About Us

Mission: To continually develop and source alternatives to single-use plastics to reduce marine plastic pollution

Our Team

Say ‘hello’ to the Rubbish Whisperer team - a busy, productive crew in the Ōtautahi- Christchurch area. We love what we do and enjoy working in a business that is making a real contribution towards creating a better world.


Helen Townsend

Anthea Madill




What's our Story?

In 2009, our Founder and CEO, Helen Townsend, was living and working in Nepal. She was amazed and appalled at the amounts of unprocessed rubbish littering a beautiful country. On returning to NZ she decided to reduce her own waste footprint and try to create awareness around reusable and compostable products that can replace single-use plastics. Helen believes that by motivating people to take small steps, we can collectively make big changes that will help protect and preserve the delicate balance of our precious eco-systems.

Why The Rubbish Whisperer?

 The Rubbish Whisperer Impact Report Environment

 The Rubbish Whisperer Impact Report People

The Rubbish Whisperer Impact Report Community

UN Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable development goals

The Rubbish Whisperer supports the above Sustainable Development Goals. For more information visit the UN Website or see the Guidelines.

Together We Are Stronger...

We know that strong partnerships are essential to long term sustainability and development which is why we are proud to work with these fantastic local and international organisations:

Hospitality NZ Clever Green
Our Seas Our Future Waste free with Kate
Plastic Pollution Coalition Lonely Whale


We also know that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of others – we are thankful for the support of:

SIFT Pathway

We are delighted that others recognise and celebrate what we are achieving - this year we are proud to have won Most Sustainable Small Business in the Keep NZ Beautiful Awards!

Stay in touch!

We really value the relationships we have with our loyal customers, all over the world. Sign up for our monthly newsletter (bottom of page) for updates on new products, information about interesting projects and inspiring stories of real people making simple but great changes in their lives.            




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