Staff at Love Cafe displaying the Kata Kapu - Free Keep Cup jars for coffees. 21070904
Already we are a third of the way into Plastic Free July and it is great to see so many activities happening around Rarotonga, writes Te Ipukarea Society.
overall message of Plastic Free July is that every small effort counts. When
you begin to make changes, they start to become a habit. Everywhere we look now
we are seeing people carrying their reusable water bottles. The next thing
might be remembering to bring your own washable straw, cutlery or takeaway
day in the month of July Te Ipukarea Society is sharing ideas on some small
changes you can make to reduce plastic in your life, from simple swaps to
recipes for zero waste cleaning products. You can check out these ‘Hot Tips’ on
Facebook and Instagram if you need some inspiration.
is a lot happening around Rarotonga for Plastic Free July. Yesterday we were at
Apii Takitumu chatting to the middle syndicate students. They are studying
Ridge to Reef and their main focus is waste, in particular plastics. The
students are trying to find create ways of reducing the need for plastic
shopping bags by turning old T-shirts into tote bags.
the Punanga Nui markets is the new Rent-A-Plate initiative where you can get a
reusable plate, cup and cutlery for a small donation and return them to be
washed. Even though there are a lot of fantastic biodegradable containers now,
there is unfortunately still a lot of plastic and bio-plastic which can’t be
backyard composted in Rarotonga, and so it goes to landfill.
may have seen our ‘Kata Kapu’ jars at some local cafes around Rarotonga.
Perfect for all those times that you forget to bring your washable keep cup for
your coffee or hot chocolate. Instead you can grab a free jar to use and reuse
it as a travel cup.
can also take a Kata Kapu heat sleeve to protect your hands from the hot jar.
The latest sleeves have been made by June Hosking from upcycled wetsuits which
have been sanitised and sewn into what June calls ‘Jar Undies’. Sunshine Mata George has also been helping
figure out how to weave the perfect cup holder for the jars from kikau or
pandanus. We can’t wait to see what he
comes up with.
of the cafés that currently have the Kata Kapu jars include Love Café, Kai
& Co, Boba Tea, and The Café.
really can come over a cup of coffee, so please visit and support these cafes.
are always looking for help if you might like to help sterilise jars or sew
heat sleeves. We are also grateful to those who drop off jars, especially size
350ml and up. There is quite a demand for large jars like the tall Nescafe
instant coffee jars which are especially good for those giant boba teas and big
great Plastic Free July initiative is the Ministry of Education’s ‘Trash to
Fash’ concept. Concurrent Teacher
Trainees (CTT) have been given the assignment of designing a fashion garment by
reusing and upcycling rubbish, subject to strict criteria.
lecturer Sandra Starr says the learning is rich and the problem solving is an
invaluable process. Sandra and Kimi Napa are team teaching, with the objective
of creating a resource that can support schools future planning for 2022.
Perhaps from next year we will see a National Schools Trash to Fashion
Trash Innovations will be presented to a closed audience culminating in a
Runway Competition. The event will be judged by Sabine Janneck our very own
Circle Cooks Ambassador, Terena Koteka-Wiki will represent Te Ipukarea, and
Kimi Napa, MoE Arts Advisor.