Zero waste no­mads com­ing to Wai­heke

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New Zealand’s ‘‘zero waste no­mads’’ are due to stop on Wai­heke this Satur­day.

Welling­to­ni­ans Han­nah Blumhardt and Liam Prince have been mak­ing al­most zero waste in their daily lives for more than two and a half years.

Now they are tour­ing the coun­try to share their in­sights.

They will give a free talk on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, from 5pm to 7pm at Wai­heke Sus­tain­abil­ity Cen­tre in Oneroa.

Blumhardt lived on the is­land when she was in her twen­ties and her par­ents still live on Wai­heke.

The cou­ple be­gan on a zero waste life­style in 2015 and now can’t imag­ine liv­ing any other way.

They don’t cre­ate any rub­bish that needs to be dis­posed of away from their prop­erty.

The pair put out just one wheelie bin a year of pa­per for re­cy­cling and one crate of glass ev­ery 18 months.

Dis­pos­able plas­tic is banned from the house.

Their zero waste meth­ods in­clude mak­ing their own tooth­paste, go­ing shop­ping with their own con­tain­ers and com­pos- ting or­ganic waste.

‘‘Stud­ies show that 30 to 40 per cent of rub­bish in New Zealand is food waste, which pro­duces meth- ane, a green­house gas.

‘‘Peo­ple without a gar­den can use a bokashi bin, which con­tains the waste and makes good com­post.’’ Blumhardt said.

Dras­ti­cally re­duc­ing their waste has taken a bit of plan­ning.

‘‘You do need to be pre­pared be­fore you go shop­ping, but we got into the swing of it in just a cou­ple of months.

‘‘We take our own bags and con­tain­ers when we go shop­ping.

‘‘We use Tup­per­ware con­tain­ers for take­aways.’’

Their tooth­brushes are made of dis­pos­able bam­boo and they use a tooth­paste made of co­conut oil and bak­ing soda.

Wai­heke Re­sources Trust or­gan­ised the talk be­cause cut­ting waste is a ma­jor pri­or­ity on the is­land, the trust’s projects co­or­di­na­tor Kristin Busher said.

‘‘As an is­land com­mu­nity, we ship all our waste to the main­land and this cre­ates ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.

‘‘In 2018, Wai­heke will move to user pays kerb­side rub­bish col­lec­tion too, so it is a great time for us all to be tak­ing a look at the waste we are cre­at­ing and try­ing to re­duce that,’’ Busher said.

See www. wrt.org.nz.

Blumhardt and Prince ROBERT KITCHIN

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