Waste-Free Holidays and Birthdays


With Fasching Dienstag right around the corner and Easter only forty days behind, we thought the community may want a little advice on waste-free holidays (and Birthdays too).  The folks at LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei put together this list of tips for our community.

The Feast: Who says holidays and birthdays need to be all hustle and bustle? At  LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei we are pretty sure, a nice shared dinner is on top of the agenda for any holiday or family event. Set up the menu together, keep it easy, and come to LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei in Vienna to shop for all your zero-waste ingredients.  We celebrate with food and desserts at every event, consider a recipe for sustainable vegan cake.  With some coconut icing and sprinkles, it is a showstopper at the end of any family feast, and the perfect spring flavours.  With all your leftovers, because you know you will have them, pack them in Abeego Foodwrap; a reusable bees’ wax wrap that breathes.  This will help you limit your family’s use of aluminium foil and plastic wrap.

Photo Credit: Krottendorfer Courtesy of: LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei
Photo Credit: Krottendorfer Courtesy of: LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei


Presents: There are plenty of options to re-think gift giving.  Skip all presents and invest all the time into your family and friends, going for relaxing walks and cooking a delicious meal. Cooking could become a whole-day experience, starting with a brunch and cocktails in the afternoon, ending with a zero-waste holiday or birthday feast.  For birthdays, you can think about ways to spend time with the special person, make a memory as opposed to giving them something else to store.


If you really want to give a gift, perhaps you can consider a new option. There are many makers in Vienna who work exclusively in upcycled goods, you can find them at events like Edelstoffe and Feschmarkt.  Certainly, you can also make presents for your loved ones – hand knitted scarves, embroidered handkerchiefs, or hand sewn pyjama pants are always welcome gifts. If you are looking for great ideas come and check out LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei as they also offer a huge variety of zero waste cosmetics and household-equipment, especially if you don’t have time to make something by hand.


Family and Friend Holidays: Sometimes we focus too much on the material trappings around any holiday; presents, eggs, chocolates, costumes, etc.  It amounts to a large volume of stuff that no one wants or needs.  Maybe spending time doing things with your family and friends Is a better way forward.  Go see a movie together, take a nature walk and enjoy the changes from winter to spring.   As the weather warms, go for a picnic, and admire Vienna’s gardens.  These are all waste free options and create stronger bonds between loved ones.

lunzers greißlerei 14.3.2014 (c) julia fuchs
lunzers greißlerei 14.3.2014 (c) julia fuchs


Holidays for others: If you feel like giving back, look out for community events or cooking-session in homeless shelters.  Find a way for you and your loved ones to volunteer together.  Create a memorable experience and give back at the same time.


LUNZERS Maß-Greißlerei

Heinestraße 35

1020 Vienna