A Thank You

To Zahra at GeoZone, and the Roadtrippers/Campermate team for featuring the UYOC guide on a bunch of their apps. Love this community, all about keeping New Zealand beautiful. 🌈 Thanks to Lola Photography for this cracker pic. 

Mrs Goodness

This is Esther. And HERE is her blog and shop, with gorgeous items and encouraging words. We have a lot of time for Esther. She's a real human, doing the best she can, and sharing her experiences. Gently. No shouting, no preaching. Gently. Read more below..

I’m a kiwi mum who has become very passionate about the idea of living a ‘Good’ life.  For me, this means a fulfilling, healthy life which is not experienced at the expense of others. I strive to make daily lifestyle choices that are ethical, responsible, practical, and sustainable – for me, for my family, for my community, and for our environment.

Of course, I don’t get everything right, and I’m fine with that. Life is a journey; one giant learning experience.  If I tell my kids it’s okay to make mistakes so long as you try your best and learn from them, well then, I should practise what I preach and live my own life this way!

If I had planned from the start to end up where I am now, I know I would have been far too overwhelmed by the prospect of implementing so many changes to my daily life to even begin.  But the truth is, it all started with baby steps motivated by a desire to actually do something to change the world for the better, rather than just sit around agreeing or disagreeing, judging or feeling judged.  I think for many of us, it is the fear that what we do won’t be enough – enough for what? – that prevents us from doing what we deep down believe to be right.  Also, there is a misconception that living the Good Life is hard work, requiring much more effort than the advertised life of convenience.  But I have to say that my life now is far more comfortable, manageable, and every bit as convenient as it ever was in the past. Moreover, I feel peaceful in my heart, knowing I do what I say, and say what I believe.

I believe that money is a tool, not a value.  I believe that we can heal our bodies and thrive, if we just take the time to watch, listen, feel, and allow ourselves to grow in our own individual ways.  I believe that we can be happy, successful, and fulfilled, without squashing or sacrificing anyone else in our quest to be so.  I believe that working hard for something meaningful is a gift, not a burden.  And I know that I’m not perfect and I never will be, but that isn’t a reason to stop trying to be good.

Esther x

Before You Fly...

CAFE, CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT 🌏 Sells Reusable Keep Cups 🐒 Pet Friendly 🌱 Plant Based Options/Alt Mylks 🍰 Gluten Free Options 🍱 Use Your Own Container  🌻 Take Out Grounds For Your Garden 📱 Free Wifi  🌈 Do a little search on UYOC for Coffee Culture Christchurch Airport to see more…

Take 3 For The Sea

The message is simple: take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway, anywhere, and you've made a difference. The sea is downhill from every storm drain, every street, every river. Take 3, and we CAN make a difference. Share your work with the instagram account below by tagging #take3forthesea in your own posts. 

CUDDLE

No further comment required hey. Just cuddle. 

Why UYOC Began

My daughter and I saw David Attenborough at The Civic in February 2017, and he told us all to go do something to support grassroots community actions, to change our personal behaviour and to encourage proactive initiatives, and he's the man, so I did. I started uyoc.co.nz so I could help address single-use waste while supporting local NZ businesses, and at the same time, raise funds for NZ registered charities, without creating another product in this overcrowded world. Let's make David proud.

New Coffee Alert...

Available at The Hangar - Flight Coffee from today! It has incredible notes of Blueberry, Caramel & Peach as a black coffee & Blueberry & Cream, Caramel and Plum as a white. 🌈 Do a little search on UYOC for The Hangar - Flight Coffee to see more about the brew and the venue…

Water Refill Cafes

You know you can use us to find a cafe in NZ who will happily refill your water bottle or flask for you? Whether you are a customer of not. No need to buy single-use plastic again...