Sustainable Living

Find out about sustainable living events and activities at libraries.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap - September 2019

Got some home-saved (or leftover bought) seeds to share? Pop them in at one of our participating libraries and we'll put them out for everyone to share. See your local library's Great Library Seed Swap listing to find out where and when.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap display, South Library
The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap display, South Library, 13 August 2018, Flickr 2018-08-13-SO-IMG_1345.jpg

This is for everyone! Don't worry if you don't have any seeds to share this year, you might next year. We welcome vegetable, herb, flower, native and heritage seeds - and you can even bring any spare seedlings you have potted up.

Seeds can be dropped in any time before or during seed swap times - if you're bringing in seedlings, please drop them off at the beginning of the week.

Grow those seeds, save new seeds, and share your surplus next year! Thank you and happy gardening.

The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap: Where and when

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
Monday 2 to Sunday 8 September (during library opening hours)
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Shirley Library
Friday 6 September and Saturday 7 September (during library opening hours)
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Fendalton Library
Saturday 7 September and Monday 9 September (during library opening hours)
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Lyttelton Library
Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 September (during library opening hours)
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Hornby Library
Monday 9 September, 2pm to 5pm
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Tūranga
Saturday 14 September, 10am to 5pm
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Linwood Library at Eastgate
Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 September (during library opening hours).
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Papanui Library
Saturday 21 September, 10am to 4pm
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South Library
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, 10am to 2pm
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Little River Library
Monday 23 to Saturday 28 September (during library opening hours)
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Parklands Library
Monday 23 to Saturday 28 September (during library opening hours)
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Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Monday 23 to Saturday 28 September (during library opening hours)
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Find out more

Want to find out more about seeds and gardening? Visit our page about gardens and gardening and explore the books, magazines, and eMagazines in our collection.

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More sustainability events in Ōtautahi

Waste Free with Kate workshops

  • Waste Free Parenting Workshops: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September at the Harvard Lounge, Wigram
  • Waste Free Living Workshops: Monday 23 September at the Harvard Lounge and Friday 27 September at Hao room in Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.
  • Foodlovers Masterclass: Friday 27 September at Hao room in Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.
  • Find out more about the Waste Free with Kate workshops.

About the Sustainable Living Series

Christchurch City Council has been a leader on climate change for many years and is now actively planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build the resilience that Christchurch needs to support climate adaptation. In support of this, a series of public talks, workshops and Storytimes are being created.

The Sustainable Living Series was launched on Sunday 10 February 2019 at Tūranga. It starts off a two-year programme developed by Christchurch City Libraries to support the Council's climate change strategy.

Sustainable Christchurch

Christchurch City Council defines sustainability as:

A dynamic process of continual improvement that enables all people, now and in the future, to have quality of life, in ways that protect and enhance the Earth’s life supporting systems.

Sustainable Christchurch on the Christchurch City Council website has lots of information about living and working smarter, making better choices. Find out about:

  • Sustainability at home
  • Schools and sustainability
  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable communities
  • Resource efficient Council

Read more about Sustainablility policies at Christchurch City Council.

The Sustainable Living Programme

The Sustainable Living Programme is a New Zealand community education programme is a practical, fun way to learn and try out actions that reduce your environmental impact at home.  It’s an opportunity to 'make a difference for the planet', probably save on living costs and be healthier too. Think of it as learning future living skills, relevant at any stage in life. The charitable trust is managed from Canterbury for 15+ partner unitary, city and district councils across New Zealand.

Find information in our collection

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eResources

  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
    Explore more than 3 million articles on global warming, climate change, alternative energy, environmental policy, going green, recycling, soil, plants, agronomy and more.
  • GreenFile
    GreenFILE contains a collection of scholarly, governmental and general interest titles which examine the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done to minimise these effects.
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