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The bike breakfast is back for 2019!

Do you like bikes, coffee, bagels and pedal-powered banana smoothies?

Are you a UC staff member or a student?

If you answered yes to the above then you’re in luck, because the UC Sustainability Office is bringing back their most delicious event of the year: the annual Bike Breakfast!

All you need to do is cycle to UC on Tuesday 19 March, and come and see us in the Undercroft (don’t forget to bring your helmet!) between 8 – 10am to grab your FREE breakfast!

We’ve got fair trade filter coffee thanks to Prima Coffee Roasters, fair trade tea from Scarborough Fair, bagels from Grizzly Baked Goods, and you can even make your own pedal-powered smoothie thanks to All Good Bananas and the famous smoothie bike!

  • What: A FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus (GF and vegan options too!).
  • When: Tuesday 19 March, 8 – 10am.
  • Where: Undercroft.

What do I need to bring? Yourself and your helmet.
We are using only reusable cups and plates for this event, so please BYO mug or cup if you’d like to take your tea or coffee away with you!

  • Who’s invited: Everyone with a bike and a helmet!
  • Why: Because you deserve it!

What else is happening?

  • Dr Bike will be doing on-the-spot bike repairs and tune ups (so bring your bike to get tuned for free and grab a bagel while you wait!)
  • The Christchurch City Council will be there to show off the new city cycle routes, and hand out cycle maps of the city.
  • You’ll have the chance to chat and hang out with like-minded people, and ask us any questions about all the services and facilities we offer for cyclists on campus.
  • Plus we’ll be running some photo competitions to win some cycling goodies!

…did we mention you get a free breakfast?

We can’t wait to see you there! Keep your eyes out for student volunteers directing (and reminding you) from the bike stands around campus from 8am that morning.

For more, check out the Bike Breakfast Facebook event here. Please click ‘attending’ or ‘interested’ to make sure you don’t miss any event updates.

 

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UC alumni taking war on waste global

UC alumni Dan Price (Doctor of Philosophy) and Adrien Taylor (Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism) have had a Kickstarter campaign fully funded in 5 days to take their company Offcut to the world.

Founded in Christchurch three years ago, Offcut diverts the garment industry’s scrap fabric from going to landfill by buying it and turning it into caps instead.

Adrien and Dan are now expanding the business to use leather offcuts from the furniture industry to turn those into products such as luggage tags and wallets.

Even though the Kickstarter is funded, it’s not too late to back it and secure the slickest kit around… just in time for Christmas.

 

Head over to Offcut’s Facebook or Instagram while you’re at it to keep up with the progress of this homegrown business with big global aspirations.

In fact, rumour has it that you might be rewarded if you follow their social accounts and mention UC in a private message….

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.