Waste free warrior coming to town

Press Release – Auckland Council

31 March 2016

Waste free warrior coming to town

The eastern suburbs will soon be hosting a waste free parenting warrior. Also known as The Nappy Lady, Kate Meads is an environmental advocate who runs workshops sharing inspiration and tips to minimise waste at home, especially for those with a young baby or children.

The workshop will show you how to reduce waste at home, introduce you to sustainable products for use in the home, demonstrate modern cloth nappy options, give washing tips and advice and show the environmental impact of the choices you make at home every day.

The Waste Free Parenting Workshop will be held on Monday 11 April, 7:00pm – 9:30pm at the Tamaki Ex-Services Association Hall, St Heliers.

Kate has been holding the workshops around New Zealand for many years, and while she originally focused on modern cloth nappy options, she now finds there are many other ways people with children can live more sustainably – while contributing to Auckland’s vision to be zero waste by 2040.

“There are so many different household options out there now that make environmentally conscious choices so much easier – from reusable baby food pouches and lunch wraps, to easy to use and wash cloth nappies. As a parent you have a vested interest in wanting to protect our planet for the future, and these workshops give great tips on easy ways to do just that. If we all just make a small change every day the results will be hugely significant,” she says.

Workshop attendees will also receive an additional free pack worth $90 to take home per household, containing three modern cloth nappies.

Regional Strategy and Policy Committee chair, Councillor George Wood, says the workshops are one of the many initiatives Auckland Council is delivering to ensure the city reduces waste.

“The workshop is a great way for people to learn how to make positive environmental choices at home, providing practical ideas to make simple changes that really do make a difference,” he says.

Kate says the audience for the workshop has expanded over the years. “I’m finding that it’s not just new mums coming to these workshops, but expectant parents, lots of grandparents, care-givers, child care workers and environmentally conscious child-free people wanting to pick up sustainable tips for the home. It’s not just the primary care-giver who needs to know these tips, but the entire household, which is why the ticket price will cover two adults from one household,” she says.

If you’re new to parenthood or an old hand and would like to know more about Waste Free parenting, book now atthenappylady.co.nz. There are limited spaces so grab your ticket today.

The Waste Free Parenting Workshops are regionally funded by Auckland Council through the Waste Minimisations Levy, working towards making Auckland a Zero Waste city by 2040.


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