Canteen Deal

MAC canteen offers 50c off when you bring your own cup in the morning with your order for:

  • hot chocolate
  • hot chips
  • indian dahl

It doesn’t apply to other canteen goodies that do not require containers eg. pizzas, brownies etc.

We thank the canteen ladies who accepted to implement this deal and also manage all the cups for us!

By reducing packaging in the first place, we reduce litter, so it doesn’t go in the drains which reduce planet pollution.

Choose to refuse

Team Green at the Waste Free Fair during Plastic Free July

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. 

EarringsAt 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!!

Waste Free Fair

Well done Team Green!

Reduce your packaging and waste!


MAC Team Green is organizing a fundraiser to help you get rid of your packaging and waste. We sell Safe Bottles, Ecotanka Bottles and koolers, Keep Leaf reusable sandwich and lunch bags.

Purchase reusable bottles and reusable food wraps using the 2014 Fundraiser form (please print double-sided).

Return with your payment to the library or the office by Wednesday 24th September to receive it at the start of Term 4. All proceedings build the Team Green seed fund (to buy solar panels).

Packaging free lunchboxes and Gotcha card!

Why is this important?

Quite simply if we use less packaging in our lunchboxes, we will generate less waste.

The problem with food wrap…

  • For your health: some studies have shown that PVC and other plastics used in plastic wraps leach into food on contact, in particular fat foods (e. g. cheese) and when heated. These plastic components are hormone disrupters possibly causing reproduction problems and cancers.
  • For the environment: Non recyclable, they just accumulate in landfill and in nature, where they take a 100 to 1000 years to decompose.
  • They are not sustainable: Made from petroleum -which is in limited supply- they are thrown out after just one use! What a muck-up!

How to?

Use compartment lunchboxes

And fill them with snacks bought by bulk (cheaper too), fruits, and sandwiches just held together by the pressure of the box.

Use reusable packaging

  • Reusable sandwich wraps by Otago company Ginger Pye  or EcoTanka
  • Sistema boxes or naked food boxes, or even EcoLunchBox in in stainless steel
  • I have been using waxed paper to wrap sandwiches. It is reusable about 10 times and then is good to light the fire.

Eat simpler foods

Compartment lunchboxConsider the difference in energy and resources use between an apple and an individually wrapped apple sauce whereas it all ends up the same way! Make your own cakes and biscuits, you will avoid all the snack bars plastics, etc.  Lots of ideas here.

Show your packaging free lunchbox in our meeting on Wednesdays lunchtimes in the library and you may win a Gotcha Card!

Keep your rubbish in your lunchbox

Take your rubbish home and recycle it:

  • Food waste in the compost or worm farm,
  • Plastics 1 to 7, cans in the recycling box
  • And the rest in the bin. Be mindful that the blue bag costs $3.50 and goes in a landfill forever!

And most importantly, don’t ever ever litter!