Mum explains why she’s banned advent calendars from her home this Christmas

Mum explains why she’s banned advent calendars from her home this Christmas

Cathryn Scott was shocked when she realised how much single-use plastic was in each advent calendar, so she banned them from the house and her children aren’t allowed one this Christmas

A mum of three said that she is banning advent calendars from her home this Christmas – because they are stuffed with single-use plastic.

Doting mum Cathryn Scott was shocked when she paused to consider the environmental impact of the festive calendar, so she did some research.

She discovered that each year they make up to three million tonnes of extra plastic waste, so she decided to “give the planet a gift” by avoiding them altogether.

She said that her three children are usually gifted advent calendars by friends and family, but this year they are getting a wooden one that they’ll reuse in the years to come.

“Each year we’d have around 10 identical selection boxes, but the true scale of the problem only really hit home when I saw the plastic packaging from a selection box juxtaposed with the tiny amount of chocolate they actually contained.

“I won’t allow them in the house. For 25 tiny chocolates there’s a truly baffling amount of single-use plastic packaging. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the thoughtfulness of everyone who’s taken the time to buy my children a gift, but surely together we can be a little bit more imaginative?”

Meanwhile, a man has shared a genius Christmas hack to make advent calendars out of last year’s leftovers – and it’s so simple everyone can do it.

Magician Darren Cullen, 34, watched a video about the home-made advent calendar on TikTok so decided to create his own version, and was amazed by the results.

The dad from Kent, took the cardboard insert from toilet rolls, which could be substituted for the innards of wrapping paper, and shaped them into the outline of a tree – with 25 individual segments.

Then he painted them green and filled each compartment with sweets and treats, before sealing them all off and labelling the doors with numbers from one to 25.