The Rubbish Trip

Click In to read pertinent as ever commentary on our government's recent announcement that they will be looking further into waste minimisation/banning of single use plastics ðŸŒ¼ The Rubbish Trip lay it out: We strongly support the Govt's announcement this morn, which again displays its willingness to keep using s 23 of Waste Minimisation Act to phase-out items in our economy that can't be circularised. This is REALLY important.

Right now, we're waiting for more specificity around what those proposed items for phase-outs are. The list of items we've seen so far seems quite narrow. We believe the Govt could be more ambitious. This is not only because there are so many problematic single-use food & beverage packaging items out there beyond ones made of PVC/polystyrene, it's also a question of time & resource efficiency. With all the preliminary work & consultation required for a phase-out, the Govt might as well consult on a wider range of single-use food & drink packaging items at once, to avoid having to complete this lengthy process over & over again. ðŸŒ¼ A more comprehensive focus on the category of single-use takeaway food & beverage packaging as a whole (rather than just particular ones made of particular materials like PVC/polystyrene) would accelerate development of a coherent, scaleable system of alternatives to single-use items generally. Because if we want to trigger the #reuserevolution we must think bigger. Piecemeal bans of items made of specific materials or polymers is fine to a point, but may incentivise 'swapping' of one material for another (whether another plastic polymer or another single-use material, including bioplastics/PLA), which doesn't get to the core of our single-use problem.🌼 In this vein, we could make faster transitions to a circular economy if the s 23 powers were used more thoughtfully to include real incentives for reuse systems to be developed alongside phase-outs. Section 23 includes a range of policy tools for ditching single-use, not just bans. Using these tools simultaneously could be really powerful! However, this works best if we look at product categories to be phased-out more holistically. ðŸŒ¼But we remain hopeful for what's in the final proposal and/or what else the Govt has in the pipeline! ðŸŒ¼ And hey, thanks & your cafes for your advocacy. You've created a new normal!

How To Summer

How to enjoy summer without single use waste - Choose a cone not a tub. Use our mouths not little single use spoons. Easy ðŸŒ¼ This is East Street, CAFE, BAR, NELSON ðŸŒŸ Discount When You UYOC 🌏 VEGAN friendly ðŸ’ Pet Friendly 🌿 Responsible Food Waste 🐢 No Plastic Straws Here 🌱 Plant Based Options/Alt Mylks 🍰 Gluten Free Options 🍱 Use Your Own Container  💧 Free Water Refill For Anyone 💝 Outside Catering 🌻 Take Out Grounds For Your Garden 📱 Free Wifi ðŸŒˆ Do a little search on UYO for  East St Cafe & Bar Nelson Cafe to see more…

Throwaway Free

Click HERE to view 28 cafes who are single use cup free, who have made the decision to cease serving single use waste. They are bold, brave and grateful to folks like you for giving them the confidence to work their values. We salute them. 

Spork Life?

Making use of what we have is best. Grab a fork or spoon from the kitchen drawer and make sure you have it around if food is a likelihood. If you think something purpose made for travelling is more your cuppa, use Ecosia to find Shay at Caliwoods - she can hook you up with a spork. 

Responsible Foodies

This pic is from instrammer ðŸŒ¼ One of the accounts we follow. Why? Because this good human never, never used single use packaging to represent the businesses they want to support. Using social media to creat positive change is something available to all of us. Be the change. 

One Good Cup all you need. Be proud of yourself when you refuse single use. When you choose to reuse. And don't feel silly, or like you are making a fuss for nothing. There is nothing more important right now than protecting your planet, and your actions will and do influence others ðŸŒº This little beauty was made by @alexmrachkovskiy 

From The Zerowaste World

Thanks to The Rubbish Trip for including us in their summation of 2019. Click HERE to read the article in it's entirety, and to connect with those workling all over New Zealand to create tangible change for the better. 

Learn At Moa, Oamaru

Courses in raw baking, making plant based cheeses and milks, creating health driven foods for every day enjoyment. Yup. Click HERE to contact Moa Bakery and get involved....Jan 18, 21 and 25.