Before the collision: #1 Another reason why living in Wellington is the raddest

Photo care of Wellington Low Carbon Challenge Facebook Page - click image to be taken there

Photo care of Wellington Low Carbon Challenge Facebook Page - click image to be taken there

You might know about the meetups we support, the events we host and the learning opportunities we create. But what happens behind the scenes at Collider? Our new series, "Before the Collision" is a diary from our Activation Manager Kate Macdonald where she highlights the conversations she is having, great work she is seeing in the community, events and workshops she is attending, and all the things she is learning, seeing and being surprised by in Wellington and beyond. 

10th of November 2017

Hey Collider Community!

I spent Halloween at the Low Carbon Challenge 2017 Finale Event hearing solutions to the tricky problem of reducing carbon emissions in Wellington. What a treat. It reminded me how rad Wellington and Wellingtonians are.

The Low Carbon Challenge, led by our friends at Enspiral, Wellington City Council and PledgeMe, supports six teams of humans with early stage ideas or businesses that will help to lower carbon emissions in Wellington. Over eight weeks the teams are connected with advice, support and connections to help grow their concept into a tangible business.

Alumni from previous intakes include electric car share service (and Welly BizDojo residents!) MEVO and repurpose extraordinaires Misprint Co, so you know this is a high calibre initiative.

Another rad thing about the Low Carbon Challenge is the Low Carbon Partnership Fund - the good sorts at Wellington City Council, BNZ, Powershop and Greater Wellington Regional Council will match dollar for dollar whatever the teams raise from their PledgeMe crowdfunding campaigns.

The teams are now one week into their month long crowdfunding campaigns (links below). Check them out and maybe make a pledge? I’ve pledged to Wa Collective - I share their passion for double denim and puns, and share the view that period poverty shouldn't even be thing.

  • Wā Collective are championing a revolution for the menstruation cycle. They provide innovative solutions to period waste, period poverty and the period taboo. Period.

  • Poly Palace, the regions polystyrene recyclers expanding to combine new and recycled products to create ‘Earth Dingy’ -  a tiny house x earthship.

  • Gurgl are diverting waste, building community and creating income with a clothing library subscription service for baby clothing.

  • Organic Dynamic are expanding their successful business to progress their mission to offer ocean lovers environmentally friendly surfboard options made from recycled polystyrene and NZ timber (did you see Jack at TedX Welly?!, if you didn’t you should totally watch this)

  • Kapiti Biodiesel are building a locally owned, cooperative biodiesel lab, housed in a shipping container that converts waste cooking oils and fats into biodiesel.

  • The Wast-ed crew are bringing together the different initiatives across Wellington's waste reduction community to connect, collaborate and create a city-wide movement towards a waste free Wellington.

I always love to talk to people in the Wellington business community about what we are doing, what we could do, and what we could do TOGETHER! If you are curious about Collider, or have an idea for something great we could do together feel free to reach out via email or over on Twitter