The ReCreators are a collective of upcycling artists promoting creativity, mindful making and sustai
Operating as usual
Paper is not better than plastic. The best bag is the one you already own and should keep in your bag, reusing again and again.
More conversations should be around the behaviour of how we use materials. Single use is the issue, not plastic. Paper is not a solution given the emissions and effects on planetary boundaries.
Reuse of things like bags, cups, plates should be an easy ask against all the lifestyle changes that we need to make to continue society on a livable planet. But all I see around me is single use coffee cups and paper bags 🙄🙄🙄. People, it’s just not that hard.
NO DIG CONTAINERS | Spring is the season of growth, renewal and watching nature do it's thing!
For us it is also about avoiding buying gardening goods packaged in plastic - it is crazy how gardening products are packaged-up.
We encourage some creative container planting for those who do not have access to a garden.
Did you know know the no-dig gardening method can be applied to pot planting? ‘No-dig beds’ also known as the ‘lasagne garden’ method, is a way to build garden plots or raised garden beds with alternating layers of wet carbon-rich materials and nitrogen-rich materials, then planting sifted, mature compost in between.
You don’t dig, but instead, you build layer upon layer of diverse organic ingredients that will gradually break down into rich, living soil. A pot is just a very miniature garden bed and the same method can be used to grow in containers.
If you are growing in containers you will need to watch that the soil does not dry out. So the aim is to have moisture at the base to start with, and to ensure that each layer is thoroughly saturated before the next is added. It’s also helpful to group pots together, hard up against each other, reducing the surface area exposed to the elements.
The two layers required for no dig gardens:
Carbon-rich materials - the ‘brown’ layer
• Straw – pea straw is my preference
• Lucerne hay
• Dried leaves and small twigs
• Dried pine needles – but save these for acid-loving plants like blueberries
• Shredded paper – but no glossy mags or coated cardboard or paper packaging as the printing dyes and varnishes that coat the packaging leaches micro-plastic contaminates
• Finely chopped hair – pet or human
• Dried out lawn clippings (not if your lawns have weeds though)
• Egg cartons minus their labels – tear into little bits
• Eggshells – oven-dry and blitz to a fine powder or they take forever to break down
• Vacuum cleaner dust (only if you have natural-fibre floor coverings though, otherwise you’ll be adding micro-plastics from the synthetic carpet fibres to your soil)
Nitrogen-rich materials - the ‘green’ layer
• Aged pastoral animal manure (not dogs /cats)
• Kitchen scraps (go easy on these)
• Fresh lawn clippings (again, not if you’ve got weedy lawns)
• Fresh green leaves, shredded
• Tea leaves (remove from bags, as most contain micro-plastics)
• Coffee grounds
Send in your container seedling photos to get us inspired
Today the Zero Waste Network has issued our top 5 priority actions for local government. Recycling, waste and plastic pollution issues are top of mind for ratepayers and communities. As local councils are responsible for minimising and managing waste, voters will be looking for leadership from their elected members.
TOP FIVE ZERO WASTE DEMANDS
1. Link waste reduction to climate emissions.
2. Bring community resource recovery to your district.
3. Improve quality and transparency of recycling and composting systems.
4. Invest in zero waste education and community engagement.
5. Reject any Waste to Energy Incineration proposals.
You can read the briefing and use it as a tool at local election meetings, in emails to candidates, on social media, etc to ask questions of candidates.
Check out the PDF document here:https://zerowaste.co.nz/assets/ZWN-Briefing-for-LG-candidates.pdf
Eco-social entrepreneurs and all-round fabulous women Ger Tew @therecreatorsnz and Yas Grigaliunas @circonomyaus chatting circular economy futures.
I met Ger in NZ on my recent Churchill Fellowship and we caught up again as she visited Brisbane for the Social Enterprise World Forum these past few days. My takeouts from Ger are a lack of making in our lives is causing unwellness and we each need to cut our carbon footprint by 75% if we are serious about climate action.
Yas is steaming ahead with Circonomy as a world and workplace where nothing is wasted, including human potential. Circonomy evolved from the World's Biggest Garage Sale and is deep into reuse, repair, repurpose, refurbish, recycle and recommerce.
I took many other photos from our visit to the Circonomy warehouse/shop, and Reverse Garbage, but somehow my Insta settings only enable me to post one. I chose this one.
