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City encourages Austinites to ‘gift differently’

Monday, November 30, 2020 by Tai Moses

Austin Resource Recovery has launched a new campaign this holiday season aimed at encouraging Austinites to change their shopping habits and generate less waste. The Give a Great Story campaign asks people to rethink the way they gift and offer friends and family gifts that are DIY, repaired, thrifted or reused. “Instead of buying the newest gadget or toy (which may end up in the landfill), Austinites should consider spending time with friends and family in new ways, learning a new skill online with your loved ones or giving a pre-loved gift this year,” says the news release, adding, “Giving zero waste gifts over newly purchased or produced items also benefits the local economy, keeps valuable items out of the landfill, and avoids spending the energy and resources required to manufacture new products.” Here are a few zero-waste gift ideas from ARR to help get you started:

  • Purchase an online, skill-development class (cooking, music lessons, painting)
  • Support Austin’s art scene virtually (online theater performances, art galleries/exhibits, concerts)
  • Turn a teacup or basket from a local thrift store into a planter
  • Resole and polish a favorite pair of boots

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