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Plastic Free July: what we learned

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Hey guys! George, Juliet and Poppy here! As part of Plastic Free July, we have been working with UC Sustainability to share with you guys how we have been cutting down on our single use plastics, both on and off campus. You might have seen Poppy’s takeover on the UC Sustainability Instagram (@ucsustain, check it out!), but if you missed it, here’s what we have been up to this month.

The top four single use plastics are plastic bags, cups (coffee cups), plastic straws and plastic cutlery. There has been some progress around UC in terms of providing alternatives for single use plastics which we think is rad, but there is also a lot you can do to help! This can be as simple as buying a bamboo toothbrush (super hip and not expensive – literally $5), bringing your own coffee cup and lunch container to uni, dining in at restaurants/cafes or bringing your own reusable bags to the supermarket.

We have taken it to the next step, by heading out around Christchurch on our bikes in search of a few more ways to reduce the use of single use plastics and save some pennies at the same time!

Our favourite locations for bulk food and household items:

Bin Inn – Stanmore Road, also Lincoln Road and Hawke Street (New Brighton).

What we loved:

  • How strongly they encourage you to bring your own container/jar to reduce costs and eliminate packaging (you’ll never throw away another jam jar again!)
  • Every type of bulk food imaginable i.e. oats, nuts, couscous, rice, pasta, muesli, spices, lentils
  • Even liquids such as oils, honey, molasses, vinegar… on tap!
  • General household items i.e. dishwashing liquid, spray and wipe, laundry powder and dish wash powder (just BYO bottles, and/or tip the liquids into old spray bottles when you’re home)
  • Friendly service – the Bin Inn in New Brighton has a ‘Jar Library’ to help you out if you forget to bring enough jars/containers.

Serious money saver!! Bulk items are always so much cheaper than pre-packaged supermarket 

  • alternatives, plus you also get an extra 5% off if you BYO containers.

See Bin Inn’s videos for handy tips on bulk shopping!

Our favourite thing about Bin Inn was making our own peanut butter, it is cheap! The little jar in the picture was about $2 of peanut butter.

Piko Wholefoods – Corner of Barbadoes Street and Kilmore Street

What we loved:

  • The range of certified organic bulk foods available i.e. rice, lentils and oats – a huge range of gluten free options too
  • Also yummy tea, coffee and breads etc.
  • They are big supporters of Fair Trade products – LOTS of fair trade tea, coffee, sugar, nuts, spices, cold drinks, cocoa and chocolate options! YAY!
  • It’s encouraged to bring your own container/jar for your bulk goods (or they often have spare containers there for you to use!)
  • A wide variety of ingredients/items either wrapped in paper or in packaging that looks like plastic BUT can be composted in your home compost bin!
  • A little more pricey, but a great place to visit for your specialty goods, or yummy treats. Although the maple syrup (buy it on tap) was the cheapest we’ve seen anywhere! Yum!
  • Nice vibe and super friendly people. They also run yoga workshops and classes in the upstairs space!

We hope this helps anyone out there who is trying to be a little more plastic free (and for those already doing it! Go you!). All these little changes do make a huge difference, plus they are fun, and give you a sense of satisfaction to know that you are doing something positive for the planet and your pennies.

Huge thanks to Poppy, Juliet and George for their Plastic Free July inspiration! We think the tip about the peanut butter is awesome, what was your favourite? #plasticfreejuly

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YMCA Youth awards – UC Community Action award: nominations close 31 July

Youth Voice Canterbury are excited to bring back the YMCA Canterbury Youth Awards for a second time to celebrate the amazing things that young people are doing in our communities! Youth in Canterbury are doing lots of great things and in 2018 we’re pulling together even more categories to create more opportunities to acknowledge our region’s rangatahi. 

Have you considered nominating someone for the UC Community Action Award?

Nominations opened at the beginning of July and close at 11pm on Tuesday 31st July 2018. If you’re keen to nominate someone you will need to provide:

  • Your details (the nominator)
  • Their details such as name, age, email, contact phone (the nominee)
  • Select the category you wish to nominate them for (can be more than one)
  • A referee

Tell us why you are nominating this person! You might include activities they are involved in, how they contribute to the community, something they’re achieved, how they’ve demonstrated leadership… anything that aligns to the criteria and category that the person/group is nominated for

CATEGORIES

There are many categories designed to recognise amazing people in our region including young people, youth groups, adults that support young people, and two new categories for Christchurch children! Check out the categories below:
 

  • Wayne Francis Charitable Trust Leadership Award
  • PYLAT Commitment to Wellbeing Award
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation Advocate for Inclusion and Diversity Award
  • University of Canterbury Community Action Award
  • YMCA Young Champion Award
  • Youth Voice Canterbury Te Tohu Tokomaha (group award)
  • Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Te Tohu Hihiri Taumata(supporting youth award)

We also have categories to recognise just one outstanding young person from each District:

  • Te Hā o Mātauranga Supreme Youth Award for Kaikoura
  • Supreme Youth Award for Hurunui
  • Matt Doocey Supreme Youth Award for Waimakariri
  • Norman Kirk Supreme Youth Award for Christchurch
  • Supreme Youth Award for Selwyn
  • Andrew Falloon MP Supreme Youth Award for Ashburton
  • Andrew Falloon MP Supreme Youth Award for Timaru

Find out more and nominate someone now>

Red Zone Futures Exhibition open until 30 June

Regenerate Christchurch are developing a draft Regeneration Plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, and their Red Zone Futures Exhibition showcases the shortlisted land uses for this important area of the city.

Regenerate Christchurch welcome everyone to view the exhibition and give feedback, which will help shape the future of Christchurch and that of future generations.

You’ll find the exhibition at 99 Cashel Street, Christchurch, 10.00am – 3.00pm daily (or until 7.00pm Thursdays).

Or you can view it online here>