Christmas crackers that help save the planet


With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start focusing on festivities. With the ever-growing problem of single-use plastic, especially around this season, it’s vital that we all make some little changes into our lives to reduce our plastic use. One simple way to do this is to change the way we use Christmas crackers. These are offending items in the war against plastic as the box and wrapping is thrown away, whilst the gift inside gets thrown or discarded in a drawer. We’ve found some greener alternatives to traditional crackers to minimise our use of single-use plastic this year.

DIY cracker

It’s so easy to make your own recyclable Christmas crackers with things lying around at home. We love this method from Thoroughly Modern Grandma, which utilises toilet roll tubes and cardboard for a modern twist on the classic cracker. Check out the step by step guide here

Go Green

There’s a range of different kits online to help you achieve a greener Christmas. Most are super easy, even if you don’t have a creative streak. Have a look at kits here

The great thing about homemade crackers is that you can decorate them however you like. If you have little ones, this is a great Christmas activity which encourages them to get creative. Use paint glitter, bows and anything else you have lying around to make your crackers look great. This also gives them a fantastic personal touch which makes them great to crack at a family dinner. This is ideal for a morning activity with plenty of time for them to dry before everyone sits down to dinner.


A great idea for planet-friendly crackers is to put something edible inside your homemade cracker. Gingerbread biscuits are a favourite and can be attached to a string and used as tree decorations. The same goes for any sort of biscuit, but that extra bit of festive spice makes them really Christmassy. For those with a sweet tooth, make some truffles or toffee and wrap in Christmas tissue paper for your crackers.

If you want to buy Christmas crackers, look for ones without plastic toys and gifts inside. Many brands have ditched the plastic and gone with metal or paper alternatives. If you’re concerned about the contents of the cracker not being used, many brands do their own crackers containing gifts like gin, chocolates and chutneys which are sure to be used. A lot of people are now opting out of crackers altogether for the ultimate crackdown on plastic.