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Tonight: Eco Week Food Waste Event

Tonight, as part of Eco Week 2016, the Sustainability Office screens the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) food waste documentary ‘Just Eat It’ (Tue, 6-8 pm, C Block). The screening starts at 6.30 pm, and there are nibbles and speakers before hand at 6 pm. Check out the trailer here! Free entry and non-UC staff welcome too.

Jpeg posterFood waste is a big issue in New Zealand too. For instance, in just one year, Kiwis throw out nearly $11 million worth of potatoes. That’s approximately 169,000 5kg bags of white washed potatoes from a local supermarket, and loads of goodness going unnecessarily either into the landfill or green waste.  We asked Melisa Quinn from VCUC (Vegetarian Club of UC) for a quick and easy, spud-based recipe to help you use all your spuds!

Jacket potato with beans

The proportion of each ingredient is up to you. The good news is that you can eat plenty, as whole plant based-foods are low in calories. Make up double the amount in the evening, and you also have yummy lunch which can be warmed in the ‘heat and eat’ areas dotted around campus.

  • Potatoes (you don’t have to peel them!)
  • Soaked beans (e.g. red kidney beans) of your choice
  • Herbs of your choice (rosemary is a classic for potatoes, plus thyme, basil and oregano for the tomato/vege filling)
  • Salt, pepper, brewers’ yeast
  • Tomatoes (whole or canned)
  • Any other left over vegetables of your choice.

Baked-Sweet-Potatoes-with-Cannellinis-and-Baby-Spinach-recipe-on-ShockinglyDelicious.com_-480x320Wash the potato/potatoes, and roll them in a little olive oil and rosemary. Bake the potato/potatoes whole in the oven for up to an hour at 190 degrees celsius. While that is happening rinse your beans and cook them with the tomatoes, herbs and spices for 20 minutes on a medium heat. You can also add other (precooked) vegetables or other left overs to the bean and tomato mix. When the potatoes are cooked (poke with a fork to test their softness), split them open and stuff with the bean and vege mix. Top with brewers yeast for extra seasoning and tastiness. Enjoy!

What else is happening during Eco Week?

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_280x178pxThis Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Here the events for the rest of the week:

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Also, UCSA club VCUC will screen Cowspiracy in Kirkwood, 6-8 pm.

On Friday,  learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! There are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

On Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.  Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) 7.30pm to late.

On Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

Check out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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Today: Eco Week 2016 launch with free goodies

yellow gorillaEco Week 2016 (19 – 24 September) starts today! A proud tradition  of Eco Week is to start it with a bang by giving away FREE fair trade goodies and this year Jailbreaker Coffee (supplier to UCSA cafes) and All Good Bananas will be handing out delicious fair trade banana ice creams and iced coffee shots! Everyone welcome.

When: Today, 19 September – 12 to 1.30

Where: Undercroft

banana icecream

What else is happening this week?

Jpeg posterTuesday is about Dumpster-diving and Food Waste. We’ll screen the very entertaining, and thought-provoking doco ‘Just Eat It.’

6-6.30 pm: Nibbles and speakers 6.30-8 pm: Screening of award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’.

Free, and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Only a few spaces left. Booking is essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Also, UCSA club VCUC will screen Cowspiracy in Kirkwood, 6-8 pm. More info here.

On Friday,  learn about where to find free food on UC campus on the Edible Campus Tour! There are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony. Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

On Saturday, UC’s first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Visit here for more information.

On Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

Check out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the UC events page.

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Eco Week events coming up next week

Eco Week snippit 2A jam-packed Eco Week is just around the corner (19-24 September). Bringing you a variety of entertaining and interesting events, presented by the UC Sustainability Office and several UCSA student clubs. This year there is a big focus on food (edible campus tour, food waste & dumpster-diving, fair trade ice creams & coffee shots for the launch, cowspiracy screening). But there will also be a sustaina-ball, a tiny house tour, sustainability awards, and a volunteering afternoon.

