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Amazing people doing great things locally, nationally and internationally and opportunities for students to volunteer and get involved with community projects.

Going Zero Waste as a Student

Many of us want to reduce our waste, but it can seem like a huge task, especially for busy students.

Frankie Desmond spoke to Masters student Helena Ruffell about her journey towards minimising waste, which she shares on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

Helena was inspired to start cutting back on waste by “images of coastlines and oceans full of plastic… especially those involving marine organisms and seabirds.”

“Another big influence was the fact that our landfills will just keep filling up… There will be a point where there will be no room for our waste to go.”

Helena found some aspects of reducing waste to be challenging.
“I definitely struggled with having time to make my own lunch and going supermarket shopping.

It added a couple of extra minutes to my day but I thank myself now for taking that extra time, to avoid processed and greasy fast foods!”
Helena has also noticed other benefits from her lifestyle changes, alongside reducing her waste.

“I’m eating much healthier! I’m saving lots of money not buying processed foods, and I have a lot more energy as a result. It’s also really handy just popping out to the garden to get some herbs for dinner.”

For students wanting to minimise waste, Helena suggests moving away from packaged foods as a good first step. “Instead of buying packaged crackers, scones or muffins, you can easily whip some up on a Sunday night!”

“Bringing reusable bags to the supermarket is an obvious one, and you can extend this to not using a plastic bag for your fruit and veggies!

Just go without, or reuse the millions I’m sure are hiding out under the sink in the flat.”

For some more inspiration on ways you can cut back on waste as a student, check out some of the great ideas Helena has shared on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

JOIN TEAM KAKI FOR BIRD OF THE YEAR 2018

Doctoral student Stephanie Galla is leading the charge to see the South Island’s Kakī named Bird of the year for 2018.  

The Kakī is one of the world’s rarest wading birds and is native to the rivers and wetlands of the Mackenzie Basin. New Zealand Forest & Bird classify the Kakī as being in ‘serious trouble’ so we need your help.

Stephanie has taken a unique approach to the Kakī campaign and has pulled out all the stops to see it take out the top spot – including signing up a Kakī named ‘Shelly D’ to dating app, Tinder. Have a look at just some of ‘her’ hilarious interactions, here

New Zealand’s annual Bird of the Year | Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau competition is important as our unique native birds are in crisis and a third are at risk of becoming extinct if nothing is done to protect them.

Their habitats have been destroyed and introduced mammalian predators such as stoats, possums, and rats kill their eggs, young, birds, and even adults.

Voting for 2018 Bird of the Year is open for just two weeks so don’t delay, vote now.

For more, see the team’s Kakī Facebook page here.

Can Fines now extended until 7 October!

Bring a can of food to any UC Library and we’ll wipe $5 from your fines *.

For example bring in 5 cans and we’ll waive $25 of your fines.

Cans will be donated to the Christchurch City Mission.

*Does not include fines incurred for lost books

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