The Rubbish Trip

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Two No-Waste Nomads travel NZ talking to people about how and why they can reduce their household rubbish! Extra proceeds to Para Kore.


Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip - a roaming zero waste roadshow focused on the hows and whys of reducing household rubbish, kicking off in Plastic Free July 2017!

If you are passionate about waste reduction and believe in spreading awareness and education about how and why New Zealanders can reduce their waste footprint, please consider chipping in to help us continue this mahi!


At the beginning of 2015, we started living zero waste, spurred by concern about the sheer amount of plastics in the oceans; the staggering levels of energy and inefficiency associated with producing and managing disposable products; and how our throwaway, high-consumption culture is shaping community mindsets and living spaces.

Motivated to spread awareness, in Plastic Free July 2016 we began running workshops and presentations for community groups, schools, businesses and households about how to reduce rubbish, and why it is important. So far, we have mostly delivered our talks around Wellington (in our free time when we are not at our day jobs!) However, after countless people told us that we had inspired them to reduce their waste footprint, we felt we could make a real difference by stepping things up a notch...

So, we have decided to go full-time and take our zero waste presentations on the road! From July 2017 we start The Rubbish Trip - travelling around New Zealand, to communities far and wide, talking about rubbish.


We are asking for your donations to help us keep these talks FREE, so that as many people as possible can be inspired to reduce their waste footprint. While we do not want to charge people to attend, the talks do entail costs for us. We like to demonstrate what is possible on a zero waste lifestyle by offering zero waste kai to our attendees, and bringing along materials for workshops (such as ingredients for making zero waste household products, toiletries, arts and crafts etc.). We also need funds for transport (though we will mostly cycle, we will drive between main centres). Finally, we require a bit of money to sustain us each day (i.e. food!) so that we can focus on presentations rather than survival! We intend to keep our costs low by cycling, and staying with kind hosts along the way.

We have done the calculations and reckon we can cover the costs of this project, and our own daily needs, with a budget of roughly $10 each a day. For the both of us, that's $140-150 a week. Our crowdfunding target is based on this calculation for a time period of 6 months.

We welcome donations in excess of this target, as this will help us keep the roadshow going longer. We also want to support *Para Kore* (, an amazing, trail-blazing organisation supporting marae across the country to transition towards zero waste. So, 50% of any funds received in excess of our stated target will be given straight to Para Kore, who will put these funds towards compost bins and worm farms for marae. (Please note that we are not affiliated with Para Kore).


Hannah Blumhardt's involvement (page creator)

Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince are each one half of the two No-Waste Nomads who will be taking on The Rubbish Trip!

Use of funds

We are committed to offering our workshops and presentations for FREE, to keep access as open as possible.

The funds we raise will go towards the kai offered at our talks, materials needed to run workshops, transport, and our personal living costs.

50% of funds received in excess of our stated target will go straight to Para Kore, who will put the money towards compost bins and worm farms for marae. We will put the rest towards extending The Rubbish Trip beyond 6 months.

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Thank you!  18 June 2017

We are so thrilled to have met our Crowdfund target and wanted to thank all our donors for your generosity. To those of you we have not met yet; we hope to meet you on the road!

Having met our target, this means that 50% of any further donations will go straight to Para Kore. If you'd like to know more about Para Kore and some of the people behind it, you may be interested in having a listen to our podcast interview with one of Para Kore's kaimahi, Te Kawa Robb. You can check it out on our shiny new website:

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts.

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Simone Ammon
Simone Ammon on 23 Jun 2017
Thanks so much for your presentation in Karori last night, absolutely loved it, it was so inspiring! Keep up the good work :)
Guest Backer
Guest Backer on 22 Jun 2017
Great presentation this evening in Karori. Inspiring!! All the best for your Rubbish Trip!
Lin Walden
Lin Walden on 22 Jun 2017
Heard you and Liam tonight at Karori. Thank you for all that you are doing and about to do. Regards Lin PS looking forward to a recipe on your posts for The Mite Be Alright. Loved it tonight when I taste tested it.
Ben Zwartz
Ben Zwartz on 22 Jun 2017
Great show! Have a fun trip!
Paparangi Kindergarten
Paparangi Kindergarten on 18 Jun 2017
Thank you so much for supporting our Eco Fair! We wish you all the very best with the Rubbish Trip :) Louise & all at Paparangi Kindergarten

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