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Podcast 8: Carrie and Jay: Inspire Wellness Whangamatā

Podcast 8: Carrie and Jay: Inspire Wellness Whangamatā

  On the eastern coast of Coromandel, in a town called Whangamatā, Carrie and Jay have opened Inspire Wellness – a yoga studio, an organic shop and organic cafe – an exquisite place to nourish oneself and to simply be. We were drawn to their […]

Regional Zero Waste Shopping Guides

Regional Zero Waste Shopping Guides

As we travel across Aotearoa New Zealand delivering our talks, we are taking time to suss out the local area, asking ourselves the question “if we were to live here, how would we make our zero waste lifestyle work?” By answering this question (through research, […]

Zero Waste on the Coromandel Peninsula (including Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki Districts)

Zero Waste on the Coromandel Peninsula (including Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki Districts)

The Coromandel Peninsula (including the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki Districts) is stunningly beautiful and there is an energy in the community to keep it that way. Dotted around the peninsula are all kinds of businesses and initiatives seeking to support the local community to minimise waste, […]

Podcast 7: Phil McCabe: Solscape and Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Podcast 7: Phil McCabe: Solscape and Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

  Phil McCabe is the co-founder and chief executive of Solscape, an eco-accommodation in Raglan featuring unique, alternative buildings, yoga, clean eating, surf instruction and organically grown produce, nestled atop a hill overlooking the stunning curve of Ngarunui beach. Until recently, Phil was also the […]

Preaching to “the Converted” #2: Rosie Morrison & Plastic Free Flatties

Preaching to “the Converted” #2: Rosie Morrison & Plastic Free Flatties

Rosie Morrison lives in Wellington and is in her first year studying to be a paramedic at Whitireia Polytechnic. When she’s not learning about CPR and what to look for in a sick patient, she’ll be at home in her Mt Cook flat, getting muddy […]

Podcast 6: Robert Scott: Reclaimed Timber Traders

Podcast 6: Robert Scott: Reclaimed Timber Traders

  Back in July 2017, The Rubbish Trip interviewed Robert Scott of Reclaimed Timber Traders, an incredible organisation in Palmerston North that rescues timber that would otherwise be sent to landfill, resurrects it, and gives it a new life (they will even make specific items to […]

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, […]