The 12 Wasteless Days of Christmas

Eco Christmas – Green Christmas – Earth Friendly Celebrating – Zero Waste Gifts

Do those words strike fear?  Do they conjure ideas of deprivation and judgement?  Do they sound like an impossible ideal?

We are here to inspire you and encourage a little less waste, without compromising the joy and jubilation of the season.

We’ve already been hinting at giving less but more thoughtful gifts.  What other ideas are there?

Most of these ideas are nothing new.  It’s just about remembering how nice it used to be to enjoy quality rather than focussing on the quantity.

12 Ideas for a Zero Waste Christmas 

  1. Give up buying gift wrap – there are so many more beautiful ways to present your presents.  What about making reusable gift bags?  Not a seamstress? Then how about using a op shop pillow case with a ribbon to close.  Or look into furoshiki and simply use a square piece of beautiful scrap fabric that can be reused and repurposed endlessly.  If you have kids, then use one of their many paintings or drawings 🙂
  2. Reuse last years Christmas cards as gift tags or to craft your own new design of Christmas cards.  Instead of buying more this year, how about sending a e-card.  There are many very funny and cute ones out there that will be great to enjoy as the receiver without then having something to throw away.
  3. Consider what reusables you have available to avoid disposable items.  Such as cloth serviettes, stainless steel straws, glass bottles for water, metal cutlery and plates.  If you are worried about the clean up after then set up a washing station where everyone can take care of their own mess.  Most people would love to be involved and help out, so let them!
  4. If you are giving gifts then consider a secret santa/kris kringle.  Everyone gets a name or gender to buy for with a price range.  You only have one gift to give and you get one in return and you will be able to afford better quality gifts.  It is easy and far less stressful.
  5. Consider giving gift vouchers for your time rather than for a product or store.  Time is the most precious commodity these days.  Your friends and family will surely love to know that they will get to do something lovely with you throughout the year.
  6. Keep an eye on your portion sizes and only cater as much as a person will reasonably eat.  We all the know the parties where there was so much food that the host was still eating the same meals a week later.  To guide you, think about what a person can fit on a plate.  If you have so much of everything that there would be more plates filled than people to eat them, scale back.  Everyone will thank you as many eat out of guilt of the effort you have gone to that has been left untouched.
  7. Make something.  If you are artistic, create something.  If you are crafty, fashion something.  If you are a cook, bake something.  If you are uninspired, check out pinterest or grab a Gift Jar from us 😛
  8. Reuse last years Christmas decorations or get out into the natural world for inspiration and supplies.  There are beautiful things that can be done with nuts, vines, popcorn strings, cinnamon sticks, branches, fabric, a bit a glitter and some glue.
  9. Suggest your guests bring a resealable container and divvy out any leftovers.  This can be your gift to them and their gift to you.
  10. When sourcing produce for your deliciously planned menu, think about what is in season and locally available.  We are very lucky to have a wealth of fresh foods harvested locally – think mulberries, stone fruits, berries, cherries (check out www.ripenear.me) as well as local seafood & meats.
  11. Get to know your local wineries, breweries & distilleries for locally produced celebratory drinks!  If you ask nicely you may be able to take back your bottles after, or even fill up a reusable growler of beer to take home.
  12. How about doing your bit for local charity shops (and those less fortunate as well) by stocking them with all your goodies that go unused?  I’m sure that everyone has at least one or two items in their home that are in good quality but never see the light of day.  Op shops love your items and so will those that frequent them.  If your kids are into Santa and not yet ready to part with their toys for goodwill purposes, then tell them that Santa doesn’t bring presents if he thinks you have too much stuff.
  13. Just because we love to exceed your expectations – here is a bonus idea!  Give the gift of an experience rather than another thing that will need to be cleaned up and cared for.  Vouchers or a promise to go hot air ballooning, tickets to the local pool, the zoo, the movies or a trip to the beach are all gifts that will be appreciated for more than one day of the year!

What other ideas do you have up your sleeve?  Share them below and have a very happy festive season!!


A Christmas Gift for You: Gift Jars!

With Christmas fast approaching we are readying ourselves for the gift giving season.

We know that you have so much love to share, so many great intentions to show just how grateful you are for all the wonderful people in your lives.  We also know that giving a thing doesn’t always match up with your eco values but maybe you don’t necessarily want to turn up empty handed.

And so the Gift Jar was born!

We have a range of jars available for order at the store but since we are more about sharing the zero waste love than we are about profiting from the commercialism and consumerism of Christmas, below is your own printable version of the gift jar labels that we are using in store this Christmas.

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So, if you want to make them on your own you now have what you need!

And if you don’t have the time or just like the idea of us making them up for you, give us a call, an email or visit us to order at least 3 days in advance (up to 7 days as we get closer to Christmas).


Gifts in a Jar

If you are keen on doing gift jars for Christmas or other occasions (you can reuse what you have to refuse waste!) then check out these ideas we have in store…

Vanilla bath saltsVanilla Bath Salts

2 cup Epsom Salts
3 tbsp. Bicarb
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Jar + Ingredients = $8

 

 

 

 

 

 

macadamia brownieMacadamia Choc Brownies

Contains 1 cup plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder, 1/4tsp salt, 1 ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup cocoa & ½ cup macadamias
Extra needed:
½ cup melted butter
2 eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 170C. Pour jar contents into bowl & add wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Pour into greased 20 x 20cm pan and bake for 35 mins. Cool before slicing.
Jar + ingredients = $11

 

 

Choc Chip Oatmeal CookiesChoc Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Contains 1/3 cup plain flour, ¼ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp bicarb, 1/3 cup brown sugar, ¼ cup white sugar, 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk choc chips & 1/3 white choc chips
Extra needed:
3 ½ tbsp. melted butter
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C. Pour jar contents into bowl and add wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Grease baking tray and place spoonfuls of mixture onto tray. Bake 12-14 mins.
Jar + ingredients = $6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa cookiesSanta Cookies

1 1/3 cup plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarb, ¼ tsp salt, 1 cup rolled oats, ¾ cup smarties, ½ cup brown sugar & ½ cup white sugar
Extra needed:
½ cup softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C. Beat together wet ingredients in bowl until light and fluffy. Add jar contents & mix well. Grease baking tray and place spoonful’s of mixture onto tray. Bake 10 mins.
Jar + ingredients = $9

 

Lolly jar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or maybe these ideas might be more your cup of tea 🙂

Custom Tea Set Hot Choc Set luxury coffee set

Counter gifts