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Preaching to “the Converted” #5: Julie Cederman & Family

Preaching to “the Converted” #5: Julie Cederman & Family

  Julie lives in Wellington with her husband and three children. She attended a presentation by Liam and Hannah in June 2017 and since then has been on a mission to reduce her household waste and inspire others to join her on the journey. She […]

Citrus All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Citrus All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Keen for a DIY all-purpose cleaning spray that is super budget but isn’t just straight white vinegar? We were too, so that’s why we started making all-purpose citrus spray! All you need is left over peels from several citrus fruit (any citrus fruit will do, or a […]

Zero Waste on the West Coast

Zero Waste on the West Coast

The West Coast’s dispersed geography presents a larger challenge to low-waste living than many other parts of the country. Outside of Westport and Greymouth, access to bulk bin stores is minimal and smaller communities some distance from these towns could really benefit from co-ops to help […]

Podcast 14: Caroline & Millie: Vinnies Re Sew

Podcast 14: Caroline & Millie: Vinnies Re Sew

NB: this podcast was recorded in December 2017 when Re Sew was still in its pilot phase. Since then, the project has gone from strength to strength – it’s life has been extended and its social media presence expanded! Check out the Facebook page for updates and to […]

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 […]