Zero waste nomads coming to Waiheke
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.