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Sustainable Students Blog: Refill not Landfill

Ever seen an image like the one below and gotten mad eco-anxiety?

Ever wondered how you can reduce your own waste (to avoid images like above) but don’t know where to start?

This new series of blogs written by uni students for uni students will tackle this issue, to make being an eco-warrior easier, cheaper, and less time-consuming!


We all know that drinking water is ESSENTIAL to our health, particularly concentration while in lectures or smashing out those assignments. And with images of plastic bottles washing up on our beaches, we know it’s time to STOP being a part of this problem.

We reckon the easiest way to start off your eco-warrior journey is to bring your own bottle to uni, and be a part of the Refill not Landfill movement!

Benefits: save so much money (how expensive is bottled water to buy though), stay hydrated, save the world, feel like a super hero… the list goes on.

Use: any bottle you already own and keep reusing it! Make sure you clean it regularly and if it’s a bit manky, chuck a few grains of uncooked rice in the bottle with a tiny bit of water and shake around – it’s pretty magic at removing the scungy bits.

How: You’ll be surprised at how many water fountains and refill stations we have on our campus! In fact, UC Sustainability is teaming up with RefillNZ to bring you some snazzy posters showing exactly where to find them, so you’re never caught dehydrated (or having to use a single use bottle) again!



Challenge yourself this month to bring your drink bottle every day, everywhere you go.

Keep an eye for our next sustainable student bog, for more tips on how to be a super savvy eco-warrior!

Written by Helena Ruffell, see more of her sustainable student life hacks on Instagram: @eatsleepsustain

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UC Law student’s visit to Washington, USA

UC Law student, Cameron Eade shares his experience in Washington which included an exciting visit from the captain himself…

“Underground tunnels, exploring the White House, and a visit from Captain America himself. For two and a half months, this was our daily reality while interning at the United States House of Representatives in Washington DC. Throughout this time we assisted in various legislative research projects, attended congressional hearings, and answered many “fruitful” phone calls from very passionate constituents troubled by their government. Perhaps the most amazing part of working in Congress was never knowing who we would pass by in the corridors – whether that be sharing an elevator with Ilhan Omar, eating lunch beside Jerry Nadler in the cafeteria, or having AOC physically bump into us. Being political junkies, we often had to pinch ourselves to check we weren’t really dreaming.

If we had to sum up the experience in three words, they would be chaotic, insightful, and unforgettable. With both impeachment and Iranian tensions dominating headlines for our entire internship, we got a truly first-hand experience of the polarised American world of “Democrats vs. Republicans”. It was often daunting to witness the broad influence misinformation and alternative facts has across their society, but nevertheless a vital learning opportunity. We were sad to say goodbye to Washington, but left feeling fulfilled with our countless experiences (and, most importantly, a selfie with Chris Evans).”

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Wanted: Sustainability Social Media Contributors!


Consider yourself a bit of a sustainable student? One who is also pretty handy on a phone and keen to share their tips and tricks? The Sustainability Office is on the look-out for volunteer student contributors for their social media channels for 2020, and we’d love to hear from you!

We need some sustainability superstars who are keen to get involved with us, and contribute to regular blogs, pieces in CANTA, and posts on our social media channels. We’re on the lookout for 3 – 4 creative and passionate students to work alongside us throughout the year, and help us engage with our community about the sustainability issues of today.

Sound like a bit of you? Flick our Engagement Coordinator Chloe an email on, or slide into our DMs on @ucsustain with a bit of info about yourself, and what your sustainability passions are. We can work together to create a cool communications project – so get in touch.

This work will be eligible for your Co-Curricular Record (and will look epic on your CV!)

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