A family house bus adventure into the world of sustainability

The Crew

We are the Sturrocks – Campbell, Nikki, Bracken, Breeze and Reef – a Kiwi family embarking on the trip of a lifetime around New Zealand in a house bus. Our adventure is a real life experiment in building a motorhome using sustainability principles – considering people and the planet as well as costs in the choices we make. We’re also putting these principles into action in our everyday lives on the road. We want to ‘do good’ and shine some light on other people and organisations ‘doing good’ for nature and communities as we travel. We call this leaving it better than you find it.

The Bus

The Loop is an 11 metre 1978 Mercedes 0305 bus with Campbell as the main driver. An ex-ARA Yellow Bus (fleet #1531) that also served as a tour and charter bus from Taupo and Rotorua, it has it’s original 11 litre engine and 3 speed auto gear box. Originally just needing a bathroom and slight rearrangement of the beds The Loop underwent a full scale transformation at Motorhome Repairs Auckland. The Loop is being followed by a 100% electric Nissan Leaf “Little Miss Sunshine” driven primarily by Nikki. These two vehicles make quite a striking team as we travel from town to town.

Our Partners

We have the privilege to be partnering with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association and their 65,000+ members as they set out on their own sustainability journey in 2016 their 60th year. We are also working with a number of other key partners and sponsors who are committed to doing good in the world. They have been generous with their time, knowledge, products and services in helping us make good choices in The Loop construction and our day to day activities on the road.

 

Places we’ve stayed

 

Our Facebook feed

5 days ago

The Loop Crew

In less than half an hour on our coastal walk today we picked up probably 100 pieces of rubbish of which 92 were plastic. So many other people just walking on by not even seeing it. Sometimes it would be nice to be able to just be ignorant of the harm humans are doing to mother nature. But we're not so we #makeadifference where we can. Thank you to all you others who do the same.
#beatplasticpollution #loveyourcoast #leaveitbetterthanyoufindit
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In less than half an hour on our coastal walk today we picked up probably 100 pieces of rubbish of which 92 were plastic. So many other people just walking on by not even seeing it. Sometimes it would be nice to be able to just be ignorant of the harm humans are doing to mother nature. But were not so we #makeadifference where we can. Thank you to all you others who do the same.#beatplasticpollution #loveyourcoast #leaveitbetterthanyoufindit

 

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Your an amazing family keep up the good work . Xx💚🌏💛

I’m always amazed at how many plastic pegs we find

We were taught to only leave our footprints at the beach sad how much littering happening nowadays

The last beach clean we joined at St Heliers, Auckland showed the huge amount of polystyrene there also is. It breaks down into tiny pieces that look just like shell and it's everywhere and very hard to remove without resorting to sifting the beach. Also, part of the problem (on Tamaki Dr beaches) is that public rubbish bins regularly overflow because they contractors don't monitor them enough. I wonder if it would be better if bins were completely removed so people were forced to take their shit with them?

We met this inspiring couple from The Rubbish Trip earlier in the year in Nelson. They've got some great resources for helping to avoid, eliminate and reduce waste in your lives. Check them out. therubbishtrip.co.nz/media-and-resources/

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This is what motivates us every day to #saynotopalmoil in any form on our bus. Use this handy guide to help you identify palm oil when shopping - hamiltonzoo.co.nz/assets/buy-palm-oil-free-wallet-card-2016.pdf
#loveallchildrenofallspecies #palmoilfree

Channel 5
Shocking footage shows an orangutan fighting against a bulldozer to protect the final tree in its home.

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This is just horrible😡 Yay for your efforts in not contributing to this atrocity. Meanwhile, a little closer to home, the dairy industry takes babies away from their mothers so that humans can have the milk meant for those babies. Motivation enough for no dairy on the bus? #loveallchildrenofALLspecies Sent with love 😚

1 month ago

The Loop Crew

Happy birthday to a #truehero of mother nature and one of our most favourite people on the planet.
#loveallchildrenofallspecies #davidattenborough

BBC One
David Attenborough - this is your life. Have a WONDERFUL 92nd Birthday! 