Resources - Waste Minimisation

While recycling is important for keeping resources in use, it is crucial that we find ways to reduce waste at the source and design waste out of our systems.

Map of Christchurch plastic recycling drop off

I often get asked where people can drop off plastics for recycling so I have pooled some resources here to help. It also includes a few of the people making products with recycled plastic in the area. 

Read the blog post here

Environmental Awareness Dates Calendar

This Environmental Awareness Dates calendar is a collection of New Zealand and international dates that may be relevant if you work in sustainability in NZ.

Read the blog post here

Recycling Isn't the Answer (Blog)

Recycling is a process to extend the lifecycle of single use materials. It is not a solution to our current linear economy, it just delays the inevitable of those materials going to landfill.

Read the blog post here

The Buyerachy of Needs (Podcast)

The Buyerachy of Needs is an illustration by Sarah Lazarovic that presents a new way of finding what we need. It is a triangle with the ascending levels as different ways to consume. This podcast originally aired as episode 2 of So Circular

Listen to the podcast here.

Mythbusting compostable packaging (Podcast)

There are numerous terms to describe how different materials break down and as a consumer this can often be confusing and sometimes misleading. This podcast orignally aired as episode 5 of So Circular

Listen to the podcast here 

Second hand shop map for Christchurch

After finding that all the second hand stores had moved or closed after the earthquakes, we decided to map them to create a resource for the community. The project promotes second hand shopping as a sustainable alternative to fast fashion and engages the community in this conversation through the associated Facebook group, Second Hand Christchurch.

Fast Fashion and Textile Waste (Presentation, Blog and Activity)
Fast Fashion is the term used to express the quick transition from catwalk to customer, with reduced cost and reduced quality products. With this reduced quality, the products have a much shorter life than higher quality items. This blog and accompanying activity discusses what Fast Fashion is, how it has come about and what we as consumers can do to combat it and support a more sustainable fashion industry.
Sustainable Event Guide (Document)

This Sustainable Event Guide was developed by the Future of Learning Conference and gifted to Ako Ōtautahi, Learning City Christchurch (Authored by Anthea Ibell). It provides shared learnings on ways that local, Ōtautahi, City Christchurch organisations can reduce the environmental impacts of events, including reducing waste to landfill, minimising emissions and educating attendees on the importance of their actions. It provides an appendix linking to local resources for sustainable catering, waste management, gifts and more.