The Rubbish Trip Podcast

The Rubbish Trip Podcast
Podcast 27: Nicola Turner: Mainstream Green

Nicola Turner, resident of the small Waikato town of Cambridge, is the creator of the social enterprise, Mainstream Green. Through Mainstream Green, Nic combines her personal experience of her own family’s transition to sustainable living – along with her in-depth knowledge of human behaviour – to help people and organisations tread more lightly on the planet in ways that actually save time and money. 

Nic’s own story is thoroughly convincing – over a number of years, her family of four steadily changed how and what they buy and consume to the point that they now produce only one wheelie bin of waste a year, they’ve eliminated hundreds of synthetic chemicals from their home, and they save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars, annually

Nic is a powerhouse, which makes it hard to sum up the range of mahi she does through Mainstream Green, which includes in-person speaking events and webinars, behaviour change strategies for businesses and councils, heaps of online learning material, including the 10 Day Challenge, and she’s even written a book – Living Lightly: the busy person’s guide to mindful consumption. We felt so lucky to have the opportunity to sit down with Nic to dig a bit deeper into the benefits of sustainable living, common myths around the modern obsession with convenience, and how to bring all kinds of people along on the journey of more simple living.


Podcast 27: Nicola Turner: Mainstream Green

Nicola Turner, resident of the small Waikato town of Cambridge, is the creator of the social enterprise, Mainstream Green. Through Mainstream Green, Nic combines her personal experience of her own […]

Podcast 26: Robert Hall: Wholegrain Organics

This podcast with Robert Hall, owner of Wholegrain Organics, paints a perfect picture of the value of resilience and resourcefulness when it comes to accessing, growing and […]

Podcast 25: Professor Susan Krumdieck: Transition Engineering

Dr Susan Krumdieck, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, is a leading proponent of the emerging field of Transition Engineering, and Co-Founder of the Global […]

Podcast 24: Katrina Wolff: Blue Borage

Katrina Wolff is the creator of Blue Borage, a business in Auckland through which she supports households, schools, workplaces and communities to develop and sustain on-site […]

Podcast 23: Tyne-Marie Nelson: Healing the land through Rongoā Māori and Para Kore

. In our eyes, Tyne Nelson is one of New Zealand’s unsung heroes, who has built her life around the principle of working on behalf of […]

Podcast 22: Anna Dawson: Plastic-Free Pantry

. Globally, Governments, businesses and consumers are searching for alternatives to single-use plastic packaging for consumer goods. With mounting pressure on the Earth’s resources, the idea […]

Podcast 21: Laura “Kitty” Cope: UYO Aotearoa Cafe Guide

  Laura “Kitty” Cope is the Creator, Founder, Driving Force Extraordinaire of UYO Aotearoa Cafe Guide (formally, UYOC). UYO stands for Use Your Own and is a nonprofit […]

Podcast 20: Kristy Lorson: Founder of Zero Waste in NZ! and EarthSavvy

Kristy Lorson needs no introduction for any New Zealander passionate about zero waste. In 2016, after she, her husband (Davian), and her daughter (Savvy) had already […]

Podcast 19: Lesley Ottey: Eco Educate

  It’s a truism that children are the future, but in the present era of ecological collapse, the pressure on the next generation to revolutionise how […]

Podcast 18: Mike Bilodeau: After the storm, coordinating the South Westland Coastal Cleanup

  At the end of March 2019, a heavy storm triggered massive flooding across the West Coast of the South Island, causing infrastructural damage, as well […]

Podcast 17: Emma Heke: Heke Homemade Herbals and Red Heke Productions

(Photo of teapot pouring tea by Daniel Allen Photographer, Nelson). Emma Heke is someone who greatly inspires us. In 2015, Emma started Heke Homemade Herbals, a […]

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 […]