July Sustainable Living Series @ WCL

This July, together with Love Food Hate Waste, Boomerang BagsBirth Wise Wellington, NappyMojoKaicycle and the Sustainability Trust and in support of Plastic Free July, Wellington City Libraries will be hosting a series of educational talks around sustainable living.

Join us at Central, Karori and Newtown libraries as we discuss some small and easy changes that you can make to your everyday life to help reduce your waste to landfill, minimize your carbon footprint and help to protect the environment.

For the first talk in our Sustainable Living Series, join Wendy Bertholet, from the Wellington City Council Waste Minimization Team & Pip Cameron from Boomerang Bags for a lunchtime talk on Tuesday, 25th July at Wellington Central Library.

Wendy and Pip will be on the ground floor in the Young Adults area starting at 12 pm to talk about some simple ways to make changes to your lifestyle and reduce your waste to landfill, from making the most out of your food to reducing your use of plastic!

Wendy will be talking about the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign and will be sharing lots of winter tips and tricks on how to reduce your food waste! Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website and Facebook page for tonnes of info on storage, recipes and easy ways to reduce your food waste. You could also check out the Wellington City Council Rubbish & Recycling page for info as well.

Pip’s main area with Boomerang Bags is “Waste Diversion and Logistics” for Wellington and she helps to organize the Mt Vic and Aro Valley based volunteers group. She’s mainly interested in resourcefulness and efficient systems so the project can be self sustaining. Pip will be talking about easy ways to reduce the use of plastic and plastic bags. For more info, check out the Boomerang Bags website and Facebook page.

Also, take a look at the Plastic Free July and Plastic Free Tuesday Websites for other useful information on how to reduce your use of plastic and waste to landfill.

The second talk in our Sustainable Living Series will be with Shannon Unka, Owner and Operator of NappyMojo, Neonatal Nurse and Mum, at Karori Library after Baby Rock & Rhyme at 11:15 am on Thursday July 27th July.

Shannon will be there to talk about some small and easy changes that parents can make to help minimize waste and  bring sustainability into parenting. Come and have a chat about a range of things from wipes, breast pads and reusable sanitary products to lunch wraps, un-paper towels to cloth nappies and making it work in real life. To read a bit more about Shannon and NappyMojo, check out their website and Facebook page.

Courtesy of Birth Wise Wellington, there will be a giveaway of Sustainable Parenting Packs to help you make sustainable parenting choices and reduce the environmental impact you and your new family makes.

For more information about Birth Wise Wellington, their classes, meet ups and more resources for parents, take a look at their website and Facebook page. Also, check out their ‘Top 10 Tips for Sustainable Parenting‘ as well!

We also have a tonne of resources for parents and families on our Parenting page , including our monthly recent book picks, shelf help, educational information and resources and more!

If you can’t make it, don’t worry! Come along to Wadestown Library on Monday July 31st at 11:15 am right after pre-school Story Time Session, where Shannon will be giving this talk to another group!

Heading to the Newtown Farmers Market on a Saturday? Swing by the Newtown Library on July 29th July at 11 am for the 3rd talk in our Sustainable Living Series!

Join Sheldon Levet, one of the Kaicycle Facilitators, as he talks about composting and how easy it can be for individuals and communities to reduce their waste. With support from the Sustainability Trust, learn more about composting and different ways to reduce your waste. Sheldon will also be talking about the Kaicycle, what they do, their volunteers and the urban farm based in Newtown. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information.

Kaicycle and other community projects are supported by the Sustainability Trust, an organization working to help people in Wellington create warmer homes and reduce their impact on the environment. Laura-Kate Howells, the Sustainability Trust Educator will also be there on Saturday to talk briefly about what Sustainability Trust is up to! For more information about the Sustainability trust, take a look at their website and Facebook page and even better to get involved check out their ‘what’s on in your community’ page!

Other Resources 

Keep up to date with new books, magazines and online databases with our Environment and Sustainability popular topics page.

Eco-chic: April Fashion and Beauty

Did you know that Earth Day 2014 is coming up? It’s happening on Tuesday 22 April, and is acknowledged worldwide as billions of people work towards creating a greener and more sustainable environment for the future. It seemed only fair to do our bit here on the fashion and beauty page, especially as fashion and beauty often work against many of the philosophies of environmentalism and social responsibility. And with trends like vintage and repurposed fashion, as well as natural skincare products you can make at home, green fashion and beauty don’t need to be boring! If you’re feeling inspired to make your fashion and beauty efforts a little more green, the library has lots of books to help you!

