Those Simple Bare Necessities

Words by Megan Lyon, Images by Ashlee DeCaires BARE Refill Grocery Store (BARE) occupies the street frontage of the newly minted MADE urban precinct in Hamilton East, with an extensive inventory ranging from free-flow frozen dumplings to toothpaste on tap. Underpinning everything at BARE is owner Bridie McNarama’s ethos to reduce waste and packaging, and […]


By David Wrigley For as long as people have inhabited these islands, we have been a nation of fishers. Ever since Te Ika-a-Māui was pulled from the ocean, we have fished for fun, for sport, for profit, and for kai. This close relationship with the ocean and all that swims in it hasn’t always been […]

Grinding Out Waste

Excelso coffee have long been on a path of reducing their waste, be it sewing the sacks the coffee beans come in into cool reusable bags and aprons or encouraging their clients to ditch the single use coffee cups, they are always looking for new ways to lessen their environmental impact. But what about the […]

It’s Time to Make Waste History

Words Emily Gray, Images Alex Spodyneiko “We have the solution to make waste history.”  So states Vincent Callister. The founder of event waste management company Waste Wizards is on a mission: to provide coffee drinkers with an easy and sustainable alternative to single-use coffee cups. Needing to diversify Waste Wizards during the Covid-19 pandemic, Vincent […]

Waste Not

  Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Brydie Thompson New figures recently released indicate New Zealander’s throw out more than $3 billion worth of food each year – more than $1,500 per household per year. While many of us compost or have worm farms and some regions have food waste collections which all reduce the impact of […]

Waste Not

Food waste is a huge problem! The problem does not lie in the sheer waste – and the many layers in which waste happens when food doesn’t end up getting eaten (like the waste of resources to grow, store and transport food; the waste of money spent to buy it). The real problem lies in […]

It’s Not PR But the 3Rs

Plastic, it’s literally everywhere! It’s wrapped around our food, it’s in our clothing, our carpets, and now it’s on our oceans and our food chain. The invention of plastic in the early 1900s was an environmental breakthrough, replacing the unstainable use of animal and wood products like ivory and tortoiseshell. By the 1960s plastic had […]

Potting Indoors

I have a very philosophical view when it comes to houseplants, or more precisely the fact that I kill most of them; if they survive three months or longer I am     on to a winner. If you have higher expectations for your plants then Alex and Thomas from The Potting Shed and The Flower Crate […]

What a Waste

Every year the average Kiwi household sends 89kgs of edible food to landfill. This figure does not include food scraps that can’t be eaten, like egg shells and banana peels. It also doesn’t include food wasted at the source or through our supply chain i.e. what producers, distributors, supermarkets and restaurants throw away. The problem […]

Behind the Market

Words Denise Irvine, Images Whether you are one of the first at Cambridge’s Victoria Square, with your market bag at the ready, or one to lie in on a Sunday and roll on into the Hamilton Market for a coffee and peruse it can be easy to take for granted the work of the Waikato […]