Posts Tagged ‘reusing’

5 reasons to say No to that plastic bag?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Do you really need that plastic bag? Just say no! How often has someone gone to put something in a small bag and you say, no thanks? Yesterday I was shopping and I consciously turned down over 8 plastic bags, the only one I accepted is a most useful large recycling bag! I wish more companies would follow the Warehouse model and charge for bags. I’m a fan and  it just requires a change of thinking.

It’s so easy to keep in your car cloth bags. Yet still so many people load up their supermarket trolleys with bags of groceries in plastic bags – some supermarkets have a policy of only 6 items per bag so you can imagine the waste.

So here are 5 reason to help you get into the habit of saying no to plastic!~ Source

1. They are made using non-renewable resources, either petroleum or natural gas. They take huge amounts of energy to manufacture, transport across the country, and recycle. They don’t break down in landfill sites. They’re incredibly difficult to recycle, causing problems such as blocking the sorting equipment used by most recycling facilities.

2. On land, plastic bags are one of the most common types of litter worldwide. Build ups of plastic bags are notorious for causing blockages in  local drainage systems in developing countries. The Bangladesh floods and Manila’s frequent flooding are examples of flooding due to litter blockages.

3. Swaths of birds have been found dead due to ingesting substantial amounts of plastic bag remnants. All the plastic found in the birds on Midway Atoll is brought to the island by albatross parents who fed them to their young. An estimated 4 tons of plastic accumulates on the island every day.

4. There’s a running joke in New York, where a billion plastic bags are used per year, that the New York City flower is actually a plastic bag caught in a tree.

5. According to the documentary Bag It, the paper bags now used by San Franciscans after a plastic bag ban was enforced there are recycled at least 10 times more than plastic bags were.

Be the change: use a recycling bag, encourage others to say no to plastic, keep saying No thanks, ( especially to the small bags like the one your sandwich or sushi came in), volunteer to do beach cleanups, buy a recycling bag for a friend’s gift instead of using wrapping paper. Nothing like getting someone to use one of these, Victoria Carter, cityhop co-founder suggests a nice new design of Trelise Cooper bags available at Countdown for only $5!




One man’s rubbish is a child’s pleasure!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Before you throw out your magazines, cardboard or other so called rubbish, think about whether your local kindergarten or childcare centre could use them. 
Victoria Carter, a director of Kidicorp and co-founder of Cityhop, took some Webbs auction catalogues recently to Edukids Manukau. She thought the motorbike pictures would enthral some little boy.
But the catalogue has not been cut up though. It has become  a treasured book amongst the boys . When she visited recently she noticed a little boy sitting under a tree quietly relishing all the pictures of cars and bikes . She  called Webbs General Manager, Neil Campbell and asked him if he had anymore.
Webbs are now sending a pile of catalogues to the centre to share amongst other centres to support literacy and learning. What a great way to recycle and see rubbish that might go out for paper recycling being given a new lease of life!
Thank you Webbs.
 Victoria says her years of being involved with the kindergarten association made her appreciate that one man’s rubbish is another child’s treasure! She regularly brings what some might consider ‘rubbish’ to childcare centres for the children to turn into something.
The most recently example of this was when she had a new printer delivered for her office. Inside the box were some amazing corrugated cardboard shapes to protect the printer. Before throwing into the paper recycling bin she thought, ‘hmm, I bet children could make something amazing out of this.’
And yes, Edukids Manukau children made a city that had suffered an earthquake.  The earthquake has filled so many television screens that many teachers have used the subject as a learning story to help children process and understand what happened.  In this centre  the up and down, uneven corrugated shapes were painted by the children and figures and objects placed around and on it to create a city that has had an earthquake.  Children then talked about what to do if there was an earthquake. 
How exciting to see rubbish turned into such a learning.

can the spam

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Email spam takes up 80% of the world’s email and uses 33 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year says

Junk mail in the mailbox is just as bad.  A Christchurch man worked out he got 70 kilograms of junk mail in 2006 and that was up 51 kilograms in 1992. Imagine what it would be today – in one week our mailbox has more fliers, magazines than mail! Stop it with a No junk mail sticker from Letterboxer -a Christchurch campaigners way to encourage residents to stop junk mail.

In the US junk mail creates greenhouse gases reported to be equivalent to 2.4 million cars idling 24 hours a  day 7 days a week!

62 trillion spam emails were sent in 2008. The electricity used to create, send, transmit, process, filter, store, view and delete was equivalent to the output of an entire power plant, produced 17 tonnes of CO2 – the same as 1.5 million US homes reports a Study by ICF International and commissioned by mcafee.

Make your own toilet paper

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Here’s a brilliant idea that Idealog have on their website. I then goggled the concept and it seems a few more people are also taken with the idea.

