Flo McNeill – the first bag bank

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Plastic Free July champion, Flo McNeill, has instigated Welly’s first official alternative system to the plastic bag, the Paekākāriki Bag Bank, in an effort to support her whole community on the road to becoming plastic bag free. Flo talks about how, the challenges and wins in this interview.

http://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/Our-District/on-to-it/sustainable-communities/paekakariki-bag-bank/

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince- plastic free and beyond

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In the spirit of Plastic Free July, Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are about to bring you an evening of information about living Zero Waste… Wellington-style.  In this interview Hannah and Liam share about the Zero Waste Movement’s key principles, pioneers and  we glean a few tips on how to live like they do- WITHOUT a rubbish tin.

Plastic Free and Beyond: Living Zero Waste in Wellington

Find out more about the event https://www.facebook.com/events/1588953981402827/

Plus more on living plastic free

Plastic Free July Challenge http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/the-challenge.html

 

erik zydervelt- changing the way we move

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Word on Welly streets is that people can hardly wait for Mevo Car Share, New Zealand’s FIRST electric car share, to be launched here this spring. MEVO came through last year’s Smart Energy Challenge, and now looks set to not only disrupt the current car sharing system, but also be a shift in attitude for us “must own our own car kiwi’s” by being a cost saving, better experience alternative to car ownership. Founder Erik Erik Zydervelt talks to B-Side Stories about the journey.

 

http://mevo.co.nz/experience/

Thanks to Stuff for the photo.

Wellington – a Fair Trade City

 

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Wellington has been a Fair Trade City for over five years! In this episode of B-Side Stories, Laurie and Laura visit some businesses that bring fair trade values to life.

You’ll hear:

Wellington Chocolate Factory – http://www.wcf.co.nz/

All Good Bananas and Karma Cola – http://allgoodorganics.co.nz/

Stories coffee – https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/661693826/

Trade Aid Wellington – http://www.tradeaid.org.nz/index.php

Commonsense Organics – http://www.commonsenseorganics.co.nz/

Cenna Lloyd – welly’s bee buzz

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Does it feel like every second person you know is now keeping a hive?  Cenna Lloyd is beekeeper for her own business Local Flavour Honey and also helps everyone else to keep their bees too. So why is Wellington becoming a mecca for bees, and why would urban honey be better?

http://www.localflavour.co.nz/

Mel Beirne, Tim Packer, Linnea Lindstroem – can gardening save the world?

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We are always told that planting a food garden could save us money, But now I am hearing that gardening could save our world? Really?

So in this interview we talk to three of Welly’s most well known gardeners,Linnea Lindstroem of Edible Oasis and workerBe oasis, Mel Beirne from Brooklyn Orchard and Garden trainer for Garden to Table, and Tim Packer of the Innermost Gardens who discuss how gardening just might do that.

 

http://www.innermostgardens.org.nz/

http://edibleoasis.net/

https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynFoodGroupNZ/

https://www.facebook.com/WorkerBeOasis/

Innovation for Conservation

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In this interview we chat with the Kiwi innovators behind a wasp-killing bait, an Iwi-led restoration project from Tolaga Bay and a new-generation native lizard monitoring system from Wellington based EcoGecko Consultants Ltd. They have each been awarded $25,000 from a WWF New Zealand grant to recognize their contribution to innovation in conservation.

The awards, now in their second year are a celebration of Kiwi innovators whose ideas look set to make a real difference in the fight to protect our special places and wildlife.

 

http://www.wwf.org.nz/what_we_do/community_funding/innovation/

http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2003261-135/award-for-iwi-led-tolaga-project

https://www.facebook.com/EcoGecko-Consultants-Ltd-341875135846155/?fref=ts

Peter Gilberd – The Woodridge Planters

Peter Gilberd Woodridge 1I have recently had the pleasure of meeting Peter Gilberd, founder of the Woodridge Planters, a community planting group based in Northern suburbs of Wellington. They were recognized for the massive work they have done with an highly commended award in the Wellington Airport Community Awards. The Woodridge Planters are also part of a riparian tree planting project with the Million Metres Streams and are crowdfunding to plant out 400 meters of one of Welly’s few streams, the Belmont Stream. However through the simple act of planting trees, it is clear this is having a huge effect not only on the environment but on the entire Newlands community.

https://www.facebook.com/Woodridge-Planters-131786613520768/timeline/

http://www.woodridge.org.nz/

http://millionmetres.org.nz/open-project/belmont-stream

Melissa Keys – the conscious consumer

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Local organisation Conscious Consumers were recently described by the Herald as a “phenomenon,” as since only 2010 they have been helping to shape a better world in the NZ hospo industry by accrediting the good stuff that 300 cafes and restaurants do, and communicating that to 40 000 Conscious Consumers, who have signed up to support those businesses.

Melissa Keys is one of the backbones of the Conscious crew, and in this interview she talks about why she cares about the work she does and why she wants us to be part of their next revolutionary idea, the ‪#‎GoodSpendCounter‬‪#‎CountMeIn‬!

The Good Spend Counter will mean that more free range produce, fair-trade coffee and more local suppliers will be supported by our cafes. That can only be a good thing for our animals and our local economy and our environment, so yes please #‎CountMeIn.

For more info www.countmein.nz,  only one week to go.

https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/3601

http://consciousconsumers.org.nz/

Neil Anderson – from one night parties to a 500 year plan

2015-05-25 14.20.58 Not every city in the world can boast an eco-sanctuary just 10 minutes from it’s center and while we Wellingtonians may sometimes take the 20 year impact of this for granted, ranger Neil Anderson certainly doesn’t, even after working there for 15 years. In this interview we hear about Neil’s diverse daily work at the sanctuary and how he went from creating one night parties for Louis Vuitton, at New York Fashion Week to working towards a 500 year vision for Zealandia Ecosanctuary.