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Podcast 21: Laura “Kitty” Cope: UYO Aotearoa Cafe Guide

Podcast 21: Laura “Kitty” Cope: UYO Aotearoa Cafe Guide

  Laura “Kitty” Cope is the Creator, Founder, Driving Force Extraordinaire of UYO Aotearoa Cafe Guide (formally, UYOC). UYO stands for Use Your Own and is a nonprofit cafe directory. Laura launched UYO in late 2017 after seeing both David Attenborough and Jane Goodall in February 2017. […]

Preaching to “the Converted” #9: Jess Ettridge & Family

Preaching to “the Converted” #9: Jess Ettridge & Family

We (Jess, Corey, Ivy and Calvin) chose to make Nelson our home after moving from Perth. We’re loving exploring our new backyard and becoming part of the local community. We always tried to tread lightly on the Earth (gardening, composting and home-cooking) but started to […]

Podcast 20: Kristy Lorson: Founder of Zero Waste in NZ! and EarthSavvy

Podcast 20: Kristy Lorson: Founder of Zero Waste in NZ! and EarthSavvy

Kristy Lorson needs no introduction for any New Zealander passionate about zero waste. In 2016, after she, her husband (Davian), and her daughter (Savvy) had already been living waste-free for 18 months, she set up the Zero Waste in NZ! Facebook group. Little did she […]

Podcast 19: Lesley Ottey: Eco Educate

Podcast 19: Lesley Ottey: Eco Educate

  It’s a truism that children are the future, but in the present era of ecological collapse, the pressure on the next generation to revolutionise how humans live on earth is huge. Equipping them for this task is not easy either.  However, Lesley Ottey, is […]

Podcast 18: Mike Bilodeau: After the storm, coordinating the South Westland Coastal Cleanup

Podcast 18: Mike Bilodeau: After the storm, coordinating the South Westland Coastal Cleanup

  At the end of March 2019, a heavy storm triggered massive flooding across the West Coast of the South Island, causing infrastructural damage, as well as loss of life. The storm also ripped open a legacy landfill situated on the riverside in Fox Glacier, […]

Podcast 17: Emma Heke: Heke Homemade Herbals and Red Heke Productions

Podcast 17: Emma Heke: Heke Homemade Herbals and Red Heke Productions

(Photo of teapot pouring tea by Daniel Allen Photographer, Nelson). Emma Heke is someone who greatly inspires us. In 2015, Emma started Heke Homemade Herbals, a business selling beautiful herbal tea she grows herself on her south-facing urban garden in Nelson. Nowadays, her tea still […]

6-Monthly Transport Footprint (5 October 2018-5 April 2019)

6-Monthly Transport Footprint (5 October 2018-5 April 2019)

Six months ago we gave up our car in order to reduce The Rubbish Trip’s transport emissions footprint. We’ve since started logging all our transport into Catalyst’s free ACE Carbon Calculator to calculate our transport emissions. We’ve created a handy infographic (below) as our first 6-monthly report-back. We really […]

What to Do About Single-Use or ‘Avoidable’ Plastics and Plastic Packaging?

What to Do About Single-Use or ‘Avoidable’ Plastics and Plastic Packaging?

Key Points The zero waste approach to plastics reduction focuses on replacing single-use plastics and plastic packaging with reusable alternatives (rather than single-use disposables made of other materials). The New Zealand Government has lots of powers to regulate single-use plastics and plastic packaging under the […]

Our Position on Essential Oil Use in Homemade Toiletries

Our Position on Essential Oil Use in Homemade Toiletries

*** Please read this post in full if you have used our toothpaste or deodorant recipes prior to 26 March 2019 and added the “optional” essential oils to them. We have changed our approach to the use of essential oils in these two recipes. *** […]

Preaching to “The Converted” #8: Jamie Tuvae me tana whānau

Preaching to “The Converted” #8: Jamie Tuvae me tana whānau

Kia Ora Koutou. Ko Jamie ahau.  Nō Waiheke Island ahau. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. My little family consists of me and my husband, our 5 year old daughter, and soon to be born bubba.  My goal as a mum is to raise children […]