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swaporamarama_lyttelton_festival_of_lightsSwap-O-Rama-Rama - upcycle your wardrobe!

When: Saturday 19 June, 11am - 4pm

Where: Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Wincester Street

How much: $10 plus a bag of clothes per person.

A clothing swap where people can create new items from old treasures. This event is sponsored by Singer (sewing machines) and Yudu (screen printers).

New Zealand's first Swap-O-Rama-Rama was on 20 February 2010 as part of the Lyttelton Summer Festival. It was a huge success. Many thanks to all the event's 40 volunteers, who sorted, sewed and screenprinted amazing creations for the more than 250 people who attended!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. At Swap-O-Rama-Rama consumers are taught to be creators and this transformation takes place through the local talent in the community.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama by Wendy Tremayne, is an international network protected under a Creative Commons License. Lyttelton’s Swap-O-Rama-Rama is proud to be sponsored by Singer and Yudu. For more information and upcoming Swap-O-Rama-Ramas click here.


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!