02 Dec, 2020

Nothing new for Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is also the time of the greatest waste. Food goes uneaten, wrapping goes to landfill, unwanted gifts end up at charity.

 

The most wonderful time of the year is also the time of the greatest waste. Food goes uneaten, wrapping goes to landfill, unwanted gifts end up at charity. 

Australians give up to $400 million worth of unwanted gifts annually and use a massive 150,000 km of wrapping paper a year. That’s enough to go around the world 4 times!

To make it easy to #buynothingnnew, Living Smart has created a series of videos with some gorgeous ideas for gifts and decorations you can make with what you have at home. Ditch the wrapping, embrace DIY decorating and get creative with handmade and upcycled presents. 

Or come and join Living Smart and Sunshine Coast Libraries at the NightQuarter RepairLab for a series of workshops to make your own upcycled Christmas decorations and gifts. 

Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive, wasteful or plastic-filled. 

Take Living Smart’s Buy Nothing New for Christmas challenge…

…or take the #onesecond pledge from our friends at the World’s Biggest Garage Sale to give at least one second hand item this Christmas to save millions of goods ending up in landfill.

Check out Living Smart Buy nothing new for Christmas videos

Make Your Own Upcycled Pet Toys

Gift Wrapping

Make a heat pack from an old t-shirt

How to make compostable tinsel

NightQuarter Workshops

Make a handmade Christmas gift for your pet – Workshop 6th December

Make an upcycled, Christmas gift for your pet or someone else’s pet with Living Smart’s Repair Lab Furbulous – make a handmade Christmas gift for your pet workshop

Date: Sunday 6th December
Time: 2.00-4.00pm
Where: NightQuarter
Cost: Wishlist Foundation Donation (plus NightQuarter entry pass)

BOOKINGS

Handcrafted Christmas: Gift cards, ornaments and gift tags

Living Smart presents an afternoon of craft and upcycling with Gretchen Keelty. Using recycled materials, make your own wrapping paper and card for that special gift at Christmas.

Date: Sunday 13th December
Time: 2.00-4.00pm
Where: NightQuarter
Cost: Wishlist Foundation Donation (plus NightQuarter entry pass)

BOOKINGS

Inspired by Nature: foraged Christmas wreath or centrepiece

Living Smart presents an afternoon of craft and upcycling with Belinda Kuhlewein from Husk and Vine and Gretchen Keelty. Make your Christmas table centrepiece or wreath spectacular using foraged and upcycled materials.

Date: Sunday 20th December
Time: 2.00-4.00pm
Where: NightQuarter
Cost: Free (plus NightQuarter entry pass)

BOOKINGS

Love your leftovers

Did you know that a Christmas time, food waste can increase by a whopping 25%? Plan your meals well to avoid leftovers, shop smart (with a list), store your food correctly and Love Your Leftovers – by getting creative with leftovers to avoid waste.

Check out Living Smart’s Love Your Leftovers page for delicious and healthy ideas.

Get creative with handmade and upcycled presents

Upcycle pot planters, make your own pet presents and craft your own handmade gifts for a Christmas to remember. 

Use something you have on hand to create a beautiful custom handmade gift or head to the op shop for inspiration.

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Buy nothing new for Christmas: Ditch the wrapping

Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive, wasteful or plastic-filled. Take Living Smart’s Buy Nothing new for Christmas challenge…

Join a workshop, check out our videos or get creative with some of our ideas below for a plastic-free, waste-free Christmas.

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Buy nothing new for Christmas - DIY decorating

Discarded Christmas ornaments, artificial trees and lights can languish in landfill for centuries. Fortunately there are loads of natural, recycled or upcycled alternatives that are simple and fun to make.

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Do you have a creative idea to add? How is your family embracing the Buy nothing new challenge this Christmas? Living Smart would love to hear from you. Email us or comment below

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