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Wild & Free: Foraging in New Zealand for Budget Zero Wasters

Wild & Free: Foraging in New Zealand for Budget Zero Wasters

We love foraging as a way of getting some free, zero waste kai and we’ve written about this before. We also love the feeling of locality and seasonality that comes with foraging, as well as the heightened sense of connection with our surroundings. We’ve come […]

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2018: A Year in Review

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2018: A Year in Review

In the world of waste, 2018 was a pretty dynamic year for New Zealand. As the year began, Cyclone Fehi set the tone by ripping open a landfill on the West Coast, reminding us all that there’s no away to throw things to. In August, […]

Podcast 16: Helena Ruffell: Microplastics from New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plants and in Our Oceans

Podcast 16: Helena Ruffell: Microplastics from New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plants and in Our Oceans

  International research has made alarming discoveries about the pervasive nature of microplastic pollution in soil, waterways and the ocean, and revealed uncomfortable truths about how our everyday activities contribute to this problem. You may have read or heard about some of this research, but have you ever […]

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting in touch with businesses who you reckon could do more on the waste front is a great way to make changes. People often believe that their one letter or phone call won’t make a difference, but it can be surprising the changes small groups of people […]

Preaching to “the Converted” #6: Marcella and Jilles Hoedemaker

Preaching to “the Converted” #6: Marcella and Jilles Hoedemaker

We are a Dutch family who immigrated to NZ in 2011 and landed in Dunedin, where we still live, with much pleasure. We are a husband (Herman) and wife (Marcella) with a 19 year old (Thijs) and a 13 year old son (Jilles) and an 8 […]

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Recently, Hannah published an article in the journal Policy Quarterly about New Zealand’s waste policy. See the PDF below for the full issue (Hannah’s article starts on p.13). The article focuses on the neglect of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, the impact that decades of virtual non-action […]

Podcast 15: Shelley Wilson: In My Kitchen

Podcast 15: Shelley Wilson: In My Kitchen

  Palmerston North local Shelley Wilson is at the forefront of the low-waste living movement in New Zealand, which has grown rapidly over the past few years. In 2017 Shelley launched In My Kitchen, an online retail store and info hub, designed to help her […]

Greener than What?: the shortfalls of comparing milk packaging options within the disposability paradigm

Greener than What?: the shortfalls of comparing milk packaging options within the disposability paradigm

SPOTTED: this sign in a Chch grocery store yesterday, giving us a confused mixture of feels: pleased and disappointed. We’re pleased that this conversation is being had, but disappointed at how it’s communicated here.   We want to start by saying that we agree with […]

Zero Waste in Gisborne District/Te Tairāwhiti

Zero Waste in Gisborne District/Te Tairāwhiti

NB: All our regional guides cover as many low-waste options as we could find for food, drink, kitchen and food packaging, cleaning products and bathroom products – scroll down to view each category. At the end of each district section, we also list community groups, […]

The Rubbish Trip Has Gone Car-Free!

Since our decision in July this year to continue The Rubbish Trip beyond its initial one-year timeframe, we’ve been considering how to do this car-free. On the first Sunday of October 2018 we finally took the plunge, ditching “Fossy the Foss” and opting to continue […]