Thoughts and musings

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, […]

Environmentally-motivated behaviour change: reflections from This Time of Useful Consciousness

Environmentally-motivated behaviour change: reflections from This Time of Useful Consciousness

On Wednesday 19 July, The Rubbish Trip delivered our presentation at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. We did so while the exhibition ‘This Time of Useful Consciousness – Political Ecology Now’ was running. This beautiful, stirring exhibition tackles the thorny issue of climate […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Bridging the Gap between Social and Environmental Justice through Zero Waste

Waste Not, Want Not: Bridging the Gap between Social and Environmental Justice through Zero Waste

Last night we spoke at Food for Thought, a Pecha Kucha event in Paekākāriki, as part of No8 Wire Week, an initiative run by Kāpiti Coast District Council. For those of you that don’t know, Pecha Kucha is a presentation format that limits speakers to 20 […]

Day One of The Rubbish Trip: Happy Plastic Free July!

Day One of The Rubbish Trip: Happy Plastic Free July!

Happy Plastic Free July 2017, everyone! We hope that you are ready for whatever plastic-avoiding commitments you have set for yourself, your family, your workplace and/or your community. We wish you all the best and share with you our number one tip, which is simply: […]

Getting the Show on the Road: crowdfunding and the sharing economy

Getting the Show on the Road: crowdfunding and the sharing economy

The Rubbish Trip sets off around Aotearoa/New Zealand from the beginning of Plastic Free July 2017! We’ve decided to do our first ever post on the kaupapa that lies behind both our crowdfund campaign and our call for support through the sharing economy. We were […]