Rubbish-free year
A Christchurch couple attempt to go a full year without creating any rubbish

Rubbish-free year - Week 50


We have been enjoying having extra family around over the holidays. One day, after taking the nieces and nephews climbing, we spontaneously invited everyone back to ours for lunch.

Without any thought, we bought pies, fizzy drinks and juice for the kids.

Then when we got home we produced tomato sauce, tea, coffee and some green salad leftovers. All very normal, right?

I thought to myself as we were eating, I bet when people think about a rubbish-free lifestyle (we're in week 50 now) they don't have this in mind. I bet you imagine us more at Bin Inn, scooping up lentils (and that will be because you can find us doing this).

I think we have even tended to write about that stuff more because it is different. But it's just like taking photos. We take shots of ourselves at parties and on holidays and then, when we look back at them, it looks like we've never worked a day in our lives. And what could embody the rubbish-free philosophy more?

We plan to launch a Rubbish-Free Consultancy Service and are in the final stages of producing a Rubbish-Free DVD, writing a completely rubbish-free guide book and compiling a kit of essential products for being rubbish-free.

While we intend to tailor our services as needed, we think these are a great little pre-made package.

We have pitched it for a "non-rubbish focused" audience - no point preaching to the converted.


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