CREATE MEMORIES, NOT WASTE
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.
Check out the SCRD Collects App "What Goes Where" feature to learn what is accepted for recycling and remember to use your Green Bin for any food waste. You can use the app through our webpage or by downloading it for your smart phone.
Waste Concious Gift ideas
Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap
If you get a gift go with recycled wrapping paper from kids art work, or newspaper, a handkerchief or a cloth shopping bag they can reuse.
Maybe you have a great idea that’s a little expensive, work with mutual friends and pick out a gift that might too expensive for either of you to buy on your own, but together would make a great gift for your friend. Perhaps a gift card is better and offer to go with them so you can make an experience out of it. Does your friend have an e-reader? If so give them an e-book instead of a paper book.
Think No Gift, Give 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.
Give to a cause or charity in someone else's name. The Sunshine Coast has many not-for-profits and charitable organizations working to enchane our community.
Hosting a child’s birthday?
Children’s parties can generate a lot of garbage in a short period of time. Check out these great party planning guides for ideas on how to have a memorable birthday without the one-time use plastics and without the emphasis stuff and instead on enjoying the party.
Green Child Magazine https://www.greenchildmagazine.com/eco-friendly-birthday-party/
PBS Parents http://www.pbs.org/parents/birthday-parties/tips_post/green-birthday-party/