- Support local business who are environmentally aware and make an effort to reduce waste.
- Share with businesses what you would like to see them sell, do or not do anymore.
- Pause before you buy something, and consider these questions:
- How long will it be in my life for?
- What is it made of? Can I recycle it?
- What happens to it at the end of its life?
- What packaging does it come in?
- Do I really need it?
- Could I borrow or rent one?
- Keep your letterbox free of junk mail by putting a “No Ad Mail” sticker up. You can get these stickers for free at all Council offices and libraries. You can also sign up for an electronic mail box with Ecomailbox. That way you'll still get all your favourite catalogues, but without the need for all that extra paper.
- Just say “no thanks” to single-use plastic bags when you are doing your shopping. Take a reusable bag with you instead.
- Sip don’t suck. While straws may be handy the plastic they are made out of is not biodegradable. Next time you are out, don’t take a straw!
Here are some good ways to reduce the amount of rubbish you personally generate.
- It’s all the rage to use reusable bags when doing the weekly shop. The next step is getting a couple of reusable produce bags. Just get what you need in the handy lightweight produce bags, instead of another single-use plastic bag.
- Shop wisely by choosing products that have less packaging. Or buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you take home with you.
- Buy one good quality lifelong item instead of ten cheaper - but not long lasting - options. For example, a classic coat that will last many seasons.
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Throw a kids party with zero waste
Raising her two young kids, Nicola from Mainstream Green has been to plenty of kids parties. Check out this video to hear her ideas on how to reduce the environmental impact of your next celebration.
- Consider going virtual
- Recycle things you already have - kids artwork is a great option
- Go old school and phone your guests!
- Consider experiences, home made, pre-loved, or things that can be eaten
- For wrapping, use the Japanese art of furoshiki (fabric wrapping) or recycle what you have
- Keep a list of things your kids need for when people ask for ideas
- Avoid over-catering - or have a plan to use, freeze or share leftovers
- Go for packaging-free food options
- Compost any food waste
- Go for reuseables
- Use what you have, hire, or source secondhand
- Have a party collection to share amongst friends
- Go for reuseables like fabric bunting
- Use things found in nature - flowers, leaves, branches
- Use a hole punch and dried leaves for confetti
- Upcycle what you have or source decorations secondhand
- Choose games that don't require any 'stuff', or try upcycling or reuseables
- For example, 'pass the parcel' wrapping paper can be replaced with scarves
- If you have prizes, keep them simple - follow the gift ideas above
- If you do choose to have goodie bags, here's a few ideas to reduce waste:
- A piece of birthday cake, a plant or seeds, something homemade, a personalised story or poem for the guest, something reuseable like a beeswax wrap...
The Waipā way to deal with our waste!
Then we can try any of these great ways to stop waste going to landfill.
- Re-charge the soil
- Rest goes to landfill