Future Living Skills, New Zealand

The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions which reduce your environmental impacts. It offers you future living skills for a healthier lifestyle and a new approach to making smart consumer choices.

Where your local Council in New Zealand is a member you can download our learning guides, free once registered.  Go to the district and city gateway page on this site now, to check if they are on board! You need to register only once, then make a note of your password.

Our charitable trust has re-designed the education programme for a net-savvy public, so we no longer rely just on tutor-taught evening courses, although they are recommended where available (e.g. recently in Christchurch, Hutt City, and Timaru District). Now you can use Sustainable Living materials in your own learning group on future living skills, which could be home-based with neighbours, or at a community venue, environment centre or in the workplace. There is material in the learning guides for up to eight topic sessions, each of two hours. Registered users find those to download here.

From the learning guides, see how to make a healthier, drier and warmer home and how you can easily reduce your waste to landfill. Other topics to explore are: home food growing, water efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals, smart food shopping and preserving tips, reducing your power bill, eco-building design or house renovation suggestions, lower-carbon transport options, and community resilience. All have a practical focus and are independent of commercial bias. Enjoy exploring this site - it is also searchable. (If you find there that your District Council is not yet a subscriber, we offer some basic information for free on other pages about living more sustainably in NZ and suggest actions you can take 'for starters').

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Drying, freezing and bottling foods will preserve summer's garden harvest. Guide available at our Food guide.

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