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!


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  • 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 😀

  • Hi Liam and Hannah… so enjoyed your presentation today at the Nelson Library having embarked on my zero waste journey your ideas and experiences have inspired me even more.
    Took it to another level last Xmas with the family who all received home made gifts(the best I think) including a scrub using old coffee grounds! Got them thinking too about how we
    can reuse,reduce etc. My strong committment to these principles has extended into my work as an Artist(Facebook Suburban Artist NZ) and I reuse,upcycle any resources I can lay my
    hands on. Your roadshow was brilliant so thanks once again. Also loved the fact that choosing this way of life has resulted in you both discovering hidden creative talents.

    • Kia ora Sue – thanks for the kind words, and so cool to hear about your home made gifts! We totally agree that homemade are the best 🙂 I hope your family loved them. The discovery of creative and tactile worlds is such a bonus for us in this lifestyle. Really cool to hear about your approach to art. Such a gift to be able to see the potential in resources that others might dismiss or discard. You might be interested in the upcycling stations that some recycling centres are developing. We’ve seen a couple already – one at Xtreme Zero Waste in Raglan, and one in development at the Seagull Centre in Thames. Thanks for sharing your FB page, we will look it up, and hope others do too. Arohanui – H & L

  • Hi Hannah and Liam
    I really liked your presentation at the Rai Valley Library. – Very inspiring! The idea always to take your own cup with you, very easy and brilliant! I will do that …
    I wish you all the very best for your trip! – You will give heaps of people something to think and ponder on.
    Thank you very much for your commitment!
    Rose Marie

    • Thanks Rose Marie! It was so great to meet you – thanks heaps for coming. It was our pleasure to do a talk in Rai Valley 🙂 Hope to meet again in the future!
      H & L

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