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Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

Welcome to Fairtrade Fortnight: two weeks of celebrating and learning all about fair trade, ethical supply chains and how we as consumers can support a more just and equal trade system for producers all around the world.

There may be actions in your daily routine that you don’t think twice about, like putting on a t-shirt or sipping a morning cup of coffee. However, if you take a closer look at these threads or ask yourself where the coffee beans are coming from, you’ll find stories (both good and bad) behind these everyday products we consume.

By purchasing products that are certified through Fairtrade or the World Fair Trade Organisation, you’re standing with millions of farmers, producers and workers around the world and empowering communities by tackling poverty, gender inequality and poor working conditions.

So what happens when I purchase something labelled as Fairtrade?

To buy a Fairtrade product means you are a part of one of the largest movements for change. Fairtrade certification can help lift a farmer or worker out of poverty, give a child an education, and grow a community or a business. Fairtrade is a tool for creating this change.

How does it work?

  • The Fairtrade Minimum Price: Protects small-scale farmers against falling prices by ensuring a fixed minimum price for producers. This is particularly important for communities working in volatile industries like coffee and cocoa farming. Many sectors often force a farmer to sell below the cost of production, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and inequality.
  • The Fairtrade Premium: Is a fixed additional amount of money that provides farmers and workers with the capacity to invest in improving the quality of their businesses and communities.

Check out this video below of a coffee co-operative in Papua New Guinea, Highlands Organic Agriculture Cooperative. The money they receive from HOAC through the Fairtrade Premium is used to invest in access to clean drinking water, roofing irons, pulping machines, and most importantly: classrooms for their children.

How can I get involved?

Come and participate in UC Sustainability’s events over the next two weeks, and get behind the fair trade movement on campus with us!

Fairtrade and the SDGs Film Night

Learn about and delve into the connection between fair trade and the UN Sustainable Development Goals at our film night next week! Plus, free pizza and Fairtrade chocolate provided. See the Facebook event here.

Clothes Swap Party

Learn about the impact that the fast fashion industry has on our people and our planet at our Clothes Swap Party! Donate your good quality clothes you no longer wear and come away with some ‘new’ second hand threads, for free. BYO cup and sip on a Fairtrade coffee as you browse. See the Facebook event for all the details and how to participate here.

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. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. If you’d like some more information on our Fair Trade University, see our website.

DIY Beeswax Wraps with UC Sustainability and the Te Rua Makerspace

Earlier this month UC Sustainability held a DIY workshop in the beautiful new Te Rua Makerspace to celebrate our favourite month – Plastic Free July!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be a part of the solution to plastic pollution. It’s a month long challenge which encourages all of us to ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics – like takeaway coffee cups, drink bottles, straws, bags and plastic wrappers.

We decided to tackle Plastic Free July by showing our UC community how to make their own alternative to cling film – by repurposing old materials into beeswax food wraps!

Check out UC Puna Te Rua Makerspace’s video below, and catch up on all the fun we had.

Want to make your own beeswax wrap? All you need is some beeswax, cotton fabric, baking paper and an iron. Check out the full instructions here, and give it a go at home!

Huge thank you to Andy from the Te Rua Makerspace and the UC Library team for collaborating with us to bring you this workshop. 

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Waste Education Workshops coming up this September

Did you know… That the amount of waste going to landfill in New Zealand has increased by over 20% in just the last three years? It is time to take action!

Waste Free with Kate is a waste education and inspirational speaking organisation who are coming to Christchurch this September to present their Waste Free Parenting, Waste Free Living Workshop and Foodlovers Masterclass.

These workshops are supported by Christchurch City Council and are a great opportunity to become educated and activated on reducing waste at home. Depending on which workshop you attend, you’ll leave inspired and equipped with knowledge on how to reduce your waste footprint and take control of your impact on our future!

Choose from Waste Free Parenting, Waste Free Living or Foodlovers (food waste) workshops, and take action with us.

Waste Free Parenting Workshops: Monday 14th September & Tuesday 15th September.

Waste Free Living Workshops: Monday 14th September & Friday 18th September.  

Foodlovers Masterclass: Friday 18th September.

Follow the links above for the full details and ticket information, or alternatively check out the Facebook events or the Waste Free with Kate website.

What else? You get a free pack with each ticket, bursting with waste minimization products!
 
These workshops are suitable for all households, flats, ages and stages. Why not take a friend and make it part of your Plastic Free July challenge?

 

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Plastic Free July is here!

We’re gearing up for an entire month of celebrating all things plastic free during the worldwide Plastic Free July Campaign.

Take the challenge and ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics with us during the month of July!

Want to get started?

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup to campus, and make the most of the $ savings that come with BYO mugs
  • Bring your lunch from home and avoid plastic cling film or if you’re buying food on campus, bring a container and avoid using a takeaway box or plate!
  • Take your own bags to get your groceries – and don’t forget smaller bags for loose produce
  • Drink loose leaf tea – did you know tea bags contain plastic?
  • Keep some reusable cutlery in your bag or office, so you’re not caught short if you do buy food out. A reusable straw is always handy too!
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle to fill up on the go
  • Want to challenge yourself? Get inspired with these ‘next steps’ for taking your Plastic Free July to another level.

Remember: The most sustainable item is one you already have! If you need reusables or other items to help you ditch single-use plastic, we encourage you to use what you have first. Nothing wrong with a jam jar as a coffee cup, or an ice-cream container for a lunch box we reckon…

Want some more help?

We’ve got a whole bunch of plastic free activities planned this month to help you along the way, including a free DIY beeswax wrap workshop, student bloggers sharing their experiences about taking on the challenge, and heaps of awesome plastic free giveaways over on our Facebook page.

Join us for a month of ditching single use plastics for good!

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Plastic Free July, where we encourage our UC community reduce single use plastics for the month. For more information and tips, see the Plastic Free July website.

Join the ACU at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2020

Dear Colleague,

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is delighted to invite you to participate in this year’s UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the yearly conference of the United Nations reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF is where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year the HLPF, taking place from 7-16 July, is dedicated to “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

As a global university association advocating for the key role that higher education plays in achieving sustainable development, the ACU will take an active part in the debates again this year and is co-organising a series of virtual events, together with our partners and Members.

Click on the links below to learn about each event and register to attend. The following events are free and open to all ACU Members.

ACU at the HLPF 2020 in brief:

On all HLPF days the ACU will share a virtual exhibition space with IAU and AUF titled ‘Higher Education mobilises for the SDGs’.  

Learn more about the UN HLPF 2020 here and access the full HLPF 2020 programme here.

We hope you can join us in championing sustainable development in higher education.

Kind regards, The ACU.