The Rubbish Trip is a zero waste roadshow offering FREE presentations and workshops to community groups, schools, businesses and households across New Zealand about how and why individuals can reduce their waste footprint. Our presentations are informative (we don’t pull any punches), but also hopeful, based on our own experience of living, since the beginning of 2015, without a bin. We have a can-do attitude to reducing rubbish and want to show people how easy, fun and fulfilling waste reduction can be!
Along the way, we constantly meet people doing their own amazing projects – whether waste-related, sustainability-focused, socially-minded, or creative. The Rubbish Trip is also about sharing these stories through our podcast and about us giving back, where we can, to the tireless mahi of others around the country. At its core, The Rubbish Trip is motivated by the belief that the exchange of knowledge, energy, and solidarity is fundamental for transition to more sustainable, connected communities.
The two No-waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip are us – Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince:
We started living zero waste at the beginning of 2015, in our home town of Wellington, New Zealand. We were spurred by concern about the massive amount of plastics in the oceans, the staggering levels of energy and inefficiency associated with producing and managing disposable products, and how throwaway, high-consumption culture is shaping community mindsets and living spaces.
Motivated to spread awareness, in Plastic Free July 2016 we began talking to community groups, schools, businesses and households about how to reduce rubbish, and why it is important. After countless people told us that we had inspired them to reduce their waste footprint, we felt we could make a real difference by stepping things up a notch.
So… we decided to go full-time and take our zero waste presentations on the road for a year! We kicked-off our tour at the beginning of Plastic Free July 2017 thanks to the kind people who made this possible through donating to our crowdfund! From July 2017 – December 2017, we took our talks across the North Island. From January 2018 – July 2018 we will be taking our talks across the South Island.
If you’d like The Rubbish Trip to visit your community, school or business, get in touch and we’ll take it from there 🙂
Ka kite ākuanei!
The Rubbish Trip in the media and guest blog posts
“Best tips for reducing waste over Xmas and Summer” guest post on Sustainability Trust’s ‘Ask an Expert’ blog (18 December 2017)
“Why Living Zero Waste Will Save the World with Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince” Plant Power Podcast (3 October 2017)
“Rubbish Trip zero waste roadshow comes to Thames“, Hauraki Herald (16 August 2017)
“Life without a rubbish bin“, The Weekend Sun (11 August 2017)
“No Waste Nomads coming to Matamata to share their love of living waste free“, Matamata Chronicle (3 August 2017)
“Talking Trash Nationwide“, Wairarapa Times-Age (29 July 2017)
Arrow FM interview with Hayley Gastmeier (28 July 2017)
“No-Waste Nomads bring The Rubbish Trip to Manawatu“, Manawatu Standard (5 July 2017)
“Waste Not, Want Not: Bridging the Gap between Social Justice and Environmentalism“, guest post on The Wellington Free Store’s blog (3 July 2017)
“Touring trash talkers bag plastic waste“, The Tribune (21 June 2017)
“Plastic Free July: ’10 Ways to Shrink Your Waste’ with Hannah Blumhardt from The Rubbish Trip“, Commonsense Organics blog (18 June 2017)
“Zero waste ‘not so hard’ for couple spreading the message“, The Dominion Post (18 May 2017)
“Inside a zero-waste home“, Interview with Bryan Crump from Nights on Radio New Zealand (17 May 2017)
B-side stories interview with Perrine Gilkison (9 May 2017)
“A world of zero waste – life beyond the bin“, Ōtaki Mail (May 2017), p.15
“Liam and Hannah on living zero waste“, guest post on Sustainability Trust’s ‘Ask an Expert’ blog (10 August 2016)
B-side Stories interview with Laurie Foon (6 July 2016)