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Use Whose Containers? The Legality of BYO containers for Food Purchases in New Zealand

Use Whose Containers? The Legality of BYO containers for Food Purchases in New Zealand

Key Points Bringing your own containers to food outlets that sell unpackaged food is a great way to reduce waste. Most food retailers in NZ accept BYO containers, but there are some that do not (including major supermarkets), citing hygiene/food safety laws. The Food Act […]

Zero Waste in Southland

Zero Waste in Southland

This guide covers the entire Southland region. For ease of reference though, we’ve arranged the list by geographical areas – from Gore to Lumsden, down to Winton, Invercargill, Riverton, Rakiura/Stewart Island and then over to Te Anau – so scroll down if you’re looking for businesses and services in those areas specifically! […]

Preaching to “the Converted” #4: Heidi Horton

Preaching to “the Converted” #4: Heidi Horton

 Heidi Horton lives in Riversdale, a small Southland town, with her husband Matt, their dog and rabbit. Almost a year ago Heidi and Matt started thinking seriously about their lifestyle, their long term dreams and legacy. Their eyes were opened to new, different possibilities. And so began their journey to simple living, […]

Sometimes Smashing, Sometimes Crushing: The story of glass in New Zealand

Sometimes Smashing, Sometimes Crushing: The story of glass in New Zealand

Key points More and more consumers are looking to glass packaging as a more sustainable alternative to plastic. Glass has environmental benefits over plastic: it’s infinitely recyclable, it’s reusable, and it’s non-toxic if it escapes into the environment. However glass has environmental drawbacks: it’s energy intensive to […]

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 […]

Zero Waste in Otago

Zero Waste in Otago

Otago is a great region for living low-waste, whether it’s the legacy of Wanaka Wastebusters (which spreads far and wide), the amazing range of low-waste shopping options in Dunedin City, or the know-how, can-do attitude in communities throughout Clutha and Waitaki who taught us many new tips […]

Zero Waste in Canterbury

Zero Waste in Canterbury

Canterbury is a mighty region with zero waste options galore. To make this regional shopping guide manageable, we have divided it into geographical areas. If you shop around the region you may wish to click between different parts of the region to see what’s available. […]

Be a Tirading Kiwi: An everyday New Zealander’s toolkit for advocating on waste minimisation issues

Be a Tirading Kiwi: An everyday New Zealander’s toolkit for advocating on waste minimisation issues

 Be a Tirading Kiwi is a resource by The Rubbish Trip to help support the public to advocate on waste minimisation issues so we can bring about change in New Zealand waste policy. We focus on waste problems in New Zealand for which there are […]

Easy, waste-busting recipes for food and drink

Easy, waste-busting recipes for food and drink

Whenever we do our talks, we provide zero waste nibbles, free of charge, as a way of demonstrating that it’s possible to create easy snacks and treats without the packaging. We focus on recreating the kinds of pre-made, convenience foods that people would otherwise buy […]

Podcast 13: Rick Brown: Seagull Centre, Thames

Podcast 13: Rick Brown: Seagull Centre, Thames

In August 2017 we interviewed Rick Brown, the Business Manager of Seagull Centre in Thames. The Seagull Centre is a much-loved resource recovery shop that has been operating since 2004, encouraging the community of Thames to bring in unwanted items from households, businesses, farms and workshops, rather than dumping […]