Tips for low-waste Christmas events

With Christmas around the corner, many of us are planning annual events to celebrate. Christmas events often produce unnecessary amounts of waste that have devastating effects on our environment. This Christmas, why not plan and run a low-waste event following the simple tips and ideas we have provided below.

  1. Electronic Invites

Paper print invites often end up in the bin, so why not swap them for electronic invites? There are various free platforms you can use to spruce up your invitations including, Canva, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word. Electronic invites also lower costs.

2. Buy and cook only what is needed

We tend to overbuy during the Christmas period. Therefore, buying what is necessary will ensure food will not go to waste. To ensure food doesn’t go to waste this year, start by having your guests RSVP. This will give you an idea of how much food to buy and cook. If you find you have already purchased too much food, try freezing.

3. Leftover/Scrap food

There are often leftover food and scraps after Christmas events which often end up in the bin. Consider alternative ways to make the most of food leftovers, such as, composting scraps, packing leftovers for your loved ones, feeding a pet and donating food to those in need.

4. Using sustainable materials for your event

When planning events, consider using reusable materials rather than disposable ones. These may include reusable cups, straws, plates, cutlery, bags and containers. Doing so will reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill, ensuring our environment is kept clean and safe.

5. Decorations and gift wrapping

Wrapping paper and decorations produce massive amounts of waste. Why not get creative this year and follow some simple DIY ideas for sustainable gift wrapping and decorations. Loads of reusable materials can be incorporated into your wrapping and decorations to avoid buying unnecessary materials. You can find DIY ideas online on Google, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

6. Homemade gifts

Gift shopping can often be overwhelming and time consuming. Personalise your gifts this year by making them yourself. There are many ideas for easy and sustainable gifts on platforms such as Google, Pinterest and Instagram. Some ideas may include soy candles, plants and jewellery.

7. Sustainable waste disposal services

Instant Waste Management specalises in the development and implementation of successful waste event services. We can tailor a package to suit your event’s waste requirements and cater for all scales and event types. We provide a variety of waste and recycle bins, transport to and from locations and, professional maintenance teams. Our range of bins are colour coded for your convenience in identifying different waste streams.

For more information call us today at (08) 9379 2111.