1 hour. 4 people. 6 bags of trash.

1 hour. 4 people. 6 bags of trash.

The things we dug up today made it feel like we were investigating a crime. Together, we found a syringe, an unused condom, a men’s wallet with membership cards, a pair of men’s jeans, a cardigan and maybe a small baggie of heroin!?

We also found loads of @woolworths_au and @colessupermarkets plastic bags, styrofoam, straws, @cocacola cans, @evianwater bottles, coffee cups, @cadbury and @nestle chocolate wrappers, a milk crate, an uneaten fun-sized bounty bar, a tyre iron, a @nikesoccer ball and an astonishing amount of @mcdonalds bags, burger boxes, cups and straws.

I think these McDonald’s straws are haunting me. Every week, there’s so many of them. They never die. Maybe they have special powers of immortality? Maybe if I hold one, I’ll become immortal too?? Thank you @_jameslake @hoppingtonpost and Kirsty from @girlsrockmelb for making this a Trash Party. Regardless of the never-ending straws, it’s been incredible to see our progress each week and have a different group of wonderful people helping out. You rock!


4 people. 1 hour. 7 bags of trash.

4 people. 1 hour. 7 bags of trash.

Thank you @ameerkat_47@_michaelacatherine and Peter for making this a Trash Party. We found a sock, a rubber duckie, a condom wrapper, 2 syringes, 10 golf balls, 3 @cocacola cans, 2 @carmanskitchen wrappers, 4 @mcdonaldscups, 5 beer bottles, a @jackdaniels_us can, lots of broken glass, countless straws (mostly #maccas), an unmanageable amount of plastic bags; and an alarming amount of highly recognisable chocolate wrappers including products from @nestle@cadburyoz and @whittakersnz.

It might be the designer in me speaking here, but the haunting resilience of this vibrant packaging seems like a terrible way to achieve brand awareness. I am hopeful that soon it will be normal for companies to take responsibility for the waste they generate by preventing it at a packaging and product design level.

I don’t believe this waste is created by people disposing of rubbish irresponsibly. It all appeared after the flash floods in December and looks like it’s been carried downstream from neighbouring homes.

To all the companies tagged here: How can we prevent this waste from being generated in the first place?


Zero waste is all about habits, not morality

Last month, I helped the amazing @anakresina and @dominictaranto collect used disposable coffee cups from our office bins at @redbubble.

Like most offices, we have a bin at each pod of desks, plus the big ones in the kitchen. For one week, the three of us casually trawled through countless bins dotted around two floors of our Melbourne office, collecting as many cups as we could.

It’s been a great way to raise awareness. We’ve been super conscious not to make anyone feel bad – I am a firm believer that the point of zero waste is all about habits, not morality. In order to keep moving forward; education, inspiration and incremental habit-forming is key. The next step for this project is the inspiration piece and I can’t wait to show you what they have planned for these cups. They’re about to bloom into something very special.


6 people + 1 dog. 1 hour. A trunk-load full of trash

6 people + 1 dog. 1 hour. A trunk-load full of trash. I could barely fit it all in the car!

Among the rubbish, we found countless straws, plastic bags, @mcdonalds cups, @cocacola bottles, @evianwater bottles, cans, chocolate wrappers, around 20 golf balls, a mobile phone, a phone cover, 3 syringes, a crack pipe, a raunchy playboy card, zippers, tennis balls and an unopened bottle of one of my favourite @valebrewing beers.
Thanks @ameerkat_47 @_michaelacatherine@annie_walter Cameron and @_jameslake for being total legends and making this a trash party.