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What’s on for Plastic Free July

It’s Plastic Free July! And we are marking this international awareness month by highlighting some great UC research, projects and engagement opportunities.

We have some fun events for you to be part of to help continue the conversation around single-use plastics while living Ngā Uara | Our Values, especially tiakitanga – looking after our resources and people.

What’s on

Monday 17 July: Join the challenge – For our 150th year, we’re challenging UC students and staff to come up with 150 ways to replace single-use plastic items. Contribute your way by commenting on Instagram @ucnz and @ucsustain – there are prizes up for grab!

Friday 21 July: At the Te Rua Makerspace you can make your own beeswax wrap from 11am until 1pm – this is a great chance to go and get involved.

Learn more about Plastic Free July on our website, where you can find research, as well as our events and activations. You can also visit the UC News for articles and interviews on plastic in the circular-economy and video on research into helping consumers reduce their plastic use while shopping.

We look forward to seeing you taking part in Plastic Free July and diving into the activations, news and videos.

Ngā mihi,


Clothes Swap this Friday!

The Clothes Swap is back for 2023! 🧤👕👗👞

Get a new ‘fit that your wallet (and the planet) will love. This Friday 26 May, bring along some good quality, clean clothes that you no longer want, and take home some groovy new threads for free!
The Clothes Swap will be happening in Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2, Puaka James-Hight Library) from 11am – 1pm on Friday 26 May.
To participate in the swap, please bring along up to one bag of clothing per person (max 10 items). Clothes must be in clean, pre-loved condition. Shoes and accessories are also welcome.
Clothing can be dropped off from 10am, with the swap starting at 11am.
All welcome. UC Sustainability, OpSoc and Te Rua Makerspace can’t wait to see you there for some slow fashion fun!