A revolutionary “sand battery” has been touted as the latest “dirt cheap” large-scale low-emission energy storage technology.
Perfect for a country like Finland with 24/7 cold and dark days for half the year. It stores energy and released heat slowly to heat houses, and apartment buildings as well as providing energy for industries and local cities.
What does it look like:
100 tonnes of builder's sand, piled high inside a dull grey silo which functions as a thermal storage battery and stores heat from from hours to months.
How it works:
It is is charged up with heat made from cheap electricity from solar or wind and stores the heat at around 500C, which can then warm homes in winter when energy is more expensive.
Where is this working?
Are batteries made from sand the future of green energy? - CBBC Newsround The sand battery developed in Finland comes at a time when the country has had to reduce energy supplied by Russia.
If you have a market or event and want a creative walk up activity at your event... think of us!!
We do walk up upcycled crafts at events all over Auckland, with the aim of teaching the lost art of crafting AND getting our communities talking about, and moving toward, a circular, sustainable world.
We have a great selection of upcycled activites: tie dye, upcycled jewellery making, braiding, weaving, paper craft!
At markets we often get placed near the food stall area... so the kids can craft while a parent lines up for food!
AND if you visit events in Auckland and you see us there... come and say hi and do a bit of crafting!!
Contact [email protected] if you are interested at having us at your event!
We need to examine what the promise of an endless circle can, and cannot, deliver.
What is a solid starting point to advance circular approaches to our economies?
We've been loving being part of Wellness Month at libraries and community centres
in Albert-Eden and Puketāpapa Local Board area this month.
We've loved showing how to do:
DIY Powertools... making amazing Succulent Wall Hangings
Jewellery Making (upcycled)
AND... we still have one more great workshop to go with our gardening expert Buffie!!!
l Gardening for Wellbeing, Pt Chevalier Library, Friday 30 September 10am - 12noon l
Come and get ready for Spring, get propogating and planting. Buffie is full of great tips and is a wonderful person to learn gardening from.
Plus you will go home with planted seeds/seedlings for your Spring garden
Email: [email protected]
or pop into the library Pt Chevalier Library
Albert-Eden Local Board
Pt Chevalier Library
Photos from The ReCreators's post
Activists have brought a humorous yet enlightening row of ads presenting a harsh reality.
The aviation sector has doubled its emissions over the last decades and benefits a very small portion of the population.
The latest Eurocontrol sustainability report show that the sector doesn't have any plan to be carbon neutral in 2050.
According to the report, aviation would still emit 59 million tons of CO2 per year in 2050 in Europe only.
We had such an amazing day of workshops all across Tāmaki Makaurau today:
... and how to make your own cleaning products.
Thanks to everyone who came and joined us. We loved sharing our knowledge with you!
@maungakiekietamaki @Tamakiurbanmarketgarden @TamakiWRAP
Making an effort to prevent my fruit trees being eaten by guava moth. I’ll update you all if this recipe works!!
Check out the Lorne Street Fair where there will loads of interesting activities. We’ll be there Upcycling crafts so come join us.
You know a successful programme when the participants want to keep meeting to sew after it’s all finished. Love seeing relationships thrive in our creative eco system. Plus becoming members of Gribblehirst Community Hub.
We love teaching our upcycled after school art classes at Hub West in Henderson!
Which of a 6 New Zealand’s are you in terms of climate change. Take the 2 min survey.
Six New Zealands – The 1Point5 Project The Six New Zealands survey is a key piece of research undertaken by The 1Point5 Project with the aim of understanding public sentiment on climate change. Take the survey below to find out which of the Six New Zealands segments you most likely fit into.
Do you have a sewing machine at home that you are not using? We will be working with a group of rehoused wāhine and helping them to set up a sewing makerspace.
Please get in touch via our email: [email protected] or message us here on Facebook.
Lene and Buffie led a class today making Bags for a noughts and crosses kit.
Lene showed the kids a new way of playing where you only use 3 tiles and once you have placed them down you can move them again.
Creativity, sewing skills and game strategy. 🧵🪡👛👝
Esther led a wonderful session today at Shama Ethnic Women's Trust creating earrings from recycled plastic water bottle rings and wool. She designed the course herself and our Auckland ReCreators are keen to lead too as the earrings are gorgeous.
