Eco-conscious Queenstown mum Belinda Crichton is only too aware the festive period and its aftermath is the most wasteful time of year.
And with three young kids to clear up after, from left, Bianca, 7, Luke, 3, and five-year-old Jasmine, she and husband Jeremy ensure recycling is a family affair.
“People should pause for a minute and ask themselves if what they are about to throw out could be used for something else instead,” she says.
Here Crichton gives a few handy hints on how to cut down on waste…
- Grow your own vegetables. That way you can pick and use only what you need as you go along. It also cuts down on excess packaging on goods bought from supermarkets
- Use good-quality plastic plates, cutlery and glasses instead of paper ones for parties and barbeques. They can be used time and time again
- Keep empty egg cartons, cardboard boxes and milk bottle tops and give them to schools and kindergartens for arts and crafts
- Find a hungry dog to wolf down some left-over food