It’s a new way to recycle those reports you put in your paper rubbish. With White Goat you can put in your  reports add some water and make good use of the end result!

The £65,000 (nearly$130k) device  flattens the pulp and dries it before churning out rolls of toilet paper. It costs just 6p (nearly 12 c today) to create each roll.

It takes 40 sheets of A4 paper to create one roll of toilet paper.

What will they think of next!

check out utube

Video results for white paper to toilet paper

Office Paper to Toilet PaperWhite Goat
2 min 1 sec – 29 Jan 2010

Noel Leeming group recycles

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Wow, half an hour after contacting Bond & Bond I got an email from their customer service team telling me that the Noel Leeming Group  has big bins out the back of their stores for all the packaging you don’t want.

 Good on you Noel Leeming and Bond and Bond.

I hope you remember to tell customers. Maybe you could add to your receipts and invoices a message if you want to recycle your packaging you can by bringing it back to the store. Broadcast it and it might get you more eco-friendly customers.

I was also reminded that the Noel Leeming Group takes old cell phones, TVs,  and appliances for recycling.

Great stuff.

Dummies guide to big bin recycling

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Recycling obsessor, Victoria Carter founder of eco-friendly car share company cityhop  has written this dummies guide to what can go in the big recycling bins. 

She says, “I was prompted to find out what can go in them since so many of my neighbours think any plastic, including plastic bags can go in the bins when in fact they pollute the whole truck.”

So what can go in the huge recycling bins. Auckland City’s website has an excellent A to Z list of all the things that can be recycled and how. Manukau City though, has an excellent picture guide to what can go in the bins.

Says Carter, “It’s in all our interests to put out less rubbish because it means lower rubbish costs from les rubbish going to landfill which should mean less rates. So let’s all have to play our part and put the right stuff in the bin.”

Here’s Victoria’s dummies guide to what can go in the big  recycling bins.

But first plastic bags are a big no no as are glad wrap.  Don’t put them in please people or they contaminate a whole truck full of rubbish. Why aren’t they wanted because they jam up the recycling machines. So find a supermarket that wants your plastic bags.

Everyone knows newspapers, junk mail, brochures, magazines ( even the glossies) cardboard packaging, and non-foil wrapping paper, telephone directories, writing paper cereal boxes, empty pizza boxes can go in. But did you know window envelopes with plastic windows can too.

Cans, drink cans, glass bottles, jars and rinsed food cans, even empty fly spray and other aerosols are allowed in the big bin.

Confused by the Code numbers 1,2 3,4, 5,6, 7 on plastics. Do you even know where to find them? Me neither. So here’s a lazy man’s guide to putting less rubbish in the landfill destined smaller bin. All these numbers below are allowed in your big bin.

PET 1 tend to be soft drink and water bottles, biscuit trays –like toffee pop packets but not the wrapper, detergent bottles fruit punnets, liquid soap containers, household cleaners and vitamin containers.

HDPE 2 are usually on milk bottles, ice cream containers, fruit juice bottles, shampoo and detergent bottles, sunscreen and dishwasher containers.

PVC 3 are detergent bottles, cosmetic containers, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, blister packs.

LDPE 4  can be found on squeezy bottles, ice cream containers, lids and plastic plates and cups

PP 5  are usually Dip containers, ice cream tubs, margarine containers, plastic plates, cups, large yoghurt containers and cutlery and squeezy bottles. 

PS 6  is on the large yoghurt containers, yoghurt pottles, dip containers, ice cream container tubs and lids.  Sadly you will also find it on polystyrene meat trays, foamed polystyrene hot drink cups and polystyrene packaging but you can’t put these in the big bins.

7 is for other squeezy bottles, plastic plates and spreadable butter containers.

Victoria says, “she already puts out a half full rubbish bin but doing the research she has found her butter containers and biscuit trays can now go in the big bins.” Maybe you have found how you can recycle more?

Next blog Victoria will tell you what those plastics get recycled into. It’s amazing – you’ll never look at a sleeping bag inner in the same cosy way!

Recycling your Christmas tree

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

If like me, you obsess about what you can and can’t recycle then you might be pleased to know you can recycle your Christmas tree – that is as long as it is a real one.

However we do suggest if it is a real one and still in a pot that you plant it somewhere. If you bought your tree from the side of the road or even better from Mount Gabriel that take it to them and they will chip it and spread it over their field before planting new trees.

Mount Gabriel has drop off points at Drury, Mangere Bridge and Tamahere in Hamilton. You can phone them 294 6177 or 07 856 8003 to find out the opening hours.

Next year if you want a superb tree take the kids and visit one of their sites and choose the type and size of tree you want. Make it an experience they won’t forget-  it can be as much fun as decorating the tree!

