The sun is out, it’s school holidays, so let’s make the most of it. Here’s how to enjoy your summer with minimal impact on your wallet and the environment!
Bring your own plates
There’s no better time to pull out the stack of forgotten tupperware containers at the back of the pantry… Many food festivals and community events offer biodegradable packaging and encourage you to bring your own plates and cutlery.
And a growing number of restaurants now accept takeaway containers and even offer discounts! Find participating restaurants in your area.
Get active on a budget
Always wanted to try tennis, golf, or kayaking? Head over to secondhand stores like the Balcatta Recycling Shop and find sports gear and games to keep you occupied all summer.
Enjoy free events
Wherever you live in Perth, there’s plenty of activities to get involved with over the next few weeks. Here’s a few free ones to look out for:
Fringe World (17th Jan – 16th Feb): Perth’s biggest festival of theatre, comedy, circus, and all things artsy returns with a huge range of shows. Here are the free and community events and information on finding accessible activities.
Chinese New Year (25th Jan – 9th Feb): Head to the city to celebrate the Year of the Rat with art installations, entertainment, a food festival, and wheelchair accessibility.
Australia Day Skyworks (26th Jan): Picnic areas and entertainment are available at Langley Park, Kings Park, and South Perth foreshore. Full details and map here.
Or simply make your own event! Grab friends, food, and drink and spend time at a local park or reserve.
Go with natural or homemade food
When catering for parties and dinners, opt for finger foods that need little or no cutlery, like curry puffs. It’s a good way to cook healthy meals, save clean up, and avoid packaging. If all else fails go organic and serve fruit and veg with dip.
Finish your DIY or home renovation project
This is the time of the year to get on top of any upcycling or home repair jobs. But instead of buying new, head first to the BRS to pick up tools, paint, and anything else you need to complete the project once and for all.