Swap to save: Low Waste Living workshops are back!

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Posted 7 June, 2024
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by Neha Gosalia


Deodorant you can make in 2 minutes that lasts you 6 months, crackers that cost next to nothing but feel fancy as, and bikkies to please your bubs as well as your bank account- we’ve got all these life hacks and more at this year’s Low Waste Living Workshops!

At last year’s sold out workshops, we shared an immense amount of content and information, leading to fantastic kōrero; people shared ideas and insightful questions. This year we’re offering two unique workshops, while offering more demonstrations and opportunities for you to get involved as well.

The Family Edition (13th June) will be held right in the heart of a residential community, at Shotover Primary School, to make it easy for local families to pop over after dinner. We’ll be sharing tips and swaps on everything from bulk buying and lunchbox swaps to nappies and wipes as well as yummy but cheap recipes for family favourite snacks. We believe every small step you take can lead to big change. With each swap we become a more sustainable community, and demonstrate conscious consumer choices to our tamariki and rangatahi.

The Kitchen Edition (20th June) is also our Green Drinks offering for the month. Green Drinks events have consistently offered unique opportunities for our community to learn about and engage with sustainability in every aspect of their lives. Whether it’s an evening of swirling and sipping while passionate wine-growers tell us about their low-waste practices, or an inspiring discussion around active transport, these events leave everyone who attends feeling motivated to take their sustainability journey to the next step.

Resourceful Communities aims to educate and inspire along the same lines, leading to great collaborations with Green Drinks. In March 2023, our Slow Fashion Month clothes swap collaboration was a huge success and set off a series of independent swaps in the community. In 2024, we collaborated again on a Plastic Free July Party workshop, getting crafty and creating disco-balls out of old CDs.

This time, we’re bringing you homemade chemical free cleaners, tea making, you can even build your own reusable kits. We meet you where you are and help to inspire you to make manageable changes to reduce the amount of waste in your household. To allow time to truly engage with the content, numbers are capped at 30 for each workshop, so book your spaces quick! Tickets are available on Humanitix and via our Facebook page.

Resourceful Communities is created by Wastebusters, and delivered in the Whakatipu by Sustainable Queenstown. These events are proudly supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council Zero Waste District Programme.


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