Climate change  |  3 Nov 2020

Households across Christchurch are learning to reduce their household waste with a little help from award-winning waste educator Kate Meads.

“I travel around the country teaching people how to reduce waste, save money and do their bit for the environment,” Meads says. “I find one of the most common barriers to individual behaviour change is the perception that their personal actions won’t make a difference.”

“We know what we need to do but it all seems like too much work to try to change everything overnight and it’s not always sustainable in our modern busy schedules," Meads said.

“However, if everyone does one small thing for our environment every single day, we will start to make a difference that will count.”

At her popular Foodlovers Masterclass workshop, attendees learn how to reduce food waste with tips on how to prepare, plan, portion, store and freeze food, and to reuse, recycle and compost.

She also runs a Waste Free Parenting workshop to educate people on the financial and environmental benefits of using cloth nappies instead of disposables.

“A child will use more than 5000 nappies from birth to two years and for disposable nappies, these go straight to the landfill and create pollution,” Meads says.

"One of my challenges to parents who attend my workshops is to get them to commit to using just one cloth nappy per day because if they do that, 365 disposable nappies per child per year will not go to landfill.”

Kate works with councils across the country, including Christchurch City Council, to deliver more than 150 workshops a year.