Buy Less Stuff - Make it Yourself
Replace reckless consumerism with a make-it-yourself mindset. By buying less stuff you are supporting the environment and preserving resources. Besides that, this mindset will encourage your creative initiatives.
Explore the feel-good element of expression with your own signature made products. When planning yours, see if you can use the principles of upcycling.
FOR THE FOODIES
Culinary creatives can cut down on shopping trips and packaging wastage with innovative recipes. Make your own chilli sauces, hummus and jams and store them in recycled glass bottles. Do the same with chocolate brownies and give them away as gifts.
WRAPPING IT UP
Personalised greeting cards can be made from recycling old cards, fabric samples, buttons or pressed flowers. Even wrapping paper can be individualised with colourful cut-outs pasted onto brown paper.
Refurbish tired furniture with a coat of paint or decoupage. Collect candle ends and melt them into new useable candles, add a drop of aromatherapy oil, dried fruit peels or flowers for extra appeal.
Green fingers can harvest their own flowers or decorate pots and plant beautiful bulbs. Swap television time for more expansive levels of recreation.
Try beading, sewing, knitting or scrap booking. Inspirational home projects make great gifts and add a personalised touch to your offering.
IN THE KITCHEN
Google recipes for cleaning solutions - white vinegar, baking soda and lemons are non-toxic and effective alternatives. An old sprayer bottle with a solution of rubbing alcohol, white vinegar and water rivals any window cleaner.