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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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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.