Reduce waste this holiday season Coffs Coast Nambucca Valley by News Of The Area - Modern Media - December 22, 2023 Bellingen High School student Marie Black on work experience at OzGREEN. ON a mission to create sustainable communities all year round, local environment charity OzGREEN is sharing waste-free creative ideas for the festive period. Bellingen High School student Marie Black, completing work experience with OzGREEN, took to the challenge of creating a resource offering ten easy and enjoyable ways to reduce waste during the holiday season. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – email@example.com The resource is now being distributed to cafes and shops throughout Bellingen. “Christmas is often a wasteful time,” said Marie. “Reducing waste is a passion of mine, and my family has embraced traditions that foster connection while lessening our impact on the Earth. “If we can do it, anyone can,” she told News Of The Area. Here’s the suggestions created by Marie for OzGREEN’s sustainable Christmas resource. 1. Mindful Gift Giving Choose durable gifts aligned with the recipient’s interests. Opt for sustainable materials or consider gifting experiences. 2. Present Wrapping Most wrapping paper is non-recyclable due to its plastic coating. Wrap with scrap paper or old fabrics instead! 3. Food Buy in-season produce from local growers. Plan your meals in advance and consume leftovers promptly to reduce waste. 4. Waste Christmas generates significant waste from single-use items. To manage this, consider reusing items for crafts, compost organic waste, and recycle materials responsibly. 5. Christmas Trees Plastic Christmas trees shed microplastics, harming the environment. Instead, create a tree using branches in a sturdy pot or buy a native tree. 6. Table Decorations Make table decorations, or find them outside. Branches, native foliage and flowers, or even pinecones, are all very easy to find and free. 7. Bonbons Make eco-friendly Bonbons using old toilet paper rolls, filling them with durable items like keyrings, or lip balm. 8. Advent Calendars Make your own eco advent calendar. It can be as simple as a branch, and some small paper bags tied on with jute twine. 9. Ornaments Make DIY ornaments for a festive activity before Christmas. Try origami birds, ceramic stars, or flower and paper chains. 10. Wreaths Create a native wreath using local plants and flowers for an Australian aesthetic. To access this and other free material and ideas see www ozgreen.org/subscribe OzGREEN delivers programs, events and resources to increase wellbeing, build capacity and facilitate action. Mindful that young people are the people of the future, they employ and mentor regional youth to help deliver youth wellbeing camps and clubs, waste reduction at major events, tree planting projects, nature connection, bushwalks, bird walks, kayak tours, sustainability skills workshops and citizen science events. By Andrea FERRARI Working with OzGREEN, Marie Black from Bellingen High School preparing for Eco-Wrapping stalls by dyeing fabric with leaves from native plants. OzGREEN’s Eco-Wrapping Stall at Coffs Central.