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Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


Waste Pyramid - Refuse Wastage!

Written by Stephanie on May 30th, 2018.      0 comments

The way things are going I'm worried earth is going to end up like the movie WALL-E, where humans were driven off earth because it was unsustainable to live there anymore.  People were consuming at a fast pace without thought, while the earth was piled up with mountains of rubbish until nothing would grow anymore.  The mountains of rubbish in the movie looked the the recycling piles that are growing in New Zealand right now - have a look at this, we can't ignore it so easily when it's on our back doorstep!
 
Huntly Refuse Centre

We've all be sucked into the consumer age but we need to try and get ourselves out of it for the sake of the planet and future generations!  This first blog in my 'waste pyramid' blogs is about refusing waste.  This is the first thing we need to think about when we purchase items and we need to be asking questions of ourselves before we buy things.  We need to refuse wastage!
 

Before Purchasing Ask Ourselves:

  • Do I really need a new ...?  Can we do without it?
  • Could I get the old one fixed rather than replace it?
  • Could I buy second hand?
  • Could I borrow from someone, if it is something I don't use often?

 

When Purchasing Always:

  • Consider the less packaged option, refuse over-packaged items
  • Choose items that you can get parts for and can be fixed if broken or refilled/reused
  • Refuse single use plastic, styrofoam, etc
  • Refuse plastic! We'll have more on this over plastic free July but some tips are:
    • Choose items in glass, paper, and cardboard over plastic
    • Take your own re-usable coffee cup when getting a takeaway coffee
    • Carry a reusable non-plastic drink bottle
    • Take your own containers to takeway places you know will use plastic or styrofoam
    • Store containers, reusable utensils, straws, etc in your car for meals on the go
    • Choose skin and haircare in bar form, in tin or glass over plastic bottles
    • Always have reusable shopping bags in your car/s and in your handbag
    • Use reusable containers, paper or wax wraps for school/work lunches.
 

Refuse By Using Reusable Products Such As:

Ethique hair and body bars
Joco coffee cups and stainless straws
Reusable shopping/produce/bulk bin bags
Biodegradable dental care products
Honey in glass jars
Honeywrap food wraps

We've decided it's so important that we all take care of our world that we now sell a range of plastic free products  to help our customers start to make a difference.
 
Topics: Enviromental Recycle Reducing Waste
 

Waste Busters Workshop Week 2

Written by Stephanie on May 24th, 2018.      0 comments

We've just had week two of the 'Waste Busters' weekly workshop at Go Eco in Hamilton.  It's an opportunity to share ideas on creating less waste, having fun making waste-free products and chatting about creating change in our world.  

Did you know that putting your food waste into the rubbish bin increased our green house gases!!!  The food will  decompose without oxygen and release methane gas, which over time raises the earth temperature.  Find out more here - Love Food Hate Waste.
 

FoodWaste-900Growing Food To Reduce Waste


This week we covered growing food to reduce waste.  If we grow some of our own food we reduce wastage in many areas, we reduce:
  •  Water and resources associated with intenstive growing
  • Transport costs
  • Imperfection waste (only the good looking fruit or veges get sold in stores and imperfect items usually get dumped)
  • Spoilage (so long as we share or preserve our surplus)
  • Packaging (single use plastic)
Not to mention reducing our costs!

Not only can you grow your own fruit, veges and berries but you can easily grow your own micro-greens and sprouts.  Micro-greens and sprouts are a great way to start!
 

Options for Food Waste

  • Start a compost bin or bokashi unsink system (so easy)
  • Maintain a worm farm
  • Have chickens or feed someone else's chickens, or pigs
  • If you have surplus produce then share with friends or neighbours or if you have a lot of surplus contact a community food bank or an organisation like Kiavolution that distributes food to those in need.
Topics: , Enviromental , Reducing Waste
 

Waste Busters Workshop Week 1

Written by Stephanie on May 20th, 2018.      0 comments

I've just joined a 'Waste Busters' weekly workshop with Go Eco in Hamilton.  It's an opportunity to share ideas on creating less waste, having fun making waste-free products and chatting about creating change in our world.  It will cover: food, the garden, cleaning (personal and home), celebrations, work, recreation and travelling.  Can't wait to learn some new tricks!

It is great that most people are recycling their plastics and other recyclables.  But did you know that China are no longer taking other countries recycling?  Many of New Zealand's recycling centres have plastic piling up with no where for it to go!  Have a read of this example in Huntly where the Huntly transfer station is described as 'slums of Mumbai'.  It's a real concern!

So reducing waste is even more important than ever!  

In session one we talked about what waste is and how to avoid it. I love this definition of waste - 'Waste is a resource we haven't figured out what to do with yet'.  It's so true!  If we think outside the square there might be a use for our waste, we just need to stop and think before we throw things out!

This waste pyramid is very helpful to remember when you are thinking about waste.