During every Eco Week, we showcase one or two ‘leading edge’ ideas, which typically come Laurafrom subcultures or communities who are experimenting with doing things differently, or from staff who are passionate about a social or environmental issue. Examples from past Eco Weeks include showcasing fermented foods or make-your-own beauty products; raising awareness about the the plastic waste in our oceans, the environmental impact of the fashion industry or the oil and waste involved in using plastic water bottles. Whilst some of these ‘innovations’ may remain a subculture, others might slowly emerge and become mainstream, changing behaviours and systems in the longer term (like fair trade and reusable water bottles!).

If you have a particular interest in a sustainability issue, and would like to see it featured in the 2017 Eco Week, we’d love to hear from you! Email sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

The week’s events

yellow gorillaOn Monday: Eco Week Launch – we are giving away FREE fair trade goodies. Jailbreaker Coffee (supplier to UCSA cafes) and All Good Bananas will be hand out delicious fair trade banana ice creams and iced organic coffee shots – 12 to 1.30 pm (Undercroft).

On Tuesday:  A delicious Food Waste Event. We’ll screen the very entertaining, and thought-provoking, doco ‘Just Eat It.’ 6-6.30 pm: Nibbles and speakers 6.30-8 pm: Screening. Free, and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday: Jpeg posterTiny House Tour – Visit two tiny houses built by UC alumni – 1.30 to 4 pm, booking essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz.

Cowspiracy screening (presented by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6-8 pm.

On Friday: Learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

UC Sustainability Awards Ceremony – Come celebrate the sustainability efforts of our university community to improve the world around us! – 5.30 to 6.30 pm (Undercroft 101).

On Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.  Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) – 7.30 pm to late.

On Sunday: Do your bit for the community by joining in with the Drayton Reserve Volunteer Afternoon (presented by GEOSOC), 2-4 pm.

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Food waste and dumpster-diving – Sharon McGyver

indexDuring Eco Week 2016 we will screen the “hugely entertaining” (Variety) and “startling” (New York Times) documentary ‘Just Eat It’, which is all about Food Waste. Sharon McIver (Our Daily Waste) shares her thoughts on the topic.

Imagine enough food to feed the population of Dunedin for two years. That is a lot of cheese rolls. Now imagine taking it off those Dunedinites and throwing it out.

In June this year, 59 councils launched the Love Food Hate Waste NZ  initiative in an unprecedented show of support for reducing the 122, 547 tonnes of food that New Zealanders waste each year. According to the website this would feed Dunners, or fill 213 jumbo jets (although I wish they’d converted it to Olympic swimming pools which are easier to line up).

As someone who runs a waste prevention and recycling consultancy called Our Daily Waste I am sadly not surprised by these figures – I see what comes through the bins at the events we provide services for. Yet food waste still puzzles me – I grew up in a state house where tomorrow’s ‘leftovers’ were carved before our portions, and you learned to gobble your dinner before it could be taken off you.

And even though those conditions have changed, this innate sense of food budgetry kept me well fed during 12 years of being a student – not wasting food saves money.

Of course, much of our food waste comes from the supermarkets themselves, and whilst there is pressure mounting to make them donate that food to charities, there is a growing trend towards dumpster diving, which although illegal in NZ, is attracting a number of people who consider it to be a lesser sin than the immorality of food waste. However, there is a code of practice to dumpster diving; from the divers who have passed on some of their spoils to me (camembert, wine, chocolate), I learned that you take tools to avoid damaging property, and always leave the area tidy and the bins how you found them. (The award-winning doco Just Eat It shines a bit of light on this!)

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There are many levels of preventing food waste and you don’t have to start with them all – just pick a couple that suit you and work at it from there:

Shopping

  • Fresh fruit and veggies don’t store well in plastic. Either buy it without packaging or make/buy some lightweight reusable bags, which also look great in the fridge.
  • Plan before you shop and don’t shop hungry.
  • Don’t buy cabbages if you don’t like them (note to self).
  • Shop at bulk food stores like Piko and Bin Inn so that you buy only what you need – you can also reduce waste by taking your own containers.
  • Only buy food that is near/past sell-by date if you know you will use it, but this can be a cheap alternative.

