Paul Ryan with fellow competition winner Jo Wynne
Interview with Jo Wynne – the winner of the most artistic/creative category of our Styrofoam Tray recycling competition back in September.
What do you do to live more sustainably (with a low impact) in your life?
Recycle – love the Christchurch bin system and challenge myself to keep the red lid bin empty. Grow vegetables. Shop at the Op shop for clothes which I often redesign – for example I’m opening some silk scarves to make a crazy patchwork jacket.
How do you live more sustainably in your work?
I’m retired but in my last job I used public transport and walked to work and reduced paper use.
What do you think is the biggest environmental issue we need to deal with in Christchurch/New Zealand?
Water allocation and quality, and transport.
What makes you smile?
Sun, flowers, babies and The Conchords
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Any negative judgement based on difference
What is your favourite colour and why?
Blue: we have amazing skies – I love to look at different cloud shapes against the blue background. Also I love the blue-green colour of some rivers and lakes – for example Hokitika Gorge.
Do you have a favourite place in the world? Describe why?
Tauranga Bay and any part of the West Coast coastline that has the wild sea crashing on the rocks and huge sea spray. This comes from living on the Coast as a child.
What’s your connection to Sift?
I have an ongoing interest in sustainability but only came in contact with Sift through winning the Creative section of the recent competition what to do with non- recyclable styrofoam meat plates.
Do you remember your favourite teacher and why they were your favourite?
My favourite teacher was enthusiastic, funny and liked me.
What do you want to leave behind?
What do you think the future will bring?
More awareness of the interconnectedness of all life.
Who is someone you really admire and why?
Nelson Mandela for his apparent lack of bitterness, anger, revenge for the unjust treatment against himself and the blacks of South Africa.
What is happening outside your window right now?
Flowers and new leaves opening by the minute, weekend walkers and dogs.
What is your favourite breakfast?
Homemade muesli with raw fruit – kiwi, orange , apple, orange and Greek yoghurt
What is the best piece of advice you can give us?
It feels as though you are on the right track by using interesting fun ways to get across a serious message and lead people to rethink their lives. So do keep on doing the same thing and at the same time find more ways to reach even more people.