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.

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