How ‘green’ is your green alternative?

Whilst it is really encouraging to see many businesses around town switching to what looks like environmentally friendly bags, cups etc some of the options aren't as good as they seem at first sight. I'm sure our local businesses think they're doing the right thing and would be horrified to know that actually they could … Continue reading How ‘green’ is your green alternative?

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Winning at going Plastic Free

Looking back at our Plastic Free July competitions is really encouraging. Lots of great entries that were on display at Te Ahu for several weeks, and Te Puna Aroha at Kaitāia College put up their own display in the College foyer. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see categories about being single use plastic free and the … Continue reading Winning at going Plastic Free

Reflecting back and looking forward

September has been a very reflective month for us at the EcoCentre. With reports to write for funders of our Plastic Free July/Kaitāia 2020 campaign, and the Community Clean Up on top of  the AGM for Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau (Far North Environment Centre), the trust that runs the EcoCentre. Not … Continue reading Reflecting back and looking forward

Working together for change

So much has been happening here over the last couple of months, where do I start?! If you were following our Facebook pages and groups like Plastic Free Te Hiku you'll have a good idea of how extraordinarily well our campaign for Plastic Free July went this year, and the growing momentum for change away … Continue reading Working together for change

Bottle Drive bonanza!

7.30 am last Saturday morning at the Kaitāia market, kids waiting patiently to claim 10 cents each for their cans and bottles. What an epic Kiwi Bottle Drive! We paid out nearly $2,000 over 4 hours. They just kept coming. People collected bottles and cans from places like SH 1 and Lake Ngatu. Two people … Continue reading Bottle Drive bonanza!

Bring along your bottles!

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is returning to the Kaitaia Saturday market this Saturday 14 July as part of Plastic Free July, after a spectacularly successful debut last year, when market patrons recycled more than 20,000 cans and bottles. "Similar events were held around the country, and Kaitaia folk were the country's top recyclers," Kiwi Bottle … Continue reading Bring along your bottles!

Just the (plastic free) business!

It's brilliant to see local businesses getting behind Plastic Free July and entering our competition as well as enabling you to meet the Plastic Free challenge. Posts are being shared about it on the Plastic Free Te Hiku Facebook group (do join!), but to keep things in one place and for those not on Facebook … Continue reading Just the (plastic free) business!

Ridding Kaitāia of single-use plastic, one bag at a time…

Plastic Free Kaitaia 2020 and Kai-tāia kete will be back at the Kaitāia market today 7th July, restocked with Kai-tāia kete and produce bags, thanks to our wonderful volunteers of the EcoCentre who have been flat out sewing. Please pop in to the EcoCentre (old lighthouse/Info centre by playground on South Rd) through the week (Mon-Fri 10-4) if you … Continue reading Ridding Kaitāia of single-use plastic, one bag at a time…

Kai-tāia Kete launch Saturday 30th June

Come along to our market stall on Saturday and get stocked up with items to help you give up plastic for Plastic Free July 2018! We'll be launching our newly labelled Kai-tāia kete cloth shopping bags. These usually cost $3-$20 depending on size and design, but for one day only will be available for koha. … Continue reading Kai-tāia Kete launch Saturday 30th June

Making your own scraps vinegar

I've been using apple cider vinegar as a hair conditioner, following baking soda as 'shampoo', for some years now with great results. Driven by the joint concerns of reducing my spending and plastic use I decided to have a go at making my own vinegar. However I forgot to bookmark the link that I used … Continue reading Making your own scraps vinegar