Category Archives: Sustainability

Swap, don’t shop!

We’re bringing Fashion Revolution Week to UC, with our annual Clothes Swap event!
Come and kōrero about the impacts of fast fashion on our people & planet AND take real action by choosing to swap, not shop!
We’re holding this Clothes Swap event to educate, inspire and celebrate the joys of choosing slow fashion, and talk about how we can each play our part in creating a better future for the fashion industry.
Plus, who doesn’t love free, funky, thrifted threads?!
What: Clothes Swap!
When: Wednesday 5 May, 11am – 1pm. Clothes can be dropped off from 9am.
Where: Te Rua Makerspace, Level 2, Puaka James-Hight Library
What to bring: Yourself, your friends, your max 15 items to donate to the swap, and a reusable bag to take your new threads home in!
See the Facebook event here for more info and all the details on how to participate in the swap.
Why are clothes swaps so important?

The most sustainable item of clothing is the one already inside your wardrobe!

By choosing to swap clothes instead of buying something new, you’re reducing your clothing carbon footprint, reducing water use and pollution, and standing up for gender equality, garment workers rights, and saying ‘no thanks’ to an industry that is often causing more harm than good. Plus, by choosing to move away from fast fashion and everything it stands for, you’re taking real action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. For more information and resources like the infographics below, we recommend checking out the Fashion Revolution website here.

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Explore your campus community garden!

Did you know UC has a beautiful community garden, just a few minutes’ walk from the middle of campus?

Come and see it for yourself! We invite you to join us and explore Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) at our Garden Open Day this Friday 12 March. You’ll be able to check out our garden, learn about organic gardening practices, ask about our upcoming sustainable living workshops, and see how you can be involved as a volunteer in our weekly garden working bees.

The outdoor pizza oven will be cranking, so you can enjoy a wood-fired garden pizza while you explore!

What: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) Open Day

When: Friday 12 March,  drop in between 12pm – 130pm

Where: Waiutuutu Community Garden, follow the stream path from Engineering Road towards Ilam Fields. Look for the sign!

See the Facebook event here for more information.

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The Edible Campus Project is complete!

Thanks to the Geospatial Research institute, we are excited to present to you our Edible Campus Story Map! This is an interactive map designed to encourage people around the UC campus to appreciate and enjoy the wonderful fruit trees and berries on offer. Any feedback would be appreciated as the map is currently in its final draft form as we work through a few issues, however, it is ready to be used and enjoyed. Feedback can be sent directly to our UC Sustainability Facebook page and the Edible Campus Story map can be accessed here

Ash and I have had a blast working on this project alongside Chloe and Matt in the Sustainability Office and we can’t wait to share it with you all. This project has involved a lot of research, fruit tree examining and hunting. I personally have learnt about so many exciting things around campus such as these fruit trees and the community garden. One of my favourite memories would be discovering a selection of delicious fruit trees such as peaches, apricots and apples all along the wall behind the Ilam apartments.

We would like to extend a big thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute for making this project possible. It has been such an exciting project to work on. We hope you have a blast forging for delicious and local food! 🍐🍊🍑

This photo is taken from a video Ash and I made to accompany the map, which can be viewed here.

Thank you very much, we hope you enjoy the map!

Ash & Zin