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Spring Festival of Change

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Spring is a time where we see and feel a lot of changes happening around (and often within) us. We're taking this opportunity to make some "new year's resolutions" and try out some things we'd like to do better for our environment or for our own wellbeing and lifestyles. 

We're hoping a few others - local groups, families and individuals - will join in on trying something new. This could be remembering to bring your own coffee cups for takeaways, starting a daily practice of meditation, breathing or exercise, changing your habits of buying (to fair trade, local, organic etc) or any number of things you'd like to change in your life.

Lucette (Lyttelton Farmers Market) and Selena (Harbour Co-Op) will be eating locally grown food for the month. Read about their experiences on their blog, Lyttelton Locavore.

Sarah (Waste Matters) will be on instagram collecting things that have made her smile - look out for #manymene (or add your own under that hashtag).

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Spring Festival Film

Reusable cups

Only Globelet reusable cups are being used at the street party for ALL drinks and soup. Globelets are New Zealand-made and are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free. You buy your globelet for $2 when you buy your first drink, then the Globelet is yours to use for the night (you can even rinse it at our rinse station!). At the end of the night you can take it home or return it for a refund.

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Glow Paint not Glow Sticks

Glowsticks are lots of fun, but not so great for our environment. The chemical generally used in them is Dibutyl phthalate, which can cause irritation or nausea.

The outer of glowsticks is made of plastic. The combination of Dibutyl phthalate and plastic is a nightmare! We think they would take 1000+ years to breakdown in landfill. If they don't make it to landfill (which they often don't) they're not something we want polluting our waterways.

So we have come up with something that has less of an impact on our environment: Resene have a paint called "Nightlight" ( Follow the safety instructions for this paint and combine it with the idea in this video ( to make glow-in-the-dark bracelets that your children will want to keep and bring out every night! You could also create glow in the dark wands using sticks if short of time. And there must be many other creative ways to play with this stuff!

Happy glowing!