Author: Liam & Hannah

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. *** […]

Zero Waste in the Western Bay of Plenty District (including Katikati and Te Puke)

Zero Waste in the Western Bay of Plenty District (including Katikati and Te Puke)

This guide covers Western Bay of Plenty District (including Katikati and Te Puke) only. For other parts of the Bay of Plenty, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty homepage. NB: All our regional guides cover as many low-waste options as we could find […]

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 […]

Why We Don’t Fly

Why We Don’t Fly

Recently, we discovered No Fly Climate Sci, a loose grouping of academics, earth scientists and the general public who choose not to fly or to fly less in light of the fact that flying dominates the emissions profile of the privileged few who can afford […]

Preaching to “the Converted” #7: Beatriz Santos

Preaching to “the Converted” #7: Beatriz Santos

Beatriz Santos is a Spaniard living in Wellington. She moved to New Zealand in January 2018 with her Kiwi partner to start a new life after a long time in the UK. Their journey reducing the impact that both have on the environment started a […]

Wild & Free: Foraging in New Zealand for Budget Zero Wasters

Wild & Free: Foraging in New Zealand for Budget Zero Wasters

We love foraging as a way of getting some free, zero waste kai and we’ve written about this before. We also love the feeling of locality and seasonality that comes with foraging, as well as the heightened sense of connection with our surroundings. We’ve come […]

Zero Waste on Waiheke Island

Zero Waste on Waiheke Island

This guide covers Waiheke Island only. For other areas of Auckland, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Auckland Region post. NB: All our regional guides cover as many low-waste options as we could find for food, drink, kitchen and food packaging, cleaning products and bathroom […]

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2018: A Year in Review

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2018: A Year in Review

In the world of waste, 2018 was a pretty dynamic year for New Zealand. As the year began, Cyclone Fehi set the tone by ripping open a landfill on the West Coast, reminding us all that there’s no away to throw things to. In August, […]