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More things that matter, less waste

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During the festive season, Australians will…

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During the festive season, Australians will…

Throw

0 %

of their food away

Use

0 km

of wrapping paper, enough to go around the world four times

Get given

$ 0

MILLION worth of unwanted gifts

This makes our waste crisis worse.

Throw

0 %

of their food away

Use

0 km

of wrapping paper, enough to go around the world four times

Get given

$ 0

MILLION worth of unwanted gifts

This makes our waste crisis worse, causing serious damage to the environment.
For many of us it stretches the budget too thin, causing financial stress.

What is the No-Waste-Mas Challenge?

Waste and environmental destruction don’t need to be a part of Christmas. 
We can focus more on what really matters to us, and reduce our impact on the environment.

The No-Waste-Mas Challenge is a commitment to making a few small changes in how you celebrate the holiday season.

You decide what those changes are – there’s no right way to do it!

What Can I Do?

Here are some suggestions to get you started

Gifts

Buy secondhand, local and ethical. Or give an experience.

Food

Plan an all Aussie menu to cut down on food miles and support local farmers. Ask people to bring tupperware to take some home!

Wrapping Paper

You don't need wrapping paper to make someone feel special. Try newspaper, or a child's drawings.

Entertaining

Avoid disposable plates and cutlery (even biodegradable aren’t great). Borrow, hire or buy secondhand

Gifts

Rather than giving things, give experiences! Offer to clean your sister’s home, take your niece to the zoo, have a family picnic where you do all the work, etc.

Food

Try an all-Aussie menu!
This cuts down your food miles, supports local farmers, and often means you’re getting something both tastier and more nutritious.

Decorations

Keep a tree in a pot.
You can pop it outside when the festive season is done, and bring it back in for Christmas time!

Gifts

Don’t want anything yourself? Let people know! Or nominate a preferred charity and point them towards that.

Entertaining

Avoid disposable plates and cutlery (even biodegradable aren’t great). Borrow, hire or buy secondhand

Gifts

When shopping, consider getting gifts secondhand, or from local producers who consider their environmental impact

Food

Plan, plan, plan. Buy enough for everyone, but not too much, and have a plan for leftovers - like asking your guests to bring tupperware to take some home!

Wrapping Paper

You don't need wrapping paper to make someone feel special. Try newspaper, or your child's drawings.

Want more? We’ll email you a list of ideas when you take the challenge

Need a gift for a Waste Warrior?

Need a gift for a Waste Warrior?

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Most of us love giving and (and getting!) gifts, it’s one of the ways we show people that we love them.

But we also know that almost everything we buy impacts the environment.

Give someone you love a Transform Waste Sponsorship, and you can both feel good about making a real difference this Christmas!

I'll take the No-Waste-Mas Challenge!

This festive season I will make a few small changes to reduce my waste.

Sign the pledge and become part of our community!  We’ll send you a list of things you can do for a No-Waste Christmas, our 12 days of No-Waste-Mas tips, and stories about people like you taking the challenge.

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