Thoughts and musings


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Camping/Holidaying with Less Waste: Part 1: Camping Gear

*** UPDATE: Since writing this post, Totaranui, as well as other major DOC campsites around the country, particularly in Coromandel, have gone Pack In, Pack Out (with […]

Bigger than Litter

A general announcement that we are foraying into the land of Instagram to launch a new series called Bigger than Litter, which aims to unpick some […]

Environmentally-motivated behaviour change: reflections from This Time of Useful Consciousness

On Wednesday 19 July, The Rubbish Trip delivered our presentation at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. We did so while the exhibition ‘This Time […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Bridging the Gap between Social and Environmental Justice through Zero Waste

Last night we spoke at Food for Thought, a Pecha Kucha event in Paekākāriki, as part of No8 Wire Week, an initiative run by Kāpiti Coast […]

Day One of The Rubbish Trip: Happy Plastic Free July!

Happy Plastic Free July 2017, everyone! We hope that you are ready for whatever plastic-avoiding commitments you have set for yourself, your family, your workplace and/or […]

Getting the Show on the Road: crowdfunding and the sharing economy

The Rubbish Trip sets off around Aotearoa/New Zealand from the beginning of Plastic Free July 2017! We’ve decided to do our first ever post on the […]