The Rubbish Trip is a zero waste roadshow offering FREE presentations and workshops to community groups and schools 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!
We are also available to give presentations to staff in businesses and workplaces about individual waste reduction, and to deliver all kinds of bespoke workshops for one-off events, like festivals etc. In these situations we do charge the organiser/host a small fee on a sliding scale (contact us and we can work something out with you!)
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, and between January 2018 and July 2018 we did the same across the South Island.
We had intended to finish The Rubbish Trip in July 2018. However, the interest in low-waste living continues to increase rapidly in New Zealand. So, we didn’t feel like it was the right time to stop. Since then we’ve been continuing the tour, though less systematically. Rather than seeking out speaking opportunities, we are responding to requests to speak (which is keeping us surprisingly busy!) It is our intention to continue the project for the foreseeable future.
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!