Choose quality


If you do need to buy something new, consider buying a really good quality item that will last for years. This can save you money in the long term, as well-made items may need replacing less often; which means less rubbish ending up buried in a landfill. Next time you shop, choose one good New Zealand-made quality item.

Choose quality

If you do need to buy something new, consider buying a really good quality item that will last for years. This can save you money in the long term, as well-made items may need replacing less often; which means less rubbish ending up buried in a landfill. Next time you shop, choose one good New Zealand-made quality item.

Second hand treasures


Buying second hand clothes can be the best way to steal designer labels at bargain prices. Auckland also happens to be home to many vintage and boutique second hand stores, where there are treasures for any style available. Check out some of the central city’s offerings as a starting point for your next adventure. Prefer to shop online? There are plenty of local Facebook ‘giving groups’ where members give away unwanted items or swap clothes. You can find reasonably priced quality second hand clothes and items easily on other online shops like Designer Wardrobe, Carousell or TradeMe.

Second hand treasures

Buying second hand clothes can be the best way to steal designer labels at bargain prices. Auckland also happens to be home to many vintage and boutique second hand stores, where there are treasures for any style available. Check out some of the central city’s offerings as a starting point for your next adventure. Prefer to shop online? There are plenty of local Facebook ‘giving groups’ where members give away unwanted items or swap clothes. You can find reasonably priced quality second hand clothes and items easily on other online shops like Designer Wardrobe, Carousell or TradeMe.

Fix it


Every day in Auckland we throw away broken or damaged stuff, and replace it with a brand new version. Often these items only have something small wrong, but we don’t know how to fix it. Next time something needs mending, try repairing as this can often save you money on buying new. For only a gold coin, you can take your items needing repair to your local Repair Café and  expert repairers from your community will fix it up for you. Follow Repair Café Auckland on Facebook to find the next Repair Café near you. No Repair Café nearby? Go online and have a go yourself, check out the free repair guide at ifixit.com.

Fix it

Every day in Auckland we throw away broken or damaged stuff, and replace it with a brand new version. Often these items only have something small wrong, but we don’t know how to fix it. Next time something needs mending, try repairing as this can often save you money on buying new. For only a gold coin, you can take your items needing repair to your local Repair Café and  expert repairers from your community will fix it up for you. Follow Repair Café Auckland on Facebook to find the next Repair Café near you. No Repair Café nearby? Go online and have a go yourself, check out the free repair guide at ifixit.com.

Be efficient


Next time you need to upgrade  an appliance such as your fridge, washing machine, or television, make sure you check the energy or water efficiency rating of the product to ensure it’ll cost you less to run in the long term. If you’re buying second hand make sure you remember to check, as there can be a difference in efficiency between different models of older appliances.

Be efficient

Next time you need to upgrade  an appliance such as your fridge, washing machine, or television, make sure you check the energy or water efficiency rating of the product to ensure it’ll cost you less to run in the long term. If you’re buying second hand make sure you remember to check, as there can be a difference in efficiency between different models of older appliances.

Say no to the bag


Next time you go shopping, remember to bring reusable bags with you instead of taking the plastic ones provided. Most supermarkets now sell reusable bags at the checkout, so if you forget yours or need more, opt for those instead. Saying no to the bag will not only lower your carbon footprint, but also save millions of bags from ending up in the ocean. If you want to know more about the effects of plastic on the marine environment, watch the documentary ‘Plastic Ocean’.

Say no to the bag

Next time you go shopping, remember to bring reusable bags with you instead of taking the plastic ones provided. Most supermarkets now sell reusable bags at the checkout, so if you forget yours or need more, opt for those instead. Saying no to the bag will not only lower your carbon footprint, but also save millions of bags from ending up in the ocean. If you want to know more about the effects of plastic on the marine environment, watch the documentary ‘Plastic Ocean’.

Bring your own


Imagine all the energy, water and people involved in making a cup for you to just use once! In New Zealand, every year over 100 million takeaway cups are used once then thrown away.Avoid all that rubbish and buy yourself a reusable coffee cup - many cafés stock them, or you can even order online and design your own. Taking your own cup can also save you money, as more and more cafes are offering discounts when you bring your own. Make a personal pledge to remind you – if you forget your cup, you don’t get the coffee – or just take a moment to sit and drink it at the cafe!

Bring your own

Imagine all the energy, water and people involved in making a cup for you to just use once! In New Zealand, every year over 100 million takeaway cups are used once then thrown away.Avoid all that rubbish and buy yourself a reusable coffee cup - many cafés stock them, or you can even order online and design your own. Taking your own cup can also save you money, as more and more cafes are offering discounts when you bring your own. Make a personal pledge to remind you – if you forget your cup, you don’t get the coffee – or just take a moment to sit and drink it at the cafe!

Recycle right


Almost every Auckland household already recycles on a regular basis, well done! It’s just as important to shop with recycling in mind. Look for items with packaging that can go into your recycling bin, not your rubbish bin or bag. This is an easy way to keep packaging like paper and cardboard from ending up buried in a landfill. If you'd like more information about what can be recycled, and other waste services in Auckland, visit Make the Most of Waste.

Recycle right

Almost every Auckland household already recycles on a regular basis, well done! It’s just as important to shop with recycling in mind. Look for items with packaging that can go into your recycling bin, not your rubbish bin or bag. This is an easy way to keep packaging like paper and cardboard from ending up buried in a landfill. If you'd like more information about what can be recycled, and other waste services in Auckland, visit Make the Most of Waste.

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