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

MEVO

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/

Samantha Jones – little yellow bird

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How do you get from working in the air force to wanting to help revolutionise the fashion industry?  Samantha Jones, founder of a new Wellington business Little Yellow Bird, tells us about her journey doing just that, and her passion behind supplying corporate uniforms that use ethically sourced fabrics and are made under fair working conditions.

Her big message -” Buy less and be thoughtful about what we do buy.”

http://www.littleyellowbird.co.nz/

Steve O’Connor – rocking the electricity boat

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One Wellingtonian currently rocking the electricity boat is Flick Electric Co. CEO Steve O’Connor. As well as being just the kind of rising star in the tech scene that Wellington is trumpeting, Flick Electric is bringing our attention closely to the dirty side of our power use, with their “Choice” app. The app has been downloaded by over 3000 people since it’s release in February.
The dirty truth is out; listen to this interview with  Steve to hear more about what we can do to clean up our act.

https://www.flickelectric.co.nz/company/#sustainability

http://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/71790/bernard-hickey-looks-whether-flick-electric-could-use-new-technology-and-raw-market

http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/energy/energy-data-modelling/publications/energy-greenhouse-gas-emissions

Ryan from Switched on bikes & Russell from NoCar Cargo

PicMonkey CollageOne year on from the Wellington Smart Energy Challenge we catch up with Russell from NoCar Cargo and Ryan from Switched On Bikes to see how their smart businesses are faring and the challenges of being small business owners in the CBD.

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

WWF

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