buy loose fruit and vegetables, or use refillable, reusable containers.

• At home, use sealable containers to keep things fresh in the fridge.

• If you’re having Christmas away from home this year, have a look online for the local council’s recycling guidelines on what they do or do not recycle and in what condition they need to be received. 

• Look out for bioplastics if you are buying – these are made from renewable biomass sources and under the right conditions are able to completely decompose.