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Zero Waste Living: workshops and presentations coming up!

UC Sustainability is excited to work with the Two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, Hannah and Liam, to bring you presentations and workshops on living life without a rubbish bin!

Join us for these fun lunchtime sessions to learn about the zero waste movement and its importance, as well as heaps of practical tips and tricks on how to reduce your own waste.

This year we are offering two sessions: one focused on the zero waste movement in Aotearoa New Zealand and how you can play your part, and the other a hands-on DIY workshop learning how to make your own zero-waste toiletries and cleaning products.

Come along to one or both sessions, bring your friends and flatmates and learn how to make your life less ‘rubbish’ with us!

Information on the two sessions below – see the Facebook events for more information.

  1. Reducing our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

When: Monday 25 March, 12pm – 2pm
Undercroft 101

Join the Two No-Waste Nomads for a free introduction to the practicalities and philosophy of waste reduction. Drawing on their own research and over four years’ experience living zero waste, Hannah and Liam will guide you through the hows and the whys of life without a rubbish bin.

What to expect:

  • You’ll learn how zero waste principles can change your life, beyond just your rubbish bin
  • Innovative examples of waste minimisation policy, practice and thinking from around the globe
  • Tips for how you can reduce the rubbish in your life – like fun DIY household products, where to fill up containers for your pantry goods, DIY cosmetics and other simple life hacks
  • Lots of laughs and inspiration
  • And they even provide free zero waste snacks to nibble on while you learn!

More information on the Facebook event here.

  1. Bare Essentials: DIY Zero Waste Toiletries and Cleaners

When: Tuesday 26 March, 12pm – 2pm
Undercroft 101

Now you’ve learnt why it’s important – it’s time to put it into practice! In this workshop, Hannah and Liam will  show you how to make a range of toiletries and cleaning products to get you started on your zero waste journey.

What to expect:

  • A fun, hands on session showing you how to make your zero waste home and body essentials: from toothpaste and deodorants to face cleansers, all purpose cleaning sprays and body scrubs
  • The chance to take home samples – please BYO containers or jars if you would like to take some samples home with you.
  • Laughs, fun and inspiration!

More information on the Facebook event here>
Please click ‘attending’ if you are definitely coming, this helps Hannah and Liam prepare quantities of workshop materials.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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UC’s Edible Campus

Missed our Edible Campus walking tour? Here’s the link to our Edible Campus Map, so you can take yourself foraging on campus whenever you like!


The fruit, nuts and berries you see on campus are all free for you to forage as you wish. However, we ask you do some research if you’re unsure – some edibles may look ready before they are actually ripe for picking! You can always be in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about foraging on campus.

The Sustainability Office has a long-term plan to see more food grown on campus, complementing the plantings and ecological restoration work we have been supporting. As issues of food accessibility and affordability become better understood, we are committed to proving an edible landscape for our UC community. The idea of an edible campus and a food forest is embedded in UC’s landscape master plan.

We already have two community gardens on campus – those on the tour visited Okeover Community Garden with us, and we also have an allotment style community garden based at Dovedale. Interested in volunteering in our community garden? All volunteers are welcome to take home fresh produce in return for their time.

See more about volunteering with us here.

Found an edible on campus that isn’t on this map? Please let us know! We’re in the process of updating and refreshing our Edible Campus maps and guides.

Happy foraging UC!

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Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

FREE Cycle Skills Sessions

Want to cycle with confidence? Want to improve your cycle skills, without any cars around?

Join the UC Sustainability Office and volunteers from Go Cycle Christchurch and UC Bike to practice your cycle skills with us. We want to see as many of our staff and students on their bikes this spring, but we want you to feel safe and confident while doing so!

We’ve teamed up with Go Cycle Christchurch to bring you their popular city-wide cycle skills and confidence sessions to our UC students and staff.

What: Cycle Skills Sessions (x2) 

When: Friday 5th October

  • 11am – 11.45am
  • 12pm – 12.45pm
  • Attend one session, or both!

Where: Ilam Fields Tennis Courts

Meet us at the Ilam Fields with your bike, and a helmet 10 minutes before the session time. If you don’t have access to a bike, please let us know ahead of time, and we can arrange a bike and a helmet for you.

Who: Anyone who wants to spend more time gaining confidence on a bike, away from the road. We aren’t able to safely teach anyone who has never ridden before – so we ask that you’re able to safely control yourself on a bike to participate in these sessions.

What will I learn? You will be able to practice your road cycling skills, such as cycling in a straight line, looking behind, hand signals, turning corners, overtaking and a controlled zig-zag.

We are limiting numbers to 15 riders per session, on a first in, first served basis. To avoid disappointment please let us know that you’re coming by by emailing sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz, and we will put you in touch with Connie from Go Cycle Christchurch.

What next? Depending on numbers and interest, UC Sustainability may be able to continue running these sessions semi-regularly. As your confidence grows, we would like to be able to progress the skills sessions to include some slow and easy road riding – for example along the city cycle ways or through some small intersections. Please email us if you would like to see this happen.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

We can’t wait to see you there – keep peddling!

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz