En­vi­ron­ment savers come south

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - JANE MATTHEWS

Whether you live alone or have a fam­ily of eight, af­ford­able ways to save the en­vi­ron­ment are just one, or two, work­shops away.

Two Sus­tain­able Taranaki work­shops are com­ing to South Taranaki in Novem­ber for the first time af­ter all their suc­cess in New Ply­mouth.

One of the work­shops looks at com­post­ing, worm farms and mulching and the other at tox­i­cfree clean­ing prod­ucts.

‘‘The com­mu­nity re­ally wanted to look at com­post­ing sys­tems be­cause the green waste bins are not there any more,’’ Erin Stram­pel, the work­shops co­or­di­na­tor, said. ‘‘So we thought we’d do one in O¯ pu¯ nake.’’

Dee Turner, the fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the work­shop and a Taranaki En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Trust trustee, said she looked at an af­ford­able, easy way to com­post.

‘‘It’s for the home com­poster,’’ Turner said. ’’It’s look­ing at lots of dif­fer­ent tech­niques that will suit the size of peo­ple’s gar­dens and the amount of waste that comes out of their kitchen.’’

Turner, who has been run­ning work­shops sim­i­lar to this for 12 years, said a lot of peo­ple looked at com­post­ing and said it looked too hard.

‘‘I say to peo­ple if they use the tech­nique that I show them, no mat­ter how big their com­post, it’s go­ing to work 100 per cent ev­ery time,’’ she said.

‘‘And it’s go­ing to come out smelling sweet and they’re go­ing to be able to grow a gar­den from it.’’

‘‘It's look­ing at lots of dif­fer­ent tech­niques.’’

Dee Turner

The toxic-free clean­ing prod­ucts work­shop has been pop­u­lar too, Stram­pel said.

‘‘The fa­cil­i­ta­tor Krys­tel Watts, she’s got a fam­ily of six kids,’’ she said.

’’She kind of looked at the prod­ucts that she was us­ing in the home and didn’t know what half of them were and that’s not re­ally a safe en­vi­ron­ment for six kids.’’

Watts, of Ha¯ wera, started mak­ing her own prod­ucts, which she calls Watts Good Cre­ations, and now she sells them and shares them.

The work­shop teaches peo­ple how to cre­ate toxic-free prod­ucts, and the par­tic­i­pants will walk away with testers too.

The com­post­ing work­shop takes place on Novem­ber 18 in O¯ pu¯ nake and costs $5 to at­tend. The toxic-free clean­ing prod­uct work­shop takes place on Novem­ber 11 in Ha¯ wera - it costs $12.

Tick­ets can be bought on­line at www.sus­tain­able­taranaki.org.nz.


Erin Stram­pel holds the toxic-free clean­ing prod­ucts, while Dee Turner shows off her worm farm.

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