Ao Tawhiti Sustainable Christmas Market

  • Posted on: 25 October 2019
  • By: KateArmour
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In this project, social enterprise meets sustainability, meets Christmas. And, how sustainable is yours? Are the gifts you give and receive, beautiful, thoughtful, local or useful?

Your challenge in this project is to identify a sustainable Christmas issue such as packaging, waste, or unwanted presents and to create a gift to sell in response. You will design your gift, draw up a budget, create your gifts advertise and sell them at our Sustainable Christmas Market at the end of term. You have two main aims: to sell a product which will contribute to a sustainable future and to break even (pay back your costs.) You may or may not make a profit, but the planet will.

1. How will I get money to make my products?
Ideally, you will reuse and recycle to keep your costs and the cost to the planet low. However, we will create a micro-finance scheme from which groups can apply for a loan to fund their costs. Each participant who can, will bring $20 to the project to start this fund. You should get some of this money returned to you if most groups manage to break-even. If you can’t afford this, that’s ok.

2. Can I work on my own or in a group?
You decide. A group will be able to borrow more money from our bank although we will agree this together.

3. What year level?

4. What if I don’t celebrate Christmas?
No problem. You can focus on sustainable gifts for other occasions.

5. How could my product contribute to a sustainable future?
It might have no packaging, use recycled materials, encourage its buyer to start a sustainable habit, or be hand-made by you.

6. Can my parents and friends help?

This project is offered in both project slots. If you have a grand idea for a product and you know you’ll need eight hours a week to achieve it. Pick this project twice. If you have a simpler idea (eg. homemade treats), then four hours a week should be enough time.

Sustainable Product and Service Ideas: wax wraps, starter jars for a sustainable habit (eg. laundry items or ingredients for vegan bliss balls), sustainable wrapping service, natural bath bombs, lip balms, second hand books, recycled toys, woollen socks, up-cycled clothes, scrunchies, kombucha, Christmas cards, your art-work, t-shirts with a message, shopping bags...