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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. *** […]

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 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, […]

Podcast 16: Helena Ruffell: Microplastics from New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plants and in Our Oceans

Podcast 16: Helena Ruffell: Microplastics from New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plants and in Our Oceans

  International research has made alarming discoveries about the pervasive nature of microplastic pollution in soil, waterways and the ocean, and revealed uncomfortable truths about how our everyday activities contribute to this problem. You may have read or heard about some of this research, but have you ever […]

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting in touch with businesses who you reckon could do more on the waste front is a great way to make changes. People often believe that their one letter or phone call won’t make a difference, but it can be surprising the changes small groups of people […]

Preaching to “the Converted” #6: Marcella and Jilles Hoedemaker

Preaching to “the Converted” #6: Marcella and Jilles Hoedemaker

We are a Dutch family who immigrated to NZ in 2011 and landed in Dunedin, where we still live, with much pleasure. We are a husband (Herman) and wife (Marcella) with a 19 year old (Thijs) and a 13 year old son (Jilles) and an 8 […]

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Recently, Hannah published an article in the journal Policy Quarterly about New Zealand’s waste policy. See the PDF below for the full issue (Hannah’s article starts on p.13). The article focuses on the neglect of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, the impact that decades of virtual non-action […]