Fair Trade Bake Sale

Now that MAC is a fair trade school, we organise regular fair trade events, to keep raising awareness, support fair trade farmers and their communities and enjoy yummy safe food.

Team Green is having a Fair Trade Bake Sale
on Friday 18th November at lunchtime in the quad.

There will be: Ice chocolate, Honey comb pizza, Cookies, Muffins, Banana Cake, Brownies and Fairy Bread, all containing at least one fair trade ingredient. Mmmmm…

View this short video to understand why fair trade is important. 

MAC on the EERST magazine frontpage

Hello, Otago Paper4trees schools and preschools!

Here’s what you’ll find in our Term 4 newsletter…

  • Paper4trees update
  • A message from Bin Inn
  • Local sponsors
  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • A chance to WIN a gift pack from The Body Shop!
  • Term 3 Competition winner
  • Awesome Eco Products – with special Paper4trees discounts!
  • Recycling Week Competition

Paper4trees Update

Most trees have been delivered!

  We are still trying to secure funding for Dunedin trees. We will let Dunedin schools and preschools know as soon as confirmed. In the meantime, please get your orders in.

Otago schools and preschools did a great job diverting paper and cardboard from landfill in 2015. So far they have:
bullet Diverted 270 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
bullet Prevented 1,463 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced in landfill
bullet Saved 2,167 cubic metres of landfill space
bullet Earned 896 native trees
That is a great effort! Keep up the great work!

Joined from 1st October 2015 onwards? You will be able to order trees next year. In the meantime, please make sure you have activated your online account via the Paper4trees website as you will need to record your paper and cardboard recycling rates throughout the year.The next round for tree ordering will be 1st January 2017 – 31st March 2017.

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New ordering round starting January 1st

From January 1st you will be able to place a new order for trees! This will be based on your school/preschool’s 2015 paper and cardboard recycling efforts. Please remember to log in to the Paper4trees website to record your recycling. 
This is very important as we do not email out tree order forms – the entire process is now done online at paper4trees.co.nz. Click on the link in the next section for our step by step guide explaining how to use the database and create your account for the first time.

A message from Bin Inn

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“The Bin Inn Foodstores are thoroughly enjoying being a major sponsor and supporter of the Paper4trees programme throughout NZ.

We especially appreciate the many cards and thank you letters we receive from the various schools and kindergartens. The children in many cases put in a lot of effort with their individual and personal thank you cards and we really appreciate their efforts and commitment.

The Bin Inn Retail Group employs under contract a Healthy Food Ambassador and in the months ahead we plan as part of our sponsorship, to provide those schools and kindergartens who participate in the Paper4trees programme with exciting healthy lunch options for the children as well as recipes for Healthy Food they can prepare in the kitchen at home with their parents and caregivers.”

Thank You to our Otago Sponsors

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Love Food Hate Waste

Food waste is a massive problem in New Zealand. 

Every year Kiwis send 122,547 tonnes of food to landfill, all of which could have been eaten. Not only is wasting food costing us money, it is also bad for the environment. Love Food Hate Waste has tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money.

Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign run by WasteMINZ in conjunction with 59 councils and community groups from around NZ. It started in Great Britain in 2007 and has reduced the amount of waste that British households throughout. The campaign is also being run in Vancouver, New South Wales and Victoria.

For more information head to lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz

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Congratulations to…

Our Term 3 competition winner – TKKM o Te Ara Rima in Hamilton! 

Thank you for sending through your photo. You have won a gift pack from The Body Shop which will be sent out to you shortly!

Term 3 Competition!

Show us how your school has promoted or increased awareness of Paper4trees in your school/preschool, and you will go in the draw to WIN A GIFT PACK FROM THE BODY SHOP! This could be in the form of photos, video clips, a small write up, or anything you like. Get creative with it!

Thanks to The Body Shop for donating product for the newsletter competitions.

The winners will be announced in the next eNewsletter.

Logging in to your online account

Log in to your online account to record your paper and cardboard recycling efforts and order trees each year.

Step 1: Head to www.paper4trees.co.nz

Step 2: Click on the School/Preschool Login button on the right hand side of the homepage

Step 3: Enter your email address and password and click Login. If you’ve forgotten your password or don’t have one – click Forgot Password and follow the prompts.

If the system doesn’t recognise your email address, please contact us on 07 578 7025 or 0800 727 4873. This will just mean it isn’t saved in our system.

Check out these awesome Eco Products!

Interested in ordering any of these products and want to support Paper4trees? Click here to view them on our website
Or reply to this email for more info and special discounts!

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2016 Mission

This year, our mission is to increase the awareness of Paper4trees in each and every school or preschool that is signed up to the programme. Ideally, the whole school will know about their involvement in Paper4trees, why it is necessary to divert paper and cardboard from landfill, and that by putting their paper and cardboard in the classroom recycling bins, they are earning native trees for their school/preschool.

