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Reduce, reuse and recycle regardless of the occasion

Check back closer to a holiday for specifically themed content to help you, your family and your friends create memories and not waste. Until then try these tips for making life’s special events memorable and not at the expense of the environment.

waste consciousGift Ideas

Gift giving is one of the many ways we express our appreciation to people in our life. More and more we are realizing that we don't want to just give stuff, stuff is already everywhere in our lives and stuff doesn't always bring happiness.

Think reusable or resused
Pick out a gift that can be used again and again and again. Go sturdy and functional – pick out an easy to clean, reusable travel mug. Go shopping in your home – do you have something you haven’t used in a while that you know your friend would use?

Enjoy a meal together
Cook a special meal at home or treat yourselves to a nice meal out.

Gift an experience
Tickets to a movie or show, an outdoor adventure, a night away or massage - gift the gift of spending quality time together!

Homemade sweets and baked goods
Always a good way to someone’s heart and a fun way to spend time with family.

Donations
Give to a cause or charity in someone else's name or volunteer together to help the community. The Sunshine Coast has many not-for-profits and charitable organizations working to enhance our community.

Plant Cuttings or Potted Plants
Opt for longer-lasting flowers and plants (if you are have green thumb!) over store-bought cut flowers.

Gift Wrap
If you are going to give a gift, go with wrapping that is recycled, cloth or can be recycled and skip the plastic ribbon.

Think no gift, gift time instead
Dedicating time to your friend or loved one to take part in their favourite activity or try something new and make memories that will last longer than stuff we buy that doesn’t get used.

There is also always the gift of service, maybe a mom with little ones could use a half hour/hour to themselves or maybe someone could use help in their garden or with cleaning their house.
Food brings people together. Go out for lunch or dinner, alternatively you could bring lunch or dinner to their place or have them to yours for a meal.