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4 weeks to Christmas – Zero Waste Presents

Evelyn Rath, Zero Waste Austria

The time before Christmas is often the most stressful period of the year. We are storming shopping-centres, searching for small

and big presents for our partner, children, friends, colleagues, neighbours … For people who in fact own already everything

and even too much. Presents shouldn’t be a burden, but sometimes they are.


If you think that REFUSE gifts is too drastic, you might like to REDUCE them. In return you will have the time and energy

to choose them carefully and give joy to only one or two special persons. Here we have a list of sustainable gift ideas for you.


Self Made presents are not at all antiquated. What about a lotion bar, made of beeswax, Shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils

for your best friend or your sister? Homemade jam, canned vegetables or seasoned salt in a beautiful glass are always welcome too.

With a sewing machine you can easily produce beautiful cloth napkins, bread bags or small toy food.

Recipe for 1 lotion bar

30 g beeswax pellets

30 g Shea butter

30 g coconut oil

5 drops of sweet orange oil

Melt beeswax pellets, Shea butter and coconut oil in a glass bowl over a pot with hot water. Add the essential oil, stir well

and pour the liquid into a small silicone mold. After it’s hardened you will be able to remove the bar easily.

Local handicraft

Beautiful handmade gloves, soaps, fashion jewellery or exquisite gifts made of wood can be bought without packaging, have short

transport routes and help small local businesses at the same time. And every piece is unique!

Zero Waste Lifestyle articles

Even people who do not (yet) live Zero Waste appreciate a stylish stainless steel bottle, a solid shampoo with aloe vera or a complete

Zero Waste wellness kit.

Second Hand

Break a taboo: buy second hand or give a nice object of your own, which your friend has always admired.

Look at the topic from a different angle: old objects are not old but “vintage”.

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