Waste Pyramid

Refuse:
When purchasing items or food refuse unnecessary packaging and single-use plastic.  For example purchase items in glass or paper rather than plastic.  Do you even need the item in the first place?  Can you do without? 

Reduce:
If you can't avoid waste then try to reduce it as much as possible, can you borrow instead of buy or buy second hand?  Look to get chickens, start a compost bin or/and worm farm to reduce food scrap wastage.

Reuse:
Can you use it for something else?  If you have to buy things in plastic containers, reuse them for storing items and food.  Pass on unwanted clothes and items to others, there are always people in need.  Mabye give old containers, lids, egg cartons, scraps of material, wood, etc to your local Playcentre for childrens craft. 

Recycle:
If you can't refuse, reduce or reuse then recycle.  Use your councils recycle bins, put all your soft plastics in the specified bin at the supermarket.  Remember to use recycle bins when you're out instead of just rubbish bins, if there aren't recycling bins available then please take items home to add to your recycling.

Recover:
You may be able to recover materials or energy from waste.  I just love this story about some retired men in Wanganui turning trash into cash for the community, check it out!

Dispose:
Finally if you are unable to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle or recover then the final resort is to dispose of the item in the landfill.  The least the better!

I've been thinking lately that if we have the mindset of people in the great depression that would really help our environment, treat everything as a resource to be used to it's full potential and not wasted.

 

To Help Our Earth Start Using Re-usable / Plastic Free Products

We've decided it's so important that we all take care of our world that we now sell a range of plastic free products  to help our customers start to make a difference:​
 
Topics: , Enviromental, Plastic Free , Recycle , Reducing Waste
 

World Bee Day

Written by Stephanie on May 20th, 2018.      0 comments

World Bee Day logoToday is the first annual World Bee Day! The United Nations declared the date as World Bee Day in December 2017, after years of campaigning by the Republic of Slovenia to get recognition for bees and their importance to the environment.

It's all about raising awareness about the critical role of honey bees in our communities and economy, and the need to protect their health.

Bees are critically important to New Zealand and to the New Zealand economy – much more so than you might think! Without bees, our gardens would be without many of their plants and flowers, and our major agri-export industries (worth around $5 billion) would be in severe trouble! At least one-third of our food depend on honey bees for pollination, this food provides us 35% of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. What would happen to our nutrient food intake and in turn our health if our bees disappeared? Albert Einstein said, “If the Bee Disappeared Off the Face of the Earth, Man Would Only Have Four Years Left To Live".

Honeybee colonies are dying or disappearing in record numbers in the USA. Thriving colonies disappear overnight without leaving a trace. The bees seem to fly off never to return, leaving the queen bee and mother of the hive to starve to death.
 

Read what you can do to help our precious bees

 

We Love JOCO Reusable Cups!

Written by Stephanie on May 8th, 2018.      0 comments

New Zealanders throw away tens of thousands of takeaway cups every day!  These cups, that we use only once, can take 200 years to break down into tiny toxic particles that affect our precious oceans and sea life. 

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The great news is that if you like takeaway coffee or tea you don’t have to give them up to look after our environment! Just swap to reusable!
 

We Love The JOCO Reusable Cups!


JOCO cups are designed to enhance your morning brew, save your taste buds and help out mother nature.
Most of us have had a coffee or tea served in a disposable paper or Styrofoam cup. Annually, over 500 billion disposable paper, Styrofoam and single-use plastic cups are used worldwide and this figure is rapidly rising each year. Shockingly, these cups deplete natural resources, increase C02 emissions and most are sent straight to landfill where they add to the global waste crises.  That equates to 50,000,000 trees cut down and harvested for the sake of convenience.
 

There’s a Whole Host of Benefits For You and The Natural Environment When Using JOCO Reusable Cups:

 
1.  Don't Beat Up Your Tastbuds
JOCO cups are made from high quality, non-porous, borosilicate glass. They are lightweight and resistant to extreme changes in temperature. Their superior durability makes them microwave and dishwasher safe. Your JOCO cup is free of all harmful chemical nasties including BPA, lead and cadmium. Glass doesn’t affect flavour so you will taste your coffee or tea, not your cup.

2.  It's All In The Details
Just like the attention that goes into brewing a good tea or coffee, JOCO takeaway cups have been designed and created with an absolute passion for the little things. JOCO cups are first-class.


Thermal Sleeve
The thermal silicone sleeve keeps your coffee or tea at the optimal temperature and your hands cool.

Splash Proof and Nose-Dome Lid
Our one-way lid means no more coffee splashes when you are on the go. The specially designed nose-dome feature means no more embarrassing nose to lid collisions.

Barista Friendly
The liquid volume of the glass cups is measured from standard takeaway cup sizes. We keep the baristas happy and they approve your JOCO cup with thumbs up.

JOCO thermal-sleeve-919-252  JOCO barista-certified-189

Purchase JOCO cups here!


Information and photos curtesy of www.jococups.com 

 
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