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Podcast 25: Professor Susan Krumdieck: Transition Engineering

Podcast 25: Professor Susan Krumdieck: Transition Engineering

Dr Susan Krumdieck, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, is a leading proponent of the emerging field of Transition Engineering, and Co-Founder of the Global Association of Transition Engineering (GATE). Over her career, Krumdieck has researched every type of renewable energy technology and sustainable […]

Podcast 24: Katrina Wolff: Blue Borage

Podcast 24: Katrina Wolff: Blue Borage

Katrina Wolff is the creator of Blue Borage, a business in Auckland through which she supports households, schools, workplaces and communities to develop and sustain on-site edible gardens, and to compost their way to beautiful soil. Katrina is a strong believer in ensuring everyone in […]

Govt Consultation on Landfill Levy, Waste Data and More: An Explainer from the Zero Waste Community

Govt Consultation on Landfill Levy, Waste Data and More: An Explainer from the Zero Waste Community

Ngā mihi mō te tau hou! At the end of last year the Ministry for the Environment released an 81 page tome announcing a proposal to increase and expand the waste disposal levy (the landfill levy), improve waste data, and make a plan for how […]

Preaching to “The Converted” #10: Kate and Antony White

Preaching to “The Converted” #10: Kate and Antony White

  Kate is a school teacher specialising in Te Reo Māori and Coordinator of the Mid-Canterbury Timebank. She and her husband, Antony (an accountant), live in Ashburton, New Zealand. They’ve been actively reducing their waste since the beginning of 2019. Kate wrote on her blog […]

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: A Year in Review

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: A Year in Review

What a year 2019 has been for the zero waste movement in NZ! While the movement has been growing steadily internationally for some time, 2019 felt like NZ’s year for raising the profile of this way of life. This is partly because loads of things […]

Podcast 23: Tyne-Marie Nelson: Healing the land through Rongoā Māori and Para Kore

Podcast 23: Tyne-Marie Nelson: Healing the land through Rongoā Māori and Para Kore

. In our eyes, Tyne Nelson is one of New Zealand’s unsung heroes, who has built her life around the principle of working on behalf of Papatūānuku, taking direct actions to heal the land and to be a voice for the whenua (the land), the […]

Hey New Zealand! This summer, let’s not be chuckers…

Hey New Zealand! This summer, let’s not be chuckers…

This post is part of The Rubbish Guilt-Trip series. Before you read on, we recommend reading the initial post (if you haven’t already), which describes our intention behind this series and the straight-up communication style we will be adopting. Ah, summer, a time for Kiwis to kick back, relax, […]

Waste-to-Energy: Sending Zero Waste Up in Flames

Waste-to-Energy: Sending Zero Waste Up in Flames

Key Points Waste-to-energy incineration proposals for municipal solid waste are popping up around NZ. Regardless of what waste-to-energy proponents claim, burning rubbish is not zero waste. It’s a continuation of the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy, which is unsustainable and the anathema of zero waste. We need […]

Turning a Blind Eye: Backyard burying and burning of rubbish in New Zealand

Turning a Blind Eye: Backyard burying and burning of rubbish in New Zealand

This post is part of The Rubbish Guilt-Trip series. Before you read on, we recommend reading the initial post (if you haven’t already), which describes our intention behind this series and the straight-up communication style we will be adopting. Burying and burning household and plastic rubbish […]

The Rubbish Guilt-Trip: Two No-Waste Nomads Get Blunt with People

The Rubbish Guilt-Trip: Two No-Waste Nomads Get Blunt with People

The Rubbish Guilt-Trip is a category on our website specifically for posts on thornier, possibly controversial, issues, and how they relate to zero waste. Many of these topics are ones that, up till now, we’ve steered clear of for fear of touching nerves. They focus more on individual behaviour and practices, as […]