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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 […]

Podcast 15: Shelley Wilson: In My Kitchen

Podcast 15: Shelley Wilson: In My Kitchen

  Palmerston North local Shelley Wilson is at the forefront of the low-waste living movement in New Zealand, which has grown rapidly over the past few years. In 2017 Shelley launched In My Kitchen, an online retail store and info hub, designed to help her […]

Greener than What?: the shortfalls of comparing milk packaging options within the disposability paradigm

Greener than What?: the shortfalls of comparing milk packaging options within the disposability paradigm

SPOTTED: this sign in a Chch grocery store yesterday, giving us a confused mixture of feels: pleased and disappointed. We’re pleased that this conversation is being had, but disappointed at how it’s communicated here.   We want to start by saying that we agree with […]

Zero Waste in Gisborne District/Te Tairāwhiti

Zero Waste in Gisborne District/Te Tairāwhiti

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. At the end of each district section, we also list community groups, […]

The Rubbish Trip Has Gone Car-Free!

Since our decision in July this year to continue The Rubbish Trip beyond its initial one-year timeframe, we’ve been considering how to do this car-free. On the first Sunday of October 2018 we finally took the plunge, ditching “Fossy the Foss” and opting to continue […]

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 […]