Cleaning up little pockets of the south

Environmentalist Sian Mair is making Invercargill a more beautiful place, one clean-up at a time.

CLEANING up the rubbish around Invercargill’s coastline, one spot at a time, is the goal of Invercargill student Sian Mair.

The Southern Institute of Technology environmental management student said her motivation for improving the environment came after snorkelling in the Bay of Islands.

“The rubbish on the ocean floor was terrible.

“That was what lit the fire in my belly to want to begin combating rubbish pollution.”

Since then she had used her blog to aid everyday New Zealanders to make small changes to improve the world they lived in.

“It’s little, simple alterations to your lifestyle. It doesn’t need to be a total overhaul.

“If everyone did something small, it would have a really big impact.”

Her blog contained information about buying ethical and sustainable products and handy hints including how to clean green, using household items instead of harsh chemicals in plastic packaging.

“Everything on the website is tried and tested by me, I am not paid by anyone.”

All her household cleaning was mainly done using lemon, vinegar and baking soda, she said.

“It gets really good results.”

When she moved to Invercargill, from her hometown of Russell in the North Island, she decided the clean-ups would not only provide a way to help the environment, but also a way to meet people in her new home.

The clean-up planned for September 26 would be the fifth Sian had organised since she moved to Invercargill in February. It would focus on the area under the trees to the south of the Bond St Estuary car park.

Volunteers were asked to meet at the estuary car park at 11am and to bring their own gloves, bags and a keep cup as Cafe2U would be there.

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