Storage

  • Research the best storage methods for different types of food.
  • Store food in airtight containers in cupboards, fridge, and freezer.
  • With most products, even if it is past its use-by date you should be able to tell if it’s ‘off’ by sniffing or tasting.
  • Know difference between Use-By and Best-Before: Best-before dates are about food quality. Food can be eaten after its best-before date as long as it’s been stored according to instructions, it simply may have lost some quality or nutritional value. Use-by dates are about food safety. As long as the food is stored correctly and isn’t opened, it should be safe to eat before its use-by date. Use-by dates usually appear on perishable foods.

Leftovers

  • If you have leftovers, use for lunches, freeze, or give away.
  • Use leftover rice and bread for puddings.
  • Use sour milk for scones.
  • Make soups or stock with ‘tired’ veggies and freezer excess.
  • Take a reusable container with you to restaurants etc. and bag any leftovers. If you feel embarrassed use LFHW as a reason, and think about how good that pizza will be for breakfast.

Freezing

  • If you find you have food go mouldy, halve the package and freeze it (great for bread and cheese).
  • You can freeze many things including avocado, chocolate, and milk (use a little bit first).
  • Tag the things you put in the freezer so you can FIND IT LATER.

Portions

Scraps

  • Scrub veggies rather than peeling them.
  • Find a use for scraps such as: compost, chickens, Bokashi, worm farm.
  • If you have to throw out food, put it in the green bin, but remove all packaging first.

Next Level

  • Learn to preserve/ferment/brew.
  • Start a garden – when you tend something for months there’s no way you’ll throw it out.
  • Embrace food waste by foraging for it – start with the Otautahi Foraging Map which lists trees and edibles in public places including the red zone.

By Sharon McIver – Our Daily Waste

UCs Food Waste Event will be held on Tuesday 20 September (C Block). 6-6.30 pm: Nibbles and a short get-together with speakers from Cultivate Waste and Love Food Hate Waste, 6.30-8 pm screening of the thought-provoking, award-winning documentary “Just Eat It“. All welcome (not exclusive to UC staff and students).

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The Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm.
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. CBlock 6–8 pm.
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz,  1.30–4 pm.
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894,  12 pm sharp.
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30 – late.

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UC Eco Week coming up (19-24 September)

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRIt is almost spring, which means UC Eco Week is coming up too! Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. And this year it runs from 19 – 24 September. Here is what is happening that week…

On Monday, the Eco Week launch is all about fair trade: Come and enjoy free fair trade All Good banana ice creams and free shots of fair trade Jail Breaker coffee in the Undercroft, 12 noon – 1.30pm.

Jpeg posterTuesday is about Food Waste. Food Waste is a massive issue, which is getting more traction in Christchurch too. There will be a short food waste get-together with speakers (Cultivate Waste and Love Food Hate Waste) and nibbles, followed by a screening of the award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’ – 6pm to 8pm (C Block). It’s free and non-UC folk are welcome too.

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. Tiny houses are hailed as one of the solutions to the housing crisis and as a way to live more sustainably. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential though, so email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz asap if you are keen!

On Friday,  you can learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour. Did you know there are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat? Find out where and finish at UC’s Okeover Community Gardens. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, come celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony. The Sustainability Awards recognise the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us.  They will be held at Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Nominations still open til 31 August. Download the nomination here.

13668877_1129345150440692_2944166230395402891_oAnd finally, on Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Visit here for more information. The ball will be held at Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) from 7.30pm to late.

All good bananasDuring Eco Week some UCSA clubs will also be holding events: for instance, VCUC will screen Cowspiracy on Monday,  GEOSOC is planning a Quiznight on Wednesday and the UCSA will run an eco mug scheme at cafe 1894. To keep in touch with all events, subscribe to events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page. (Click Events and click Subscribe 🙂 Easy), or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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