Zero Waste Ideas For Holidays & Celebrations
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!! Shoutout to all the moms out there: the step moms, the yearning to be mothers, the furbaby moms, the grieving moms and those who have lost their mothers. We appreciate you (and love you to bits)!
Those close to me know that I LOVE celebrating and giving gifts; it brings me immense personal joy. Here is what I ended up sending my mom and mother-in-law this Mothers Day:
This fun wellness basket was full of local Toronto products and it was totally waste free! Zero waste gift giving doesn't actually look that hard, does it? If you buy from local sustainable companies it should be easy peasy.
Here are 5 of my favourite tips for celebrating and gift giving - Zero waste style!
1) When looking for eco-friendly decorations or home decor gifts - check out Etsy!
Some of my favourite Canadian Etsy vendors are...
Mae Berry Decor- check their page out for fun felt decor. I am in love with her pom pom garlands and they work perfectly as birthday decor!
Prairie Revive - Jillian makes sustainable canvas banners (customizable as well). These signs are great for giving as a gift.
Botanical Paperworks - here they make customizable seed paper banners that are perfect for bridal showers, weddings, and birthday parties.
2) Skip the balloons!
Balloons are usually made from foil (aka Mylar) or latex.
Foil balloons are not biodegradable at all. Latex, on the other hand, is manufactured from rubber-tree sap, making it biodegradable in its pure form. While latex balloons are 100% the more sustainable choice, most balloons do end up in the ocean or a landfill where animals eat them, mistaking them for food. It is estimated that over 100,000 marine animals die each year from ingesting balloons (New York Times).
Therefore, if you choose to buy balloons make sure they are qualatex latex (not latex mixed with plastic) and they have some type of sustainable string, such as cotton ribbon or hemp! Just make sure not to release them into the sky where they can eventually land in an animal habitat, or cause dangerous power outages.
3) Bake your own cake or order from a local bakery.
Baking your own cake or dessert is definitely the most waste free option to celebrate! Here is my favourite chocolate zucchini cake recipe ever. Never tried a chocolate zucchini cake? Get out your measuring cups right now and bake this! It's the most delicious way you will ever eat your greens.
Not into baking? Here are my favourite local bakeries in Toronto! When ordering, just make sure to mention that you don't want anything wrapped in plastic.
4) Use all natural beeswax, soy or coconut candles (this includes birthday cake candles and home candles).
You can buy birthday cake candles at Logan & Finley (or order online).
My favourite all natural home candles are from LOHN.
5) Wrap your presents in old newspaper, or fabric (learn the furoshiki-style knot).
The furoshiki-style knot is my favourite new find. It looks so cute..think dish towel or scarf, something the person can keep afterwards.
That's all for today - happy celebrating.
Lots of love,