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Warkworth Library organises sustainability showcase day

Posted at 11:03am Monday 06 May, 2019

A clothes swap, bag making, gardening advice and home heating tips will be just a few of the things on offer at a special sustainability day at the Old Masonic Hall in Warkworth on Friday, May 24.

Organised by Warkworth Library, the event is designed to showcase groups promoting sustainability in the region, from waste minimisation and recycling initiatives to chocolate making and electric cars.

A free clothes swap will be run during the day, where people will be encouraged to bring in a garment or two and swap them for something they fancy on the rail. Any unswapped clothes left over will be donated to a local charity.

Auckland Council's low carbon living specialist, Lucy Pierpoint, will be on hand to discuss Live Lightly, a practical programme showing people how they can make a real difference with how they travel, eat, shop and so on, while library manager Lisa Outwin will demonstrate Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT). The HEAT kits, which are available from the library, include tools, meters and timers to measure heat and check moisture levels, running costs, energy use and so on, plus advice to make homes healthier and warmer, and how to save on power bills.

There will also be a stall making resuable cloth bags, and a variety of community groups offering advice on growing your own food, making compost, recycling, minimising waste and repairing items.

Senior library assistant for community engagement Katie Mitchell says each stall will also display a selection of relevant books available from the library, so people can learn more about particular topics.

The sustainability day will run from 10am to 4pm, and is free of charge for both the public and stallholders. Anyone who would like to take part, know more or who could help out on the clothes swap stall should contact Katie Mitchell on 021 947 734 or katherine.mitchell@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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