As you learn more about how waste negatively impacts our environment, reducing becomes a choice of consciousness. Reducing allows you to participate on many levels as you notice all the waste being generated around you.
Society makes us feel like we always need to buy something new, but we can reduce that pressure by making smart choices in and out of the shops.
Choose products designed to last or that can be made into something new after use. When you opt for items made from recycled materials, you’re sending a message to the industry that you approve of recycling.
Does a cucumber really need to come wrapped in a plastic tube? When you’re at the shops and not sure which item to buy, go for the one in the least amount of packaging.
Look at what you do everyday and see if you can replace throwaway items with reusable ones, such as washable food and drink containers for your school lunch. Eat inside the restaurant instead of using a takeaway container, and bring along a refillable water bottle when you play sports.
It’s important to get the most out of your stuff. Buy things that are easy to repair and made to last. A lot of resources are involved to make the latest and greatest trainers, the newest iPhone or that flash surfboard, and when we use these things for just a season and then toss them aside, we are wasting valuable resources.
The Mount Maunganui Primary School gardening groups have been busy preparing for the PiPs seedling and plant sale. Come along on 19th October from 10am – 12pm at the Arataki Community Centre and support our Mounties. All funds raised from
MythMost people believe disposable coffee cups can be recycled or composted. RealityThe mixture of plastic and paper in the lining makes them difficult to recycle; compostable cups can only be composted in high-heat, industrial composting facilities, not your backyard worm
Auckland-based GoodFor, which sells bulk products to customers who bring their own jars and boxes, is moving to Christchurch and opening a Wellington shop in November. GoodFor goes beyond the plastic bag ban and sells food and other household items
It may seem disgusting to dig through rubbish bins, but these Marlborough Girls College also say “It’s kind of disgusting to think how much food goes to waste.” The girls undertook an audit of all the waste generated by their
Senior teachers got some hands-on experience of CrestClean’s new education initiative that teaches kids about recycling. Spread over two separate days, members of the West Auckland Principals and the North Shore Principals’ Association attended a leadership day at Kumeu. During
When Zoe Sizemore began designing RecycleKiwi’s colouring-in picture she didn’t have to look very far for some young eyes to critique her work. The Papamoa artist’s two children, aged 5 and 7, were the first to see the initial design
CrestClean’s RecycleKiwi programme has really struck a chord with teachers at an Auckland school. After a RecycleKiwi resource pack was delivered to Red Beach School a “thank you” card was left for CrestClean business owner Naresh Mani, who takes care
Bringing RecycleKiwi’s iconic bird character to life was a challenge budding young animator Tai Preece took in his stride. The 13-year-old Mount Maunganui College student was invited by CrestClean to apply his animation skills to the kiwi bird, the distinctive
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On Saturday people all over the world will hit the beach – but not for the usual sun and surf. Instead of wearing wetsuits and carrying surfboards, they’ll be sporting gloves and rubbish bags because it’s International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Students and staff at Queenstown’s Shotover Primary School have been doing their bit to help CrestClean personnel create a cleaner and tidier environment. CrestClean Central Otago Regional Manager Danny Mastroianni has been working closely with school property manager David White
Six words in te reo Maori are helping to teach New Zealand kids good recycling habits. The words feature on a set of colourful bilingual stickers that are a key component of RecycleKiwi – a brand new initiative aimed at
RecycleKiwi has landed in Invercargill with the first resource pack being presented to Invercargill’s St Theresa’s school. Principal Julian Ineson was delighted to receive the colourful box from CrestClean’s Invercargill Regional Manager Glenn Cockroft, and franchisee Kim Jin, who has
The rollout of RecycleKiwi was perfect timing for staff and kids at Maraenui Bilingual School. The Napier school was the first in the area to receive a resource pack that helps schools to improve their recycling. Although the school already
RecycleKiwi was officially announced at the 2019 New Zealand Principals’ Federation conference, of which CrestClean is a Gold Business Partner. Principals from around the country listened intently as CrestClean’s Managing Director Grant McLauchlan explained RecycleKiwi and showed a short video
CrestClean business owners Dominik Drahoninsky and Barbora Opavova have been praised for their part in making a community-led beach clean-up a big success. The couple joined dozens of other volunteers to collect rubbish on Auckland’s Muriwai Beach. Event organiser Christina
CrestClean is proud to announce the launch of a public education programme to help improve waste management in New Zealand. RecycleKiwi shares fun and engaging resources and activities to educate kids and consumers on the 4R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse