What has the Sustainability Office been getting up to over the lockdown? Apart from wishing we were in Waiutuutu Community Garden of course…
We’ve been running weekly challenges with community, to share your tips and tricks for living a sustainable life – but from home! We’ve had a heap of fun and learnt a lot from one another along the way. We’d like to share our favourite learnings with the rest of UC in the hope it’ll inspire some of you to do the same.
Want to make Feijoa Fizz from leftover fruit peels? Learn to make homemade Apple Cider Vinegar? Go on a virtual garden tour and learn how to dry herbs? Try a DIY makeup remover? Learn how to shop second hand like a pro (and on a student budget)? Or maybe you’re after some book recommendations? Read on, and let our wonderful sustainable students and staff show you how they’ve been living a little lighter these past few weeks.
Week One: Low Waste Life @ Home! For Week One, we asked our community to share with us how they’ve been reducing their waste footprint at home. Here’s some of our favourite low waste life hacks! For the full run down and more details, see our Week one blog here.
Heather sewing her own produce bags
Lizzy made DIY sugar wax and up-cycled old towels into cleaning rags
Nic blew us away by transforming her family’s neglected compost bin into a thing of wonder (complete with a diagram for the fridge!)
Helena showed us to make Apple Cider Vinegar with leftover apple cores – genius (and cheap!)
Week Two: Sustainable Recipes @ Home! We noticed that in Week One, we received a lot of amazing low waste recipes – and we wanted to learn more! So, for Week Two, we asked our community to share with us their favourite Sustainable Recipes. Enjoy (and we dare you not to feel hungry). For the full recipe lists and photos, see Week Two’s blog here. It’s definitely worth checking out for some serious cooking and creating inspiration!
Imogen made jam from the previously mysterious Strawberry Tree! (Her recipe also featured in the recent Environment issue of Canta Magazine)
Holly made Feijoa Fizz from leftover fruit peels – YUM!
Abby made homemade bagels and topped them with vegan pesto made from Waiutuutu garden greens!
Helena made a Rosemary Hair Rinse from foraged Rosemary
Week Three: Iso Garden Tours! For Week Three, we moved our challenge outdoors and asked our community to take us on a Virtual Garden Tour! We had so much fun, and really did feel like we’d visited your place for a cup of tea. To be taken on the same experience, check out Week Three’s blog here!
Chantelle showed us around her family’s garden – we loved meeting her dad’s worms!
A peak into Fiona’s dreamy outdoor bath and toilet area on her family’s permaculture farm
Jessica showed us her epic Iso Garden Transformation (+ a great pesto recipe)
And we got to see where Lucy has been spending her time in lockdown, plus meet Kimchi the cat!
Week Four: Join the Fashion Revolution! Week Four fell during the global Fashion Revolution Week, and we celebrated by asking our community to share with us how they are taking part. This week we wanted to see how our students and staff were supporting slow, ethical, second hand and fair fashion – and boy they did not disappoint. For the full run down, see Week Four’s blog here.
Ella blew us away with her handmade creations over lockdown: she made a winter coat from a old paint mat, shoes from an old handbag and shoelaces, and taught herself to knit a singlet!
Ngaire and Nuha showing us how to rock second hand clothes like a boss!
Imogen showing us her upcycled threads, and her top and shorts she made from bedsheets and tablecloths!
Naomi hand quilted this beautiful jacket during lockdown
Week Five: Reflections! For our final challenge, we asked our community to take a step back and reflect on their lockdown learnings over the past weeks. For the full stories, see our Week Five blog here.
Varvara shared some beautiful words and her favourite poem that has resonated with her during this time
Plus, some great lockdown reading recommendations!
And Eleanor shared this beautiful video – it’ll give you goosebumps!
Hopefully these tips and tricks from our wonderful UC students and staff will give you a little inspiration and even a new challenge as we face this next chapter. Are you keen to try any of these recipes or ideas? Let us know in the comments below. We’re off to make Holly’s Feijoa Fizz!
Thanks for coming on this journey with us.
Tari Toitū te Taiao | UC Sustainability Office