So long 2010!

Wow, what a year! When the year began neither Waveney or I had any idea what it held, as we loaded up the car and moved north to Auckland from our hometown, Christchurch. After a few false starts, it is ending with both of us working in paid employment we love, and a new and improved Rubbish Free website and online store! was re-launched on 1st June 2010 and now boasts over 100 pages of ideas of ways to lighten our footprint on this beautiful planet, as well as this ongoing blog, and an online store with over 47 individual items on the ‘shelves’.

It’s that time of the year when all the ‘Top 10′ lists come out, and this year we’re adding to them! Judging by the reaction of the Rubbish Free Community, here’s a few of your favourite things from…

Favourite Guide topics are;

  1. Shampoo and Conditioner
  2. Composting
  3. No Knead Bread Recipe

Top sellers in the Store;

  1. Toothbrushes – a hands down favourite!
  2. Sandwich Wraps
  3. Reusable Bags

On looking back on the blogs we’ve written this year, it was easy to spot the favourite three, which are;

  1. A Juliet Garden
  2. ‘I have a bag thanks’
  3. Statistically Speaking

So, for the next few weeks we’ll be taking time out where we can, enjoy the company of friends and family, and looking forward to 2011 when we plan to at least double the size of the Guide, keep adding cool rubbish free products to the Store, and most importantly, keep up the communication with all of you fantastic, generous, and enthusiastic Rubbish Free Supporters!

Thanks heaps for all of your kind words and emails and for providing ideas and encouragement with the aim of reducing waste and rubbish. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you on the other side!



  1. kelly, December 21, 2010:

    Waveney and Matthew have yourselves a great Christmas. Looking forward to seeing the changes next year on the guide:)

  2. Katie, February 10, 2011:

    Hey you guys should look at stocking wooden clothes pegs :) just an idea

  3. Sandi, May 7, 2011:

    great site! am studying Environmental Management at BOP Polytech, this is is good tool for the Zero Waste Management paper. (and its a geat idea) as a family of 2+2 we send no more than 1 council bag of rubbish to landfill every 3 weeks. most is reduced, refused, recycled, compost, burnt to heat our water, we live on second hand, including school uniforms, kitchen utensils, most of our furniture. or we have not replaced old but still good stuff (stereo and sewing machine both more than 20 years old, kids bed bought for me 40 years ago. Again, fabulous site, we will be changing a few things to minimise even more!

  4. Waveney, May 9, 2011:

    Thanks for the feedback Sandi and well done on your own efforts! If you have any ideas to add to the guide we’d love to hear them, cheers.

  5. Waveney, May 9, 2011:

    Actually we have looked into stocking wooden pegs. The difficulty is getting them without the plastic bags they invariably come in. We’re looking into whether we could import them loose and get them put into organic cotton bags locally. How much would you pay for 25 wooden pegs in an organic cotton bag?