Our Story

Hello, I’m Shayna and this is my wee site. This is a little bit about me and why I have started The Waste-Free Home.

Firstly, this journey wouldn't be possible without the support of my family. I am lucky enough to be married to a wonderful man who is so supportive of the journey we are on and together we have two beautiful boys.

Since having my babies, so much has changed for me. Amongst other things, I suffered severe postnatal depression with my first babe and I got a serious blood clot with my second. These events, while hard to deal with at the time, helped me to focus on what is important to me, mostly my family and my health, but also trying to leave a better world for our boys than the one we inherited.

Our own waste-free journey really took off with the birth of number two. I suggested to my husband we should use reusable nappies and it grew from there. Soon I was looking for plastic free and waste free alternatives for every aspect of our lives. I also knew that I wanted to be able to dispose of most of our waste via our own home compost and worm farm to severely reduce the waste we put into the world. 

Through years of trying to live the lifestyle I know it’s not straight forward, and I know that convenience is a huge pull for those mainstream products. So, this site sets out to curate the best alternatives out there, and house them all in the one place. I strongly believe that if you start with small simple swaps, in no time you too will be quickly reducing the waste you create.

I am lucky enough to have some talented people in my life that can help bring my designs and ideas to life, so as we grow, we will be adding more and more of our own, made in NZ products too. And I can’t wait!

Thanks for thinking about living a lower waste life, and for choosing us to help you along the way. If you have questions please feel free to ask me at hello@thewastefreehome.co.nz



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