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Preaching to “the Converted” #1: Rachel Benefield

Preaching to “the Converted” #1: Rachel Benefield

The first post in our “Preaching to ‘the Converted‘” series features Kāpiti Coast local artist, Rachel Benefield. Back in April 2017, Rachel attended our talk in Paekākāriki. Some might have said this talk was not a success – only five people attended. It certainly felt […]

Launching ‘A Waste of Time?: Preaching to the Converted’

Launching ‘A Waste of Time?: Preaching to the Converted’

For over a year now we have been running public presentations on how individuals can reduce their household rubbish. If we had a $1 for every time an audience member has come to us at the end of our talk and said “it’s great what […]

Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty

Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty

Living without a rubbish bin is certainly possible in the Bay of Plenty. We were quite surprised by how many options there were for getting essentials without packaging, particularly around Tauranga City District. As an example, one of the signs of a zero waste friendly […]

Podcast 5: Nándor Tánczos: The Waste Minimisation Act 2008

Podcast 5: Nándor Tánczos: The Waste Minimisation Act 2008

  In 2006 the Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill, a private member’s bill in the name of Nándor Tánczos, was pulled from the ballot in the New Zealand House of Parliament. After an extended period going through Select Committee and the various readings in the House, […]

Podcast 4: Colin and Gabrielle Kemplen (Transition Matamata): The Kiwi Bottle Drive

Podcast 4: Colin and Gabrielle Kemplen (Transition Matamata): The Kiwi Bottle Drive

  The Kiwi Bottle Drive is a national campaign calling for 10c bottle deposits in Aotearoa New Zealand in order to reduce littering and lift recycling rates. In Matamata, the local Transition Town has embraced The Kiwi Bottle Drive with resounding success, spearheaded by their president […]

Zero Waste in Hawke’s Bay

Zero Waste in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay features an impressive array of zero waste options. Real highlights for us were Cornucopia Organics in Hastings and The Chantal Shop in Napier. These two stores are really one-stop shops for all your zero waste needs. On top of that, they are really […]

Zero Waste in the Greater Wellington Region (including Wellington, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa)

Zero Waste in the Greater Wellington Region (including Wellington, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa)

Here we have it – a zero waste shopping guide for the Greater Wellington Region (including Wellington, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa). As Wellington was our training ground for living zero waste, it was natural for us to scope out the options in the city […]

Environmentally-motivated behaviour change: reflections from This Time of Useful Consciousness

Environmentally-motivated behaviour change: reflections from This Time of Useful Consciousness

On Wednesday 19 July, The Rubbish Trip delivered our presentation at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. We did so while the exhibition ‘This Time of Useful Consciousness – Political Ecology Now’ was running. This beautiful, stirring exhibition tackles the thorny issue of climate […]

Podcast 3: Chats at the Repair Cafe, with Kāpiti Menzshed and Kāpiti Community Centre

Podcast 3: Chats at the Repair Cafe, with Kāpiti Menzshed and Kāpiti Community Centre

  On Thursday 20 July, The Rubbish Trip took part in a Repair Cafe, organised by Kāpiti Coast District Council as part of their No8 Wire Week. The event took place at Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre. Throughout the day members of the public came […]

Bare Essentials: Recipes for Zero Waste Toiletries

Bare Essentials: Recipes for Zero Waste Toiletries

One of the most helpful ways to approach zero waste living is to apply the 6Rs hierarchy to all possible waste-producing scenarios . That is, to Refuse, Replace, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and only in that order. (The ‘Replace’ R is a new addition, suggested to […]