The Latest Waste Free Adventures: WWOOFing, Eco Day & Go Green Expo

Our accommodation during our WWOOF stay
Yet again I have been busy up to all sorts of sustainable adventures, so I thought I’d share a bit of a photo journal of the more interesting things I have done in the past few weekends.
The weekend following WOMAD was a long weekend (Easter) so the BF and I seized the opportunity to get out of Auckland and went on our first WWOOFing experience. WWOOF is a volunteer exchange programme, it stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms, and is often used by foreign travelers looking for a cultural experience as well as being accommodated and fed. Although we didn’t stay on a farm and we were only a few hours away we still had a really interesting experience. We stayed with a lovely family in Whangamata and helped out in their ice cream van. We had some great conversations, I helped the household learn how to properly sort their waste and also blew their minds with aquafaba and got them back in to kombucha after a failed previous attempt.
We were also shown the community garden, which was quite impressive, I loved the creative upcycling in the garden. The WWOOF household is set near the bush so they were having rodent problems with their compost system (sandwich eating possums!), Callan and I problem solved this and suggested a worm farm which they will get back up and running. In the meantime though they plan on taking their compost to the compost facilities at the community garden. The highlight was definitely our accommodation, a converted bus!

Whangamata Community Gardens







During the following week we went to the New Lynn Night Market (Thursday) which was launching the Vegan Village. Unfortunately for us but fortunately for the small businesses it was very popular and they subsequently sold out on food by the time we arrived!
The following weekend was Eco Day in New Lynn also, hosted by Ecomatters whom I previously have volunteered for. Eco Day was a great success, Callan and I went to the Eco House workshop, which was run by an expert from Auckland Council. Council offers a free 2 hour consultation for advice on building and renovating your own Eco home. Next up was a panel discussion on “Why Waste Matters” although there was a small audience turn out it was a passionate and interested group. The panel included a representative from Ecomatters, Auckland Council, Community Recycling Network, Matthew Luxon from Envision and Rubbish Free and Hone Pene from TAT Upcycle. The panel, along with the audience had some really great discussions about waste education and incentives, community and jobs and upcycling.

Eco Day



Kiwi Reusables


TAT Upcycle


TAT Upcycle



ELF solar pedal bike



The following weekend we went to a cave gig/jam, which was the 4th one in the series and which I did not take photos, mainly because it was so mesmerizing and the lighting is candles and moonlight (very atmospheric, not great for photos). We also went and saw Hunt For The Wilderpeople at a very packed out cinema.
Almost caught up now…. That brings us to last weekend. My partner and I spent most of Saturday brewing/distilling/fermenting. On Sunday we went to the Go Green Expo, we were very kindly given tickets by NZ Eco Chick, who I also had the pleasure of (very briefly) meeting. Madeleine was working the Essence of Light stand selling menstrual cups and cloth. It was one of the busiest stands, there were hoards of intrigued ladies! One of the other interesting things I spotted at this year’s expo was a solar power share where people without solar panels can use the excess solar power from those with panels. It was also good to see Globlets being used by Organic Mechanic to reduce waste.
However the expo this year had less seminars than the year before, and although they had 3 waste streams (compost, recycling and landfill) it was really badly sorted as many people didn’t know what went where. Most of the food stalls were using compostable packaging, however a lot of the samples were coming in small plastic containers, and weren’t being recycled.

Go Green Expo


Greencane toilet paper (we use this brand)



House of Dumplings come plastic free at Farro Fresh


EV Blue electric car




Hungry Bins


Organic Mechanic kombucha & Globlets (with compostable straws)


Conscious Consumers


Meals in Steel

After the Go Green Expo we went and saw Where to Invade Next, by Michael Moore. It was a very interesting documentary, I definitely recommend it to any one interested in social issues/social well-being.

That concludes my past month, and hopefully explains why I haven’t been blogging as much (aside from working full time, I do try and keep a social life as well…)! If you wish to keep more up to date with my waste free adventures, follow me on instagram I post there more regularly.



  1. Kate Javady   •  

    Looks like fun. Blogging can take over sometimes!

  2. cweir   •  

    Wow action packed Amanda! I was going to to Go Green but gave my free tickets away. We recently got an eco home consult from Auckland Council, we learnt we were doing well energy wise with a few things to change and install around the home.
    You and Callan are on a great path, you are getting so much out of life, who knew it all starts with waste! x candace

  3. zerojourney   •  

    Wow, this is all so awesome! It makes me actually quite envious that you have so many opportunities near you like this, and also that your networking opportunities with like-minded folks are quite extensive! I suppose I live somewhere far smaller, but here they are definitely not caught up to this movement yet, which is difficult for me, but definitely makes me hugely aware of when changes happen! Inspiring post!

  4. Amanda Chapman   •  

    It's funny, when I first started I felt very alone, and was always jealous of everyone in California always hanging out. Slowly I started to discover more people, and once you meet one or two you end up meeting them all. We are planning starting an NZ Zero Waste Club! It is so exciting. I really hope you start to find more of a ZW community, or push to make your own 🙂

  5. Amanda Chapman   •  

    Thanks Candace! Go Green was pretty similar to the year before, and there was a bit of green washing unfortunately! It was great to briefly meet Madeleine though. That's great your home is doing well, my current home is just the worst for energy efficiency- hello 100 year old rented villa with high ceilings!
    Thanks for your kind words, some people think we are a bit nutty but I think they are the crazy ones! This life is awesome 🙂 See you soon at Zero Waste Club!

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