The conversations between the women made the session even more special and they walked away with new skills and beautiful creations.
The best feedback was around the meditative process which was so relaxing. Thanks to Ministry of Ethnic Affairs for supporting these workshops.
Have you heard of the concept of Degrowth? There is a growing movement against the idea of endless GDP growth. A movement of activists and researchers advocates for societies that prioritize social and ecological well-being instead of corporate profits, over-production and excess consumption.
Its about well being, a balanced working week, universal basic income to help people. A simplification of lifestyles to help planet and manage her resources more carefully. If you are keen to learn more and become part of the movement - join the Auckland Climate Festival event on Oct 6.
Degrowth – understand ecological economics as a sustainable pathway for business in Aotearoa, Auckland, Thu 6th Oct 2022, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm NZDT | Humanitix As part of the Auckland Climate Festival, Impact Hub Auckland is proud to present an explanatory and explorative look at the economic concept of Degrowth. Degrowth may seem like a ludicrous idea to many businesspeople. Yet science and non-governmental business influencers with strong mainstream cred...
Awesome event today supporting well-being businesses who after members of Puketapapa Business Voice. Juliette, Yalini and Frida ran a jewellery making workshop while Ger helped with the business presentations.
Thanks to Ella Kumar for all her support. Fantastic community event.
This is a good read!
Why you need a 'wellbeing wardrobe' People are buying more clothing than ever before in some countries, but it's not sustainable. Could a "wellbeing wardrobe" help?
Buffie and Lene both ran furniture restoration workshops in Glen Eden and Mangere. Both fully booked well in advance showing the demand for these. People brought their projects and learned throughout the wānanga.
There are four main stages which we go though in detail covering products and materials.
We also discuss borer, cracks and breaks plus maybe a 101 of upholstery.
Thanks to Waitākere Ranges Local Board and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board for their support. These are amazing skills and easy to do when you know how!!
WATCH 🎥 Artists in Kenya turn old sandals into colourful works of art
Flip-Flop Art | Ocean Sole // 60 Second Docs Ocean Sole, an ocean conservation group located in Kenya, turns flip-flop pollution into art and functional products to promote the oceans. Millions of disca...
Princely whales – the king of sea creatures that started life as anti-plastic statement sculpture is now degrading by a motorway in the UK, leaving a plastic residue.
In 2015, a willow whale showpiece was created to celebrate Bristol as it was named the 'European Green Capital'. The whale 'swam' in recycled plastic bottles used by runners in a 10K race and was it lit up in pride of place in Bristol Millennium Square.
Seven years later, the natural materials are rotting away, and what remains of the sculpture is the plastic ties left on wire and soil in bags weighing the sculpture down. A sad story about human nature and the "Green Capital".
And our “ironic twist to the tale” - attempting a royal headline, but sticking to our environmental mission!
Read the full story:
Five years on - Bristol's anti-plastic whales have their own plastic secret What became of the Bristol Whales
"Being easily recyclable does not equate to being recycled."
Figures provided to 1News from StatsNZ show more than 13.5 million kgs of ethylene polymers (the most common type of plastic) classed under waste, parings and scrap, was exported in 2021.
An open letter was sent directly to the Prime Minister in July calling on "Te kawe i te haepapa para - Taking responsibility for our waste". It calls on New Zealand to stop sending our plastic waste to developing countries. The petition was sent to Parliament and was delivered in person by Lydia Chai.
Lydia’s family lives in Malaysia, near to where our rubbish is being dumped and burned. This has caused a range of health and environmental problems, making this issue especially important for her.
MP’s Eugenie Sage (Green) and Scott Simpson (National) accepted the petition from the great group who came out to support the delivery in person.
While the petition has been delivered, this campaign is still active and you can get updates by still signing the open petition:
One news story:
Helping People Help the Planet
The ReCreators is a Social Enterprise based in Auckland, New Zealand, which promotes Upcycling either through purchasing products pre-made, custom-made or by learning to do it yourself (DIY) through workshops.
Everything is priced with the minimum of the Living Wage for those who provide workshops or make products. We offer a shared website for ReCreator artisans to work collaboratively while we manage the collective workshops, marketing, events and sales. The materials we use are either discarded or offcuts that would otherwise be destined for landfill. We feel they are beautiful and deserve a second chance on this planet.
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