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

December 2017

Best tips for reducing waste over Xmas and Summer” guest post on Sustainability Trust’s ‘Ask an Expert’ blog (18 December 2017)

October 2017

Why Living Zero Waste Will Save the World with Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince” Plant Power Podcast (3 October 2017)

August 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)

July 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)

June 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)

May 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

August 2016

Liam and Hannah on living zero waste“,  guest post on Sustainability Trust’s ‘Ask an Expert’ blog (10 August 2016)

July 2016

B-side Stories interview with Laurie Foon (6 July 2016)

8 thoughts on “About”

  • Hello, loved your story. We are a family of 5 who are committed to reducing our waste – we minimise packaging, reuse recycle compost etc but would love to learn more and also get more people on board. Are you coming to hawkes bay? Would love to help you organise a talk or what ever- thanks also for the links – will look them up. Thx Heidi

    • Kia ora Heidi, Thanks so much for your message! And ka pai hoki koe for your waste reduction efforts – particularly as a family of 5! We are so inspired by families who reduce waste – whole heap of different challenges there and so much we can learn from you about your experiences 🙂 We would love to come to the Hawkes Bay, for sure, and it’d be fantastic to have help getting a talk organised. I’ve just realised we haven’t got our contact details on the site (whoops!!) – I’ll upload that now, but if you could either send us a private message on our FB page (www.facebook.com/therubbishtrip) or email us at blumhardt.hannah@gmail.com, then we can go from there. How exciting!

  • Hi guys! We have been a zero waste household for about a year now. We would love you to come to Christchurch! Is that going to be part of your trip?

    • Hi Angela – awesome to here about your zero waste efforts! We are super heartened whenever we meet people who are doing this too! We are definitely keen to come to Chch, and have had a few people in Chch asking if we are coming – sounds like there’s already heaps of people doing great things in Chch, which is fantastic 😀 We are going to be in the NI first (just because that’s where we are now and also the very pragmatic reality that we are starting in winter and cycling a lot, ha!) – doing a bit of a loop up from Wellington and then down again. So it may be a few months yet – but we definitely will not be neglecting the SI – promise! We should keep in touch. I’m going to upload our FB and contact details on to the website shortly, so if you get in touch with us there then we can maintain contact. Thanks so much for your message!

  • Having been to Hannah and Liam’s talk last night on Waiheke I have successfully cleaned some of my windows and paintwork with, firstly just a DRY recycled cloth (made from an old nightie) and when needed 1 or 2 drops of lemon juice. at a time. Just held the slice of lemon and squeezed onto cloth as necessary!

  • I am about to embark on my goal of reducing my waste and am excited for your talk in Dunedin come April this year! Any tips for beginnings, keeping in mind I’m a student with very little money? 🙂

    • Kia ora Greer – so cool to hear that you are on a mission to reduce your waste 🙂 We look forward to meeting you in Dunedin! Everyone’s life is different so we can give you tips but what is easiest for your context may differ a bit to ours. We would recommend carrying around reusables with you so you can avoid disposables (spare bags, cups, cutlery, container for takeaways/food – you don’t have to run out and spend heaps on things, just look around your house for things you already have – for ages we just used an old ice cream container to get takeaways and old reusable plastic bags we had from before ditching our rubbish bin, for bulk shopping), and trying to buy items that are unpackaged where possible instead of the packed ones (so loose fruit and veges/basic ingredients – when we get to Dunedin we’ll do a full summary of all the low-waste stores we find, but you may be aware of some already). Some other great waste-reducing and money saving things to do are to make your own toiletries and basic foods – store bought premade things cost heaps, come in crazy packaging and often have all kinds of chemicals/preservatives in them (our Bare Essentials recipe e-booklet covers basic recipes for toiletries which we find both cheap and quick to make – you can find it on our website). For other resources, you might be interested in the instagram account Plastic Free and Pinot Gris – run by a couple of Dunedin students who share their plastic-free living discoveries and showing it’s possible to reduce waste on a student budget in Dunedin. In relation to very little money, our experience has been that we have saved a lot of money by reducing our waste – the bigger issue is really the perception of time poverty (people often feel they don’t have time to make some of the changes that low-waste living involves, even though it is more affordable) – we found the lifestyle isn’t more time consuming once you get used to it, but it takes a bit of getting used to, so probably a good idea to start over the summer holidays before uni starts again! Looking forward to meeting you in April – by then you’ll probably be a total pro 😀

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