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Bangladesh speaks out on single-use plastic

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“An estimated 312 tons of single-use plastic is produced per month in Bangladesh…approximately 80-85% are discarded after one use and end up in drains, canals and rivers, creating massive pollution in the rivers which eventually ends up in the Bay of Bengal.” Bangladesh is where my journey away from single-use plastics began. While living there, and in Nepal, in 2009-10 I saw what happens to plastic rubbish when it’s not conveniently taken away into landfill. Now 10 years on, I’ve started to realise how plastic pollution affects not only the environment, but inequality as well. Bangladesh is the 12th most...

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Taking the Plunge

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Taking the Plunge

An Eco Fundraising Success Story from Wellington Diving Club Wellington Diving Club is based at the Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie. It is one of the most successful diving clubs in New Zealand and helps coach and encourage recreational and competitive divers from the age of 5 years and up. Its top athletes compete on a national and international level. We spoke to Susan Smith, the current club Secretary, who successfully co-ordinated raising over $1000 in just 6 weeks by selling reusable produce bag packs from The Rubbish Whisperer.  “There are 42 families in the club and this year I...

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Equal Pay Day

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Equal Pay Day

November 10th was Equal Pay day. NZ women earn on average 14% less than men so with 14% of the year remaining, women are effectively working for free for the rest of the year. This is depressing but it's also good chance to think about how we can help to close the gap. Purchasing from businesses owned by women is one way. At The Rubbish Whisperer we consciously choose to support NZ businesses owned by women. Here some of our favourites: Smooch manufacture our new make-up remover and have a great range of other skin care products - made in Nelson; business owned...

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Why I love being part of a company impacting single-use plastic waste

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Why I love being part of a company impacting single-use plastic waste

When Julie Morgan accepted a position with Christchurch-based company The Rubbish Whisperer, she had no idea how it would impact her life. Originally from the United Kingdom, Julie and her husband, Kris, fell in love with the small community town of Diamond Harbour while on holiday in New Zealand. Soon after purchasing their first home in the area, Julie fell pregnant with her first child. Wanting to be a full time mum, Julie stopped working to raise her children. After the earthquakes in 2011, Julie was less eager to go back to work, especially if it meant commuting 45 minutes...

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Plastic Straw Free September

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Plastic Straw Free September

“In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink,  an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience.” (Plastic Pollution Coalition) Straw Free September, it’s become an annual, global movement. A month where we are encouraged to politely refuse the straw, helping spark thought and discussion around the massive impact cheap, disposable single-use plastics are having on our environment. It is hoped, that this simple trigger encourages us to look more widely at what other unnecessary and easily replaceable plastics we rely on as part of our daily lives. Plastic Straw rescued...

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