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All I want for Christmas is…less stuff

The festive season can bring out the best in us when it comes to good will and generosity and the worst in us when in comes to waste and clutter. Below are some strategies that may help you head into 2017 with less stuff and less waste.
  1. Re-gift. If you received it last year and you still haven’t used it, give it to someone who will
  2. Try secret santa. This way each member of the family only gives and receives one gift
  3. Give experiences, check out these low-waste gift ideas for children from 1 million women
  4. One in, one out. If you love the mug you received from your mum, be sure to donate an old one to a local thrift shop to prevent cluttered cupboards.
  5. Gift a book. If you need space on your bookshelf but can’t bear to get rid of a good book, try giving it a glowing review and passing it on to a good friend. This way you’ll know it’s loved not lost
  6. Let go of guilt. Stop giving out of guilt, stop holding on to things out of guilt. The holidays are a time of joy, make that the focus
  7. Share your story. Let friends and family know your goals (simplicity, space, time, love, not stuff)
Find out more ways to cut waste

Beans and bunches recognised as a Switched on business

Floristry is focussed on the beauty of nature, but often produces a lot of plastic and other difficult to recycle waste. Stacey Lenstra started Beans and Bunches in Northbridge with a focus on waste reduction.

Find out more about Switched on business

Parkwood Primary School recognised as a Switched on School

Parkwood Primary School in the City of Canning has been a local leader in sustainability for over two decades. The school recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a Waterwise School and attracted national acclaim for their top ten ranking in the Cool Australia Enviroweek awards.

Find out more about Switched on schools

Results are in for Young Re-inventor of the Year

Re-invent rubbish into something you can wear or upcycle old clothes into something new. This was the challenge set for Young Re-inventor of the Year 2016 and over 100 re-inventions were submitted from across Perth.

Winning entries included a hat weaved from plastic bags, jewellery made from magazines, a hat decorated with tea bag tags and dresses made from candy wrappers, upcycled clothes and old electrics.

Armadale Primary School, Pearsall Primary School, Halls Head College and John Wollaston Anglican Community School along with individual entrants Jazmyn Schou and Aniela Matkowski will share in $3000 in sustainability prizes.
Young Re-inventor of the Year 2016 was proudly supported by REmida.

Find out more about Young Re-inventor of the Year

This project was funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account

Night stalks at Mary Carroll Park

Friday 2 December
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Mary Carroll Park, Eudoria Street, Gosnells

Join local naturalist Marc Lane for sights and sounds of a wetland at night.

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Decluttering: All I want for Christmas is less (stuff)

Wednesday 14 December 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Canning River Eco Education Centre

Investigate strategies to get your home organised with less 'stuff' and practical tips to keep it that way over Christmas.

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Catchments, corridors and coasts

Wednesday 18 January – Friday 20 January
All day
Various locations

Snorkelling in the ocean, walking in the bush, getting up close and personal with native fauna, sharing experiences with environmental educators – these are just some of the activities you can expect when you participate in the action packed Catchments, Corridors and Coasts.

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Great Gardens: Inspiring your beautiful garden

Thursday 23 February
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
City of South Perth Civic Centre Community Hall

Great Gardens is a multi-award winning programme delivered by The Forever Project that directly addresses a major popular cultural shift of the last decade: sustainable living.

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Pinjarra Community Garden Open Day

Saturday 3 December
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pinjarra Community Garden

Come find out how you can grow your own fruit and veg and join in, share and help evolve the space that has been built for the community.

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Re-invention school holiday workshop

Wednesday 18 January
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mundijong Public Library

Young people will learn how to manage their environmental footprint and reduce waste in this hands-on workshop.

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Living Smart

Every Wednesday 8 February – 22 March
City of South Perth Civic Centre

Living Smart is a practical, hands-on seven week course facilitated by sustainability experts Shani Graham and Tim Darby.

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