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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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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 chloe.wium@canterbury.ac.nz, 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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Get hands on with sustainability at UC with Eco Volunteering

Become an Eco Volunteer and help us make a real difference to our campus!

The UC Sustainability Office runs a full year volunteer program for students who are passionate about sustainability – and 2020 is looking to be our biggest year yet!

Currently, the Sustainability Office needs your support with:

  • Sustainability events (like cycling breakfasts, fair trade expos and clothes swaps)
  • Campus projects (like our Cup Library)
  • Green workshops (like zero waste craft-a-noons)
  • We also need support with communications and social media, to help us engage our UC community in the work we are doing.  We’re always on the lookout for social media contributors and bloggers.

By getting involved as an Eco Volunteer, you’ll gain:

  • Hands on experience in the sustainability issues of today – like waste management and education, sustainable transport, climate action and fair trade
  • The opportunity to develop relationships with other sustainability related groups on campus
  • Teamwork and engagement skills
  • A like-minded community
  • And the chance to make a real impact!

Got an idea but not sure where to start? We also offer opportunities for students to work with us to develop an event or project that they are passionate about. Talk to us about how to make this happen!

Eco Volunteers may also be eligible for recognition through UC’s Co-Curricular Record. This is a great way to get your voluntary work recognised formally and included as part of your formal University transcript. Check out all the info on CCR here (it looks epic on your CV!).

Eco Volunteering is a heap of fun, and no matter where you are on your sustainability journey, we will work with you to create an exciting volunteer program for you to get involved in.


Why not come along to our first Eco Volunteer Meeting for the year? Come and meet the Sustainability Office and Eco Volunteer Team on Tuesday 25 February, 12pm – 1pm in The Community Engagement Hub, Rehua 108. See the Facebook event for all the details (and so you don’t forget!) here.

Or, sign up here to our volunteering mailing list and we’ll be in touch.

We can’t wait to work with you for an exciting 2020!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. Any questions about Eco Volunteering? Get in touch with Chloe here.