The people of Austin love supporting the local community and culture with gusto! It’s a trait many of us hold near to our hearts, and try to abide by every day. Love for local artists and makers is evident all year round, at markets and pop-ups. Let’s continue to show support this holiday season by being part of The City of Austin’s Shop Zero Waste program.
Shop Zero Waste encourages consumers to think twice about gifting, by purchasing products and services that give back. You can support the local economy and reduce waste while you do your shopping this season. Check out LocallyAustin.org for a list of businesses participating in Shop Zero Waste. With more than 100 participating businesses, every sector and interest is represented. Read on for some of our favorites!
1/ Austin Brewery Tours
A brewery tour has to be the easiest gift to give an Austinite. It’s bound to be fun and enjoyable, and who’d mind a day of tasting craft beer? The best part is that you end up supporting several Austin businesses by going on a multi-stop brewery tour. Austin Brewery Tours plans everything. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride..and the beer.
Price: $80-90 per person
2/ Austin Creative Reuse
If your gifting plans involve crafts and DIY, head to Austin Creative Reuse, a nonprofit organization that sells reusable materials. They even have an on-site workshop to stretch your creative muscles!
6406 N IH35 #1801 – Website
3/ Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing
Locally-owned Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing has a fantastic collection from the 1950’s to 1990’s. Blue Velvet also carries a notable selection of accessories like bags and shoes that make for easy presents.
217 W. North Loop Blvd. – Website
➡️ Keep reading: “Spend a Day Shopping Vintage in Austin’s North Loop Neighborhood”
4/ Silk and Sage Design Studio
Silk and Sage stocks eco-friendly products for DIY projects of various sizes. The studio holds free demonstrations of creative techniques to up your furniture and interior design game. There’s a good selection of housewares and comprehensive workshops that instruct in painting furniture, creative finishes, or even Christmas ornaments. Silk and Sage Design Studio workshops are a great gift for anyone.
2700 W. Anderson Lane #228 – Website
5/ Toybrary Austin
If you’re a parent to know someone with young kids, Toybrary is an essential! It’s a toy-lending library stocked with toys for kids ages 5 months to 6 years. A membership to Toybrary is an effective way to keep the young ones entertained, save money, and avoid clutter. Memberships are available for 3-, 6-, and 12-month durations.
Price: $40 – $50 depending on membership level
7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101 – Website
@theAustinot wants to know:
Which local businesses do you support in order to decrease waste?