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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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UC Travel Survey: Last chance!

Want to be heard on travel and transport issues? It’s your last chance until 2024!

The UC Travel Survey is open until midnight on Wednesday 22nd July. If you haven’t already completed the survey, we strongly urge you take a few minutes to do so by following the link in your email inbox. You will receive a reminder email with a link to the survey today.

Why should I do the survey?

The transport survey is vital for gauging staff and student travel patterns to and from the university and for aiding development of the University’s transport and campus plans. It’s our best tool for understanding our community’s travel and transport needs.

Results from the survey and monitoring also provide important evidence for University approaches to the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury on transport matters; for example, improving bus services to/from UC, improving cycle routes, and addressing car parking on campus and on surrounding streets.

How long will it take?

The UC Travel Survey takes usually less than 5 minutes to complete.

Dr Bike is back for Semester Two

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Tuesday morning and get your bike serviced… for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

This semester, we are running extended Dr Bike sessions to help you get your bikes safe and ready for winter riding. You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Tuesday from 10am – 1130am during term time. Come past and say hi, and get your bike looked over while you’re there!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these guys on Tuesdays!

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UC Travel Survey is out TODAY: Be heard!

Be heard on travel issues – right now! The UC Travel Survey is now live, and we strongly urge you to take a few minutes to complete the survey by following the link in your email inbox.

This is an opportunity to be heard on travel issues, which only comes around once every four years. The survey is vital for gauging changes in staff and student travel patterns and for aiding development of the University’s transport and campus plans.

Results from the survey and monitoring also provide important evidence for University approaches to the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury on transport matters; for example, improving bus services to/from UC, improving cycle routes, and addressing car parking on campus and on surrounding streets.

The survey will run until Wednesday 22nd July – so be heard and have your say on travel, car parking and transport matters by following the link in your email inbox now.