Syndetics book coverRefashioned : cutting-edge clothing from upcycled materials / Sass Brown.
“The area of recycling and upcycling is a rich and growing source of innovative design in the fashion and accessories industries. In a fast-fashion world of throw-away clothing, it is the ultimate expression of the slow-fashion movement, with each piece individually conceived and crafted from scratch, using different materials each time. ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverHolistic beauty from the inside out : your complete guide to natural health, nutrition, and skincare / Julie Gabriel.
“Celebrated author of The Green Beauty Guide Julie Gabriel presents a comprehensive yet simple book that brings all four corners of the natural beauty paradigm together: natural skincare, holistic nutrition, stress-relief, and healthy lifestyle. A holistic nutritionist, Gabriel teaches her reader how to ‘eat yourself beautiful’ using building blocks from a wholesome diet, and as a long-time beauty writer and editor, reveals why beauty-boosting changes to our everyday lifestyles are essential in helping us to discover the allure we are looking for. The book includes handy and straightforward lists of what products to avoid, what foods to eat, and natural recipes to use for skincare. This one lucid and refreshing read will bring you face to beautiful face with a new life of quality sleep, fresh air, lush nourishment, renewing relaxation, radiant skin, sparkling eyes, and sound mind.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverEco-chic : the fashion paradox / Sandy Black.
“Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox is an examination of the relationship between fashion and environmental awareness – combating the universal reputation of eco-fashion as wholesome, un-dyed, shapeless and itchy. A new wave of sustainable shopping, affordable clothing, and ecological thinking has allowed eco-designers to create high-end, design-led collections rather than merely environmentally sympathetic garments. Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox aims to address the preconceived idea of eco-fashion as a compromise in style and quality and places eco-fashion where it belongs at the forefront of design.” “Eco-fashion is changing its image from dowdy and well meaning to genuinely desirable and Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox is an analysis of fashion and ethical practice as the naked truth behind the clothes we wear is exposed.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe green beauty bible : the ultimate guide to being naturally gorgeous / Sarah Stacey & Josephine Fairley ; with illustrations by David Downton.
“A blueprint for a more natural, healthier way of living beautifully, which is gentler on you and the environment. Full of beauty tips and the results of the biggest unbiased consumer survey of natural beauty products available on the market.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle, naturally : the savvy guide to sustainable fashion and beauty / by Summer Rayne Oakes.
“Style meets substance in this lavishly illustrated highly informative and beautifully designed book on sustainable fashion and beauty. Summer Rayne Oakes, fashion model and eco advocate, shows how to make informed choices when shopping. In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown) Summer Rayne showcases hundreds of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Safia Minney and eco-friendly brands such as Levi’s Loomstate and Aveda that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. With over 300 photos pages of resources and eco-style stories from the hottest trendsetters it’s the ultimate fashion and beauty bible for women who want to feel good about looking good.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFace creams, hair rinses and body lotions : recipes for natural beauty / Gill Farrer-Halls.
“Natural and organic is the buzz in cosmetics. This beautiful book shows you how to make your own handcrafted, organic beauty products using essential oils and other natural ingredients. How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics: Face Masks, Hair Rinses, and Body Lotions features a range of recipes for quick and easy daily products: face cleansers, eye cleansers, toners, moisturizing creams, moisturizing gels, cold cream cleanser, hand cream, body lotion, lip balm, face masks, rejuvenating treatments, liquid shampoos, hair bars, conditioners, rinses, hair nourishing treatments, deodorants, mouthwashes, aftershaves, and eye baths.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreen designed fashion : prt–̉porter, haute couture, street wear, casual / Christine Anna Bierhals.
“”Fashion” presents about 55 innovative fashion designers and projects that work with an ecological consciousness. In the production, the designers are oriented toward or already completely fulfill environmentally and socially sound standards. This volume shows eco-fashion in every possible variation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOverdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion / Elizabeth L. Cline.
“Evaluates the costs of low-priced clothing while tracing the author’s own transformation to a conscientious shopper, a journey during which she visited a garment factory, learned to resole shoes, and shopped for local, sustainable clothing.” (Library catalogue)