The reusable cloth bag giveaway in Upper Hutt is back by popular demand.

As part of Council’s sustainability programme, the reusable cloth bags are available for free from Council Reception, H2O Xtream aquatic centre, Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre, and Upper Hutt Central and Pinehaven Libraries from 1 August. Selected retailers in the city will also provide a free bag with purchases, while stocks last.

The reusable bag giveaway during August will encourage shoppers and retailers to use an alternative to regular plastic shopping bags in an effort to reduce waste going to landfill. The cloth bag has been so popular with the community that council has reproduced it for a second year.

Every week during August there will be spot prizes for people who post a picture of themselves on Upper Hutt City Council’s Facebook page using a reusable bag. Community group ‘Boomerang Bags’ will run a workshop for people who want to upcycle textiles otherwise destined for landfill.

The cloth bags feature two works of art by local Silverstream artist Pip McKay, showcasing Upper Hutt themes. The 2017 artwork is printed in blue, with a ‘Love our river’ theme to highlight the impact of plastics entering our waterways. They are printed with environmentally-friendly inks, on fair trade cotton.

Participating stores

City Centre

  • Ailsa’s Crystals
  • All about Nail & Beauty
  • Avison’s Home & Giftware
  • Avison’s Living and Leisure
  • Be Gifted
  • Bentley & Sue Optometrists
  • Bespoke Tailored Curtains and Blinds
  • Botanical Beauty Co
  • Chaplow’s Custom Picture Framers
  • Coleman on Main
  • Created Homewares
  • Dwight’s Outdoor
  • Everson Manufacturing Jewellers
  • Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre
  • Fireworx
  • Hair on Princes
  • Head Case
  • Hello World
  • Jackies Four Seasons
  • Jock’s Vapes
  • Kristin’s Flower Shop
  • Lagans Pharmacy
  • Liberty Books
  • New Leaf Skin Care
  • 100% Newbolds
  • Niro Hair & Beauty
  • Paws & Claws
  • Print Big
  • Queen Street Pharmacy
  • Readers Book Exchange
  • So & Sew
  • Something Crafty
  • Stunning Hair
  • Tantastic Tan & Beauty
  • Te Omanga Hospice Shop
  • The Cycle Centre
  • The Gun Shop
  • Thimbles and Threads
  • Tinsleys – STIHL Shop
  • Tigerlily
  • Unichem – Upper Hutt Health Centre
  • Unichem Maidstone Pharmacy
  • Variety Plus
  • Wesley Thrift Shop
  • Wheeler’s Footwear
  • Writer’s Plot Reader’s Read
  • The Mall:

    • Unique Mobile Shop
    • Maidstone Sports
    • Health 2000 Ltd


  • Hathaway Treasures

Silverstream Village and surrounds

  • Silverstream Cruise & Holiday Centre
  • Silverstream Pharmacy
  • Chatsworth Stationers
  • Plush Studio
  • Bud Florists
  • Stream Beauty

Totara Park

  • Zazu Hairdressing

Broadway Shop

  • Unichem

North Trentham/Fergusson Drive

  • The Hub
  • Victoriana Florists


  • Little Haven

Te Marua

  • Sawmiller’s Quiltery

Also available from the following Council facilities:

  • Upper Hutt Central Library
  • Pinehaven Library
  • H2O Xtream
  • Upper Hutt City Council reception
  • Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre

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Last updated on 26 Jul 2017