Touring trash talkers bag plastic waste
As another Plastic Free July approaches, momentum is gathering to tackle New Zealand’s waste issues.
Waste-busting community and industry-led projects are popping up, alongside waste minimisation research by Massey University’s Zero Waste Academy.
Plastics inflict harm on our natural environment. The effect on marine life when they leak into the ocean is particularly concerning. Plastic Free July is a challenge to cut some of this disposable plastic from our lives.
The Rubbish Trip is a project started by Wellingtonians, Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince. For two-and-a-half years, the two No-Waste Nomads have been living a zero waste lifestyle.
The Rubbish Trip sees Blumhardt and Prince travelling across New Zealand, talking about how individuals and households can reduce the waste they produce.
Alongside their zero waste message, there will be a podcast series on the work of people they meet along the way.
The Rubbish Trip’s present- ations cover the practicalities and the philosophy of zero waste, including the importance of reducing waste, innovative examples of waste minimisation projects, policy, and research, with practical tips for reducing everyday rubbish.
The more New Zealanders get on board, the more willing governments and businesses will be to move beyond narrow, incremental policy changes, and implement more ambitious solutions to o wider waste problems. Among these are prod- uct stewardship schemes, a plastic bag levy, a cash for containers scheme, an outright ban on singleuse plastics, and a shift towards circular, rather than linear, economic practices.
Manawatu¯ is the The Rubbish Trip’s first stop, featuring a range of talks and workshops in the region in the first two weeks of July, including presentations at Massey University, City Library, and Feilding Library.
See The Rubbish Trip’s Facebook page or local community notices.
No-Waste Nomads Hannah Blumhardt and partner Liam Prince.