Thoughts and musings

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 […]

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. *** […]

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 […]

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, […]

Greener than What?: the shortfalls of comparing milk packaging options within the disposability paradigm

Greener than What?: the shortfalls of comparing milk packaging options within the disposability paradigm

SPOTTED: this sign in a Chch grocery store yesterday, giving us a confused mixture of feels: pleased and disappointed. We’re pleased that this conversation is being had, but disappointed at how it’s communicated here.   We want to start by saying that we agree with […]

The Rubbish Trip Has Gone Car-Free!

Since our decision in July this year to continue The Rubbish Trip beyond its initial one-year timeframe, we’ve been considering how to do this car-free. On the first Sunday of October 2018 we finally took the plunge, ditching “Fossy the Foss” and opting to continue […]

Keeping Food Nude, Local and Free: there’s more to zero waste than packaging-free stores

Keeping Food Nude, Local and Free: there’s more to zero waste than packaging-free stores

Contrary to popular belief, zero waste living is not all about shopping at hipster packaging-free stores. Yes, packaging-free stores can be pretty exciting when you’ve gone several months without something like ground turmeric, and yes, when we do go grocery shopping we certainly go to […]

Camping/Holidaying with Less Waste: Part 2: A How-To Guide

Camping/Holidaying with Less Waste: Part 2: A How-To Guide

As we mentioned in Part 1 of this two-part post, in January 2018 we delivered a talk about Zero Waste Camping at Totaranui campsite – the biggest campsite in Abel Tasman National Park. Like all our talks, we based this talk on our own experience of […]

Camping/Holidaying with Less Waste: Part 1: Camping Gear

Camping/Holidaying with Less Waste: Part 1: Camping Gear

In January 2018 we did a 4 day tramping trip along the Abel Tasman National Park coastal track, as we’d been invited to do a talk about Zero Waste Camping at Totaranui campsite – the park’s main campsite. So, we had to sort out how […]

Bigger than Litter

Bigger than Litter

A general announcement that we are foraying into the land of Instagram to launch a new series called Bigger than Litter, which aims to unpick some of the forces behind Aotearoa’s growing tide of rubbish pollution. While travelling around the country on The Rubbish Trip, […]