On Saturday I attended a training workshop run by the Auckland City Council on how to run a zero waste event. It was very interesting to learn about the different types of packaging and their effect on the environment. I certainly think I could lessen my family’s packaging footprint in a few areas by being more organised. For example only buying fresh produce at my local market and making home made gifts.
I was alarmed to find out that the so called plastic ‘eco bags’ being used by many retailers now are just as damaging as regular plastic bags, if not more, due to their unique breakdown. These bags made by Eco-Pal Ltd claim to be environmentally friendly and suitable for domestic compost. However an investigation proved this claim as misleading, and in August 2013 the company were sentenced at the Auckland District Court for breaching the Fair Trading Act (read the press release here).
On a lighter note, it was great to meet like-minded people that shared a passion for building a sustainable and healthy future for our communities. I even managed to set up a possible future collaboration that I look forward to documenting on this blog.
As Auckland City moves towards it’s long term goal to be a zero waste city by 2040 there are some great things happening in the realm of sustainability. So check out your local council website and see what sustainable projects are under-way or upcoming. They are are great way to connect with your community and to be part of the bigger picture; that is, to build a greener, cleaner future for generations to come.