You may or may not know that one of Project Lyttelton's projects over the years has been waste minimisation and education around waste. For our festivals, we work hard to prevent waste and to deal with it responsibly when we do create it.
The waste minimisation project has been taken up again recently, with a few goals and initiatives we will share with you over the next months. One of the first areas of waste the project plans to address is the takeaway coffee cup.
It is great to see that our local cafes are all aware of the situation with takeaway cups.
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At Civil and Naval you get 50 cents off your coffee if you bring your own reusable cup. Several outlets in Lytteton are selling the “Love Lyttelton” ideal cup – a reusable coffee cup made here in New Zealand. You can get one from Harris and Turner, The Harbour Co-Op, the Lyttelton Farmers Market or the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre.
Lyttelton Coffee Culture is currently running a completion – every time a guest uses a reusable cup, they go into the draw to win a $200 top up on their culture cards: $100 for them and $100 for a friend.
A local business owner, Maree from Henry Trading, has another solution – just bring a cup from home! Maree told me that this practice started for her about three years ago when she was keeping all her coffee cups for use in her potting studio. After a year, the volume of cups was huge – and there were far too many to use in the studio. Now she has a collection of beautiful wee cups – exactly the sort she likes for the size and type of coffee she prefers, fine china – and she has never broken one.
Project Lyttelton and several London Street business owners are also looking into possibilities for a local composting system that will be able to handle large volumes of compostible takeaway cups – a worm farm, hot rot system or other form of composting.
For previous events and happenings see the archives.
What is special about the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival? Many things spring to mind: First is the natural beauty, unique plants and wildlife, the amazing terrain, bays and weather of Banks Peninsula.
Second is the amazing skills and knowledge of the guides who volunteer their time to lead a walk: from experts in geology, botany and history, to enthusiasts for the arts, home chicken-rearing and local cafes.
This year's festival is extending to four weekends (8th - 30th November), and will offer many of the popular walks from previous years. We are also looking for any new guides who have something special they'd like to share in the townships, rural areas or wilderness of the peninsula. Walks range from thirty minutes to overnight, and can take a specific place/track as their point of interest, or be modeled around any interest area.
There are so many wonderful things about the Garage Sale - good cheap stuff, waste minimisation and community fund-raising. And the Garage Sale has just extended its opening hours, so you can now shop on Wednesdays from 11am til 4pm.
Community groups who would like to make use of the fund-raising that the Garage Sale offers can book a Wednesday. See the Garage Sale page for more information about how it works.