Some ways you can increase the awareness of Paper4trees in your school/preschool include:
bullet Promotion via assembly
bullet Promote Enviro Monitor Badges
bullet Put classroom posters in each room
bulletWhen writing duties on the whiteboard, write Paper4trees recycling rather than rubbish and recycling
bulletShow the eBooks
bulletHave a competition using The Great Waste Sort
bulletEncourage participation in planting the trees you receive

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New bin poster available for download and print here

Recycling Week Competition

Recycling Week aims to raise awareness about recycling and help people improve their recycling habits. Now in its 5th year, an increasing number of schools are having fun and learning a lot by proactively taking part in Recycling Week. Each day of the week has an easy to remember theme that will challenge your school to re-think its recycling habits. Recycling Week could be a great opportunity to evaluate your schools recycling systems before the New Year.

With the support of The Warehouse, primary and intermediate schools are also invited to take part in the ‘Plastic to Fantastic’ Recycling Challenge with $1000 in prizes up for grabs. The brief is to create a useful item out of single-use plastic materials sourced from the schools waste/recycling stream. The item must be a lower cost alternative to replace something that is currently used in the school.

Find out more and how your school can get involved at recycle.co.nz

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Do your students take charge of environmental initiatives in your school? Paper4trees ‘Enviro Monitor’ Badges are the perfect way acknowledge their efforts and encourage other students to get involved too – Click here to order!
Badges are $2.50 each (+GST & postage)

Thanks for reading! Have a fantastic day.

Paper4trees60Satsuki Takenouchi
Paper4trees Programme Administrator
0800 727 4873

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Recycling Art Competition Results

There were 14 entries in the Recycling art competition, from colorful to scary, small or large, skillful or put together in 2 minutes! With an outstanding participation of Roy, the winning house is Roy, followed by Pisa, Iron and Barker.
The winning whanau is PVA with its “Fancy Floral Recycled Art” and won organic fair trade chocolates to share and celebrate and the Team Green Trophy!

Recycling Art Competition

Art_Competition_bannerTeam Green is organising the 2016 Recycling Art Competition at Mount Aspiring College.

Each whanau is invited to submit an artwork made out of rubbish or recycled materials. Judges will consider artistic, technique and sustainability value of the creations.

Entries are due on Tuesday 20th September 2016. It is a house competition so get in there and meet the criterias! Good luck!

Recycle your old phone

Phone_recyclingWe now have mobile phone recycling box in the library.

Recycling phones is important because:

  • handsets that are still operational will be sold overseas, reducing the demand for new handsets and associated environmental impacts of their manufacture
  • the unwanted phones are diverted from landfill
  • phones contain valuable materials that can be reused when dismantled.

To protect your data, just perform a factory reset before you drop it in the box.

Benefits go to Sustainable Coastlines who helps Team Green with our riparian tree planting project.

Mt Aspiring College is now a Fair Trade school

Mount Aspiring College has become a Fair Trade School as of June 2016.  The idea to aim for fair trade status initially came from one of the school’s teachers, Petrina Duncan, after organising a successful Oxfam Morning Tea for staff to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in May 2015.  During the next year, Ms Duncan and the school’s environmental group Team Green worked towards meeting all the criteria for fair trade status.  By May 2016, the staffroom was stocked with fair trade tea, coffee and sugar, the canteen staff were using fair trade sugar in all their baking, and a very popular fair trade bake sale was held to raise awareness.
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MAC students (PDU) posing with the Fair Trade sign created by Team Green students. Photo (c) Andrew Sloan

The school will continue to support and promote Fair Trade because this scheme has the potential to lift millions of people out of poverty, improving their ability to work, eat, earn a decent wage and provide education for their children.  Buying fair trade products is one small step that everyone can take to improve the lives of others, making the world a fairer place.

Put rubbish in the right bin


The school fills in a full skip each week which costs $80 to empty, plus the weight of rubbish (nearly $200 per tonne!).
80% of the skip content can be recycled.
And recycling is free! So the idea is to remove the recycling from the skip.

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There is now a yellow (recycling) bin next to each rubbish bin in the college.
Some large red  crates with a clear sign RECYCLE have been placed in many classes and soon in all of them. It is the teacher’s responsibility to send students to empty them in the yellow bins outside.
Lastly, large grey or green wheelie bins will receive the rubbish that goes to landfill.

What to recycle


If we divert a third of rubbish to the recycling, we’ll save $2100 per year.

Just put rubbish in the right bin! 

Fair trade bake sale

On our way to became a fair trade school, we’ve organised a fair trade bake sale today. Each of us baked some goodies with at least one fair trade ingredient. Success ! It was delicious and hugely popular. We’ll do it again!

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We raised $160 to purchase prices for the winners of future Team Green competition planned for later this year