Category Archives: Sustainability

Make a free beeswax wrap!

Feel like getting hands on for #PlasticFreeJuly? Come and make a free DIY beeswax wrap with UC Sustainability & Te Rua Makerspace! 🍯
Drop into our fun & free workshop, and be guided through the process of making a FREE reusable food wrap to replace single use cling film in your life.
What: DIY Beeswax Wrap Workshop
When: Thursday 29 July, drop in from 12pm – 2pm
Where: Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2, Central Library)
Cost: Free!
Each wrap takes roughly 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and is made with repurposed cotton and organic beeswax.
We will provide everything you need for the workshop. You are more than welcome to BYO fabric if you have something at home in mind – however please make sure this is 100% cotton.
See the Facebook event here for more information, and check out the video from last year’s event to get excited!


What is Te Rua Makerspace?
Te Rua Makerspace is a physical space in UC’s Central Library where learning is made practical by applying a range of disciplines to explore ideas, solve problems and build things through making. Make the most of the Makerspace and attend one of their many free workshops during term time, or drop in to use their facilities any time. Find Te Rua Makerspace on Level 2 of the Central Library. Walk in, turn left, come on in!
Curious about how you can live with less plastic this month? Check out heaps of tips on the Plastic Free July website, or follow the Sustainability Office on social media.

Sustainable Futures – where nature and knowledge collide

Where nature and knowledge collide, University of Canterbury researchers are building Sustainable Futures. Throughout July, we are sharing some of the innovative research University of Canterbury people are creating to grow society’s understanding of the natural world and shape a sustainable future for generations to come.

Check out how Ben and William, founders of KiwiFibre Innovations are turning ti kōuka (cabbage tree) and harakeke (flax) into new natural composite materials. Read the story>

In cultivating a spirit of curiosity, we contribute to the pool of diverse knowledge to pass on to the next generation and inspire and empower future researchers to overcome the challenges of the changing world. Through tiakitanga we will enhance and nurture our resources – He kaitiaki tatou katoa.

See University of Canterbury research building towards Sustainable Futures.

#StudentSuccess How ‘green’ buildings are good for people and the planet

MiNDFOOD magazine spoke to architectural engineer and civil engineering PhD student Fatma Abdelaal about sustainable building design and improving homes for the health of people and the planet. Read more>

“Considering that around 1 per cent of new buildings worldwide are constructed to be zero carbon, it is a real challenge to the building industry that every building on the planet must be net zero carbon by 2050. But luckily, the design techniques and technologies for sustainable buildings are available, so this target is achievable.”