Have yourself a green Christmas in Newhaven

Community chef Olly Dawson
Community chef Olly Dawson

Community chef Olly Dawson will show people how to make simple tasty meals from leftovers at Newhaven Christmas Extravaganza tomorrow (Saturday December 14).

The demonstration is part of Lewes District Council’s Zero Heroes Campaign which aims to tackle food waste.

The Christmas event will take place in the High Street.

Here are some top tips from the Zero Heroes Campaign for reducing waste and saving money at Christmas:

Don’t be tempted by supermarket special offers such as buy-one, get-one-free.

It is estimated that we throw away around £60m worth of food every Christmas in the UK, so plan ahead, write a list, buy what you need and remember, most supermarkets will reopen on Boxing Day.

There are some very realistic artificial Christmas trees that you can use year after year, thus saving you money in the long run, and avoiding the mess of falling pine needles on your carpet.

If you decide to have a real tree, get one with roots so you can plant it in the garden afterwards, or take it to one of Lewes District Council’s tree recycling points.

LED fairy lights not only last for years but also are much more energy efficient than old style bulbs.

Make your own decorations.

Christmas dinner leftovers can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for two days, or freeze them for up to three months.

Visit www.zeroheroes.me for more tips.