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Eco Day: A day for the environment

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Eco Day is on June 29. Photo supplied. 

Protecting the environment is no easy feat.

But Howick’s very own Eco-Day on Saturday June 29 will give you all the tips and tricks to do your best for the environment.

This free community event held by the Howick Village Business Association (HVBA) Inc. coincides with new legislation which bans the distribution of single use plastic bags from July.

The HVBA saw this as a great opportunity to engage with the community and develop a sense of pride in our community supporting eco-friendly, environmentally sound practises.

Various community groups will have stands and displays educating the public on aspects of sustainable and environmentally friendly ideas.

The Sunday Markets will be bigger than ever with additional stalls promoting/selling environmentally friendly products.

Native seedling will also be given away on the day.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will be in Howick from 10.45am till 12 noon.

At around 11am there will be a brief official presentation.

The Howick Historical Village will also be participating with displays and demonstrations on recycling past and present.

Rag rug making, butter making, beam brooms and shoe repairs are among the presentations of recycling and reusing in action in the mid to late 1800s.

Cardboard recycling, bokashi, allotments and composting demonstrations show recycling and reusing in action today.

All are welcome.

In preparation for Eco-Day, recycling collection points are now up and running throughout the village. Support the HVBA and the environment by donation and recycling items.

  • Glasses/contact lenses/glass cases – Howick Village Optometrists
  • Old unused medicines – Life Pharmacy and Unichem Pharmacy
  • Good quality books – Poppies Books Ltd
  • Pre-loved bras, swimwear and new underwear – Loose Threadz in Moore Street – to be sent to needy ladies in Tonga and Fiji through the Uplift NZ Project
  • Hotel products /shampoos/soaps etc – Sutton and Turner Travel Associates in Moore Street to assist women’s refuge and similar organisations
  • Old mobile phones – Poppies Books and Merrell in Picton Street – through the SwapKit Project – funds received support Autism NZ
  • Clean/new single use plastic bags and clean plastic bread bags – being collected at 101 Design Store for the Rawiri Community Trust who knit these into items for homeless people
  • Good quality tote/shopping bags – contact HVBA and we will collect for our new ‘Boomerang Bag’ stands in the Village
  • New or good quality children’s winter pyjamas/items – collections for these items in the Village will wrap up next Friday (21/6/19) so we can deliver to Middlemore Foundation.

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