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At Wonder in Wood “The German Christmas Shop”

We take the Green Thing very seriously indeed, along with our suppliers and the makers of the wonderful items we sell.

Here you can read what we are up to in our efforts to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Voluntary Offset.

Also below, there is a lighthearted look at “The Green Thing” We all used to do a lot more?

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a fuel guzzling machine every time we had to go a few hundred yards down the road.

We washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throwaway kind.

We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts, wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.

Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

People took the train or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24 hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.

And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.



Plastic carrier bags reduced to virtually nil. Apart from the occasional use of a plastic bag in extreme weather, for protective purposes, all of the bags we use are basic brown paper bags made from recycled paper.  

Waste to land fill reduced to virtually nil. Apart from the odd Crisp Packet, Wrapper from a Chocolate Bar, a piece of cellophane from a Sandwich or Cake. In essence, at most a small handful a week of rubbish leaves our shop.    

Shop lighting reduced from 1360 watts to 921 watts a saving of 439 watts.

Over the course of 2012 we hope to make a massive reduction in the watts used with the introduction of low watt LED’s

Paper use has been reduced by approximately 90% . This has been achieved mainly in the use of electronic billing, statements, invoicing and orders. We do not print unless absolutely necessary and of course use recycled paper. We use PDF catalogues instead of paper catalogues.  

Reduced our vehicles Co2 emissions by changing our vehicles to vehicles with emissions below 120 Co2 g/km.  As one of our vehicles had a staggering 270 Co2 g/km it makes it a good saving and reduces our fuel consumption in the process. More on that when we total our figures.


Approximately 80% of all our packaging that comes in to us is reused in the mail order side of our business for parcels going out. We hardly ever buy packaging materials preferring to use handy wine boxes from the local supermarkets. Oh, sorry, we do buy brown tape.

Waste paper that is well shredded and triple mixed is also reused as packaging.

In fact with the selection of packaging we reuse, we often wonder what must our customers be thinking. Now you know.


At the end of the day, anything that can’t be reused, for example about 20% of our inward packaging, is recycled through the appropriate channels.  


While doing our best to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible we still think we can go further.  As such we have decided to start planting trees in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint even further and offset the unavoidable.

You can follow our progress and see how much Co2 we have saved by checking back on our site from time to time or our Blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Not such a bad thing as some people do need reminding and the more that can be done the better. The only thing is it’s not new so we would like to remind people of some of the things we used to do that were so very Green.

We returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.  

The Green Thing:


These days everyone is expected to have a green policy,as if it’s something new.

Climate Change - I'll join you!

A lighthearted look at the Green Thing

We had one TV, or radio, in the house, not a TV, DVD, Video in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the sitting room wall.

We blended and stirred by hand in the kitchen because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

We didn't fire up an engine and burn fuel just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.

We exercised without the need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

A German site promoting awareness of climate Change.