Austin, we know you love to shop local and support our creative, talented community of artists and makers! So join us in support of the City of Austin’s Shop Zero Waste initiative. This season, the City of Austin encourages us to think a little differently about our holiday shopping by giving gifts that also give back to the environment. Instead of shopping for name brand gifts at big stores, we can support local and eco-friendly businesses instead. Shop Zero Waste challenges us to reduce waste by seeking unique gifts from Austin-owned vendors that sell recycled, upcycled, or reused items.

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Photo from the Austin Creative Reuse Facebook page

You can search for small businesses that support Shop Zero Waste in an online directory found at LocallyAustin.org. This website includes listings of Austin businesses that provide fun alternatives to buying new, featuring holiday gifts that are [Re]made, [Re]paired and [Re]shared. You can help reduce waste, discover unique items, save money, and reduce clutter by purchasing items from these businesses.

slsz-ad-1Achieving Austin’s Zero Waste goal requires new ways of thinking about how we buy, use and dispose of everyday items. Instead of buying brand new, shop Zero Waste and help benefit our local economy and keep products out of landfills, all while still knocking out your holiday shopping list.

Visit LocallyAustin.org for creative and unique gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season that no one else could give.