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Cut kitchen waste

Christmas is the perfect time to cut food waste in your home. Australians throw out eight billion dollars’ worth of food every year. That’s four million tonnes of edible food being sent to landfill, peaking in the festive season.
By swapping wasteful habits for a more sustainable approach to planning, shopping and eating our food, we can all play a part in bringing about significant environmental and greenhouse benefits.

Choose green gifts

Consider gifts with a lower environmental impact such as tickets to an event or experiences like a massage. If you are going to buy presents, try for locally made gifts, gifts made from recycled materials and gifts that don’t require batteries.
To make your gift list shorter, try this with the adults in your family:
Before the holiday season begins, put the names of all adult family members on separate slips of paper and put the slips in a hat. Take turns picking one name per adult - the name you pick is your gift recipient. Keep your chosen pick a secret to help maintain an element of surprise. Your gift list is now down to one! You can also try an online secret santa generator.

Green your Christmas with our top tips

  1. If you are thinking about a new Christmas tree, you may like to consider a potted native over a plastic pine tree and then just plant it in your garden when the season is over. Or there are many other environmentally friendly alternatives as well
  2. The holidays are a great time to get away. Make sure you are driving efficiently to save money and greeenhouse emissions
  3. Review your Christmas lights. If you’ve had the same lights for decades, it may be time for an upgrade. There are lots of solar powered and LED alternatives now and only have them on when you can enjoy them (i.e. not when you’re asleep!)
  4. Buy and prepare enough food for you and your guests – but don’t over-cater. If you do end up with lots of left-overs, take the time to store them well so you can enjoy them later
  5. Think creatively about the gifts you give. The holidays are a time to inspire the people around you with your waste wise actions. Use newspaper or your children’s artwork instead of store-bought gift wrap

Jarrahdale Primary School is switched on!

Jarrahdale Primary School has been recognised as a Switched on School for Term 3, 2015. If you are working to make your school more sustainable and are interested in being featured as a Switched on School, please contact us
Earth Aware is Jarrahdale Primary School's unique and holistic approach to sustainability. Every Tuesday morning the school is divided into five mixed-grade groups that rotate through weekly sessions on gardening, cooking, waste reduction, water conservation and information, computing and technology.

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Food waste reduction - Over 55's session

Wednesday 2 December
10:00 am – 11:30 am
City of Vincent Administration and Civic Centre 

Learn about the problem of food waste and how you can take action from your very own kitchen. 

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Probiotic Christmas drinks

Sunday 6 December
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canning River Eco Education Centre, Queens Park Road Wilson
Cost: $25

Instead of giving wine for Christmas this year, how about a bottle of Apple and Cinnamon Kefir or Plum Pudding Kombucha! 

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Frangipani, succulent and plant sale

Saturday 5 December
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Westfield Park Primary School, Camillo 

Support a local school and stock up on plants at this popular community event. 

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Decluttering: All you need is less

Monday 7 December
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Gosnells Knowledge Centre, 2232D Albany Highway, Gosnells 

A reminder to re-use, re-purpose, upcycle, recycle or throw out stuff you don’t need. 

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Catchments, corridors and coasts

Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 January
Cost: $341 or $198 concession

This popular program takes participants on a journey exploring environmental issues of importance to us all and provides a snapshot of environmental education in WA.

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