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Yukon Montessori School at the re:design Craft FairDecember 6, 2018
Craft fair season means lots of chances to buy great local, handmade products that are durable, support local artisans, and don’t come with lots of plastic packaging.
When it comes to local craft fairs, re:design is one of our favourites, as it showcases local artisans embracing creative reuse and making items out of repurposed goods.
Local artisans Leslie Leong (Leslie Leong Arts) and Darren Holcombe (Laberge Lumber Co.) have been organizing the event for four years, and this year was another success! This year, we teamed up with students from Yukon Montessori School to talk holiday waste reduction at the fair.
Montessori teacher Kelly Scott and her keen students set up two tables at the fair. They talked about single-use bag reduction and offered handmade gift tags to craft fair patrons. The gift tags were a big hit, and the students managed to raise close to $200 for their school!
Reusable cloth bags and beeswax food wrap samples were given away to craft fair patrons
The fair also provided lots of opportunities to chat with people about holiday waste reduction. As Christmas can be a very wasteful time of year, this was a valuable opportunity to chat about ways we can reduce our footprint over the holidays. If you’re looking for tips on a waste-free Christmas, check out our Zero Waste Advent Calendar for 25 days of Zero Waste gift ideas. Be sure to also check out our 12 days of Alternative Gift Wrap page for creative ways to wrap presents without using hard to recycle wrapping paper.
The fair also presented a great opportunity to chat about a policy solution to the problem of single-use bags. Zero Waste Yukon is campaigning to reduce single-use bags in Yukon, in order to prevent litter and save precious resources. Learn more about our campaign by visiting our Think Outside The Bag page!
Lots of great input was collected from the public about a potential policy to reduce single-use bags. Many craft fair attendees supported a ban on single-use plastic bags.
We’re looking forward to working with the bright and passionate students at Yukon Montessori School again soon. Keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to Bring Your Own Bag to all the upcoming craft fairs in Whitehorse!