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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 […]

Zero Waste in Marlborough

Zero Waste in Marlborough

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 products – scroll down to view each category. FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. STORES THAT OFFER LOOSE ITEMS WHICH YOU CAN PUT, UNPACKAGED, INTO […]

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 […]

Podcast 12: Nicky Francis: Do Gooder

Podcast 12: Nicky Francis: Do Gooder

  Nicky Francis is the person behind Do Gooder, a business selling eco-friendly toothbrushes and floss. Not only that, but for every ecobrush toothbrush you buy, another is donated to a child in New Zealand that does not have a toothbrush. We thought this was […]

Zero Waste in Nelson-Tasman

Zero Waste in Nelson-Tasman

From a zero waste perspective, we couldn’t have started off our trip in the South Island in a better place. Nelson and Tasman are full to the brim with amazing businesses, organisations and community groups to get you well on your way to zero waste […]

Low Waste Dishwashing and Laundry Soap

Low Waste Dishwashing and Laundry Soap

This post has been a long time coming. In part because there are so many different recipes out there for dishwashing and laundry cleaning products, and in part because many people have strong feelings about the right and wrong way to wash dishes and laundry […]

Podcast 11: Gretta Carney: Hapī

Podcast 11: Gretta Carney: Hapī

  On Hastings Street in Napier, you’ll find Hapī – a takeaway bar co-founded by Gretta Carney and Fleur Du Fresne, serving healthy, creative food made from ingredients bursting with integrity. In August 2017, we sat down with Gretta, after whisking her away from the […]

Zero Waste in Taranaki

Zero Waste in Taranaki

Photo in top right hand corner of image credited to Lorella Doherty of Rethinking Plastic Revolution, who created this mural out of plastic she collected off beaches around New Plymouth. Taranaki has a large number of groups and individuals who are driving the waste reduction […]