Thoughts and musings

Letter to NZ Transport Ministers Re Low-Carbon Inter-Regional Transport Options under Alert Level 2

Letter to NZ Transport Ministers Re Low-Carbon Inter-Regional Transport Options under Alert Level 2

Tēnā kōrua Hon Phil Twyford (Minister of Transport) and Hon Julie Anne Genter (Associate Minister of Transport), We’re writing to you to express our concerns about inter-regional transport options during Alert Level 2 and to inquire how the Government will address the cancellation of train and […]

Reducing Your Recycling Stockpile while in COVID-19 Lockdown

Reducing Your Recycling Stockpile while in COVID-19 Lockdown

Wellington City Council has postponed recycling collections during the COVID-19 lockdown and will only be offering rubbish collections.** For people living in Wellington City (and other areas where recycling collections are temporarily on pause), who still want to reduce waste to landfill during this time, this […]

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: A Year in Review

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2019: A Year in Review

What a year 2019 has been for the zero waste movement in NZ! While the movement has been growing steadily internationally for some time, 2019 felt like NZ’s year for raising the profile of this way of life. This is partly because loads of things […]

6-monthly transport footprint (5 April 2019 – 5 October 2019)

6-monthly transport footprint (5 April 2019 – 5 October 2019)

A year has passed since we gave up our car – woah! Can you believe it, but we’re still managing to move around/survive/do a fulltime roadshow without any vehicle whatsoever? Liam has even managed to retain some of his manhood in the process, despite doing […]

Hey man, where are you? The underrepresentation of men in the world of zero waste

Hey man, where are you? The underrepresentation of men in the world of zero waste

  Liam here – usually, The Rubbish Trip’s posts are co-authored, and although both Hannah and I are interested in this issue, I wanted to share my own thoughts (as a cis-gender, heterosexual male) about why there seems to be so few men involved in the […]

6-Monthly Transport Footprint (5 October 2018-5 April 2019)

6-Monthly Transport Footprint (5 October 2018-5 April 2019)

Six months ago we gave up our car in order to reduce The Rubbish Trip’s transport emissions footprint. We’ve since started logging all our transport into Catalyst’s free ACE Carbon Calculator to calculate our transport emissions. We’ve created a handy infographic (below) as our first 6-monthly report-back. We really […]

Our Position on Essential Oil Use in Homemade Toiletries

Our Position on Essential Oil Use in Homemade Toiletries

*** Please read this post in full if you have used our toothpaste or deodorant recipes prior to 26 March 2019 and added the “optional” essential oils to them. We have changed our approach to the use of essential oils in these two recipes. *** […]

Why We Don’t Fly

Why We Don’t Fly

Recently, we discovered No Fly Climate Sci, a loose grouping of academics, earth scientists and the general public who choose not to fly or to fly less in light of the fact that flying dominates the emissions profile of the privileged few who can afford […]

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2018: A Year in Review

Zero Waste in New Zealand in 2018: A Year in Review

In the world of waste, 2018 was a pretty dynamic year for New Zealand. As the year began, Cyclone Fehi set the tone by ripping open a landfill on the West Coast, reminding us all that there’s no away to throw things to. In August, […]

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 […]