No matter the occasion, think Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Check back here on this page closer to a holiday for 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.

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

Opt for longer-lasting flowers and plants (if you have a green thumb!) over store-bought cut flowers.

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

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. Or gift time to help out a friend or family member with babysitting or help around the house.