The Reset Summit 2020 is a six day annual event held in the Southern Lakes District. Its aim is to educate, inspire and enable our transition as a community and nation to a healthy, thriving, diverse, carbon zero community.
All events are FREE for students, thanks to Kahu Youth sponsorship.
Here is a sign by art students to signal the recycling area and a poem by our college caretaker. Wonderful!
There was a recycling area and near it a wall People walked past, not interested at all One day someone thought they could change all that He knew a good teacher and they had a chat A board was sourced and designs were abound The next stage took place and some students were found They toiled and painted and made a design Now it sits on the wall in the golden sunshine As for the wall, people still just walk past But now they see art and they say “That’s a blast”
From our drain cleaning project, we have found substantial amounts of litter and waste in our school drains which has been an eye opening and shocking discovery.
From this, we have taken the initiative of reducing litter in the school. We have thus negotiated a Canteen deal to reduce single use cup. Then, where we are running a series of lunchtime workshops for students and teachers at school.
These workshops teach you how to make your own reusable, sustainable beeswax wraps (Wastebuster’s Instructions) which can then be taken home and used in your lunch box all for free.
We had our first workshop with the year 13’s which was a huge success and we plan on running workshops on the two following Monday lunches. It would be awesome to see as many of you there as using beeswax wraps not only reduces the waste around our school but also minimizes our environmental footprint.
Thank you to:
Wastebusters for providing fabric, all the necessary tools, knowledge
Food tech department for allowing us to use the space
Adam Horan and Pete Rutherford for gifting beeswax
And Team Green students of course for contributing, donating, cutting, writing and doing! Great work!
On Saturday 18th of July, Team Green members Hazel, Chloe, Lucia and her sister Cora, Lena, Lulu and I went to the Waste Free Fair at the Wanaka Center and hosted a stall.
At the Fair you can buy zero -waste products and learn a lot about living a waste free life.
We sold homemade cards and feather earrings made out of recycled inner bike tubes. Lucia sold beeswax wraps and hand sewn bags. Hazel was also holding a stall and was selling bath bombs and cards. Lena helped out around our three different stalls. Our stalls were a great success!
There were many stands and people, and we had a great time visiting all the different eco-friendly stalls.
There was chopping boards and cutlery made from wood, jewelry, hand sewn gloves and hats, soap, food, and so much more.
The surprising profit we all earned is being donated to a variation of helpful organisations such as WWF, Te Kakano and Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.
We nearly sold everything, and we even got an order to make a pair of earrings!!
Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people around the world be a part of the solution to plastic pollution. From taking part in this, we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be a part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single use plastics?
The team will be attending Wastebusters and Plastic Free Wanaka’s Waste Free fair.
Held at the Lake Wanaka Centre, from 1pm – 4pm on Sunday July 14. Free entry
From Term 3, the canteen will be offering a 50 cts discount when you bring your own cup.
We have also been working on a drain project, unclogging the school drains. From the first drain we worked on we found 167 pieces of rubbish with things including wrappers, chewing gum, squashed cans, straws and even scissors.
Hence the campaign to reduce packaging to start with… We can make a difference!
Over the last couple of weeks, Team Green has been cleaning out the drains in the North Block of our school.
The amount of rubbish we found in the drains was frankly disgraceful. In just one drain we found 167 pieces of rubbish, some of which could be reused. For instance, we found two scissors and two spoons, both in good condition.
Pretty messed up!
Rubbish from ONE drain!
Our school community needs to reduce our waste.
In order to protect our waterways, we placed two layers of mesh netting in the drains. This will prevent the rubbish from getting caught in our drains and creating more environmental damage.
Our school’s goal should be to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce. We can substitute our single-use plastic for more environmentally friendly options. As you can see in the picture above, several plastic straws and plastic packaging are displayed. Alternatively, we can replace these things with reusable items such as metal straws, beeswax wraps and keep cups to make our school grounds more environmentally friendly.
Each individual can make changes to create a greener future. Every small change makes a big difference: replacing plastic bags with reusable ones, recycling what can be recycled, picking up litter, etc…
Litter harvested on our school grounds in just ONE day!!
Mount Aspiring College has participated in the Paper4Trees Scheme since 2008. Each year, we record the amount of paper and cardboard we recycle and earn trees from it. These trees are planted on the college ground in school-wide tree planting events.
In 2019, Wastebusters collected a total of 51 cardboard fadges and 97 wheelie bins full of paper. This earns us 28 trees. The previous year, we earnt 33 trees and we didn’t get them so we can now have 61 trees to plant. That’s enough to organise a school wide planting event with one tree per whanau (56).