Polluting the recycling blue bin

Monday, December 28th, 2009

It’s rubbish day in our neighbourhood and as  I Cityhop in my car share car around the streets I reckon 1 in 3 recycling blue bins will end up contaminating the truck. 

It makes me wonder why we all bother to do the right thing.

So I decided to see how easy Auckland City makes it to find out what can and can’t go in the blue bin. On the Auckland City website there is a  great A to Z list of items with information on how to dispose of it. However perhaps rather than saying put in your kerbside recycling maybe they could add put in your blue bin. Everyone knows what this means. Maybe also put in bold plastic bags don’t go in blue bins or they contaminate the whole truck of recycling.  It’s a  New Year shortly so perhaps the Council could do a refresher flier to residents reminding them how valuable it is that we recycle, how it saves us on rates, the less we put in landfills means the less we have to pay to dispose of rubbish. BUT  we all have to play our part and put the right stuff in the bin.  If you aren’t sure and you don’t want to check the plastic number on the container then put it in the red bin! Easy as. 

10 sustainable gift ideas for Christmas

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Here are 10 ideas for all you last minute shoppers to show you to do care and you have been thinking – thinking about doing your bit for the Planet.  Don’t just give sustainable gifts to the greenies in your life – give a present that won’t end up in a rubbish dump!. Many of the ideas below, suggested by Cityhop car share CEO and obsessive recycler, Victoria Carter won’t break your budget either.

For those who truly do believe in recycling and high fashion have a look at the new Vivienne Westwood shoe –made out of tube seat  fabric! Talk about making public transport more acceptable!

Here are ten ideas that should sort everyone on your list-  from your mum to your boss!

1. For a man or teenager: package up a bowl (The Warehouse has some attractive bowls) with all the ingredients and recipe for a yummy curry or a pasta dish. Fill it with pasta, a sauce, some herbs, a wooden spoon and of course a recipe!

2. Give a magazine subscription – this is a great gift for mums – no one ever said no thanks to a women’s, interiors or gardening magazine.

3. Make your own voucher – cut out a range of concert adverts from the newspaper or of the net and invite the recipient to name their show  - offer to buy one or two tickets for the recipient.

4.  For teenagers, Victoria says she knows plenty, who would be pleased to get a book of vouchers for some driving lessons or even cooking lessons!

 5. For a teenage girl get a basket and fill it with a loofah, nail file, some nail polish, varnish remover, nice soap, hair ties –things you always need but often run out of!

6. If you really are on a budget then what about buying some nice homemade soaps off trade me and putting them into cloth bags to ward off moths and keep wardrobes smelling nice. Even if you aren’t on a budget getting something thoughtful like this is always appreciated.

7 Encourage someone in your family to grow their own –buy a pot and pop a tomato  and stake into it for a lasting gift.

8. Okay, so your boss might not appreciate any of the above, but they will appreciate some gourmet treats like homemade jam, relish or homemade biscuits. It shows you have taken the time, gone to some trouble and no one will even think you are on a budget. Wrap in a tea towel for added effect.

9. “ If any kids are reading this, especially mine,” says Victoria, “ there is no mum or dad that wouldn’t say thank to a car wash or  horrible job to be done voucher!”

10 Lastly, a fun thing to do with your small children the night before Christmas. Mix some glitter into porridge oats and water and let your small children sprinkle  it in the garden so Santa’s reindeer can have a feast when they deliver presents!


5 more sustainable gifts to give

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Here at cityhop we think a lot about trying to encourage people out of their cars and into a more sustainable lifestyle.

Cityhop CEO Victoria Carter  has shared some ideas for sustainable gift giving. Well now she has found a new website with heaps more ideas that she wants to share!

But first, check this out- 

a pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes made out of tube carpet! How  to make recycling and re – use cool.

If you visit The Rubbish Diet you’ll find loads of ideas on sustainable gift giving. There is a link to lots of websites ( sadly all in the UK) with tips on great gift giving without spending the earth, but more importantly all the gifts save the earth!

There are ideas like packaging up a gift box with the ingredients and recipe for a yummy curry or pasta dish – this is an idea for a man or teenagers! Giving magazine subscriptions, public transport tickets, a voucher for a driving lesson or even a cooking class, tickets to a show.

Is she practising what she preaches, her friends are getting homemade soap in velvet bags to ward off moths and keep clothes smelling nice; some family members are getting treat food parcels; others are getting tickets to shows or concerts ( thank goodness the young ones want Big Day out tickets and Gisborne R & V).

What did she ask for, plants and pots!

Watch out for tips on how to go almost zero waste next year. If an average mum can do it in a village in the UK (all she threw away was a plaster) then we reckon we can all put a little less out. But it requires a fair bit of thinking and planning. More on this next year! Plenty of time to get ready and make it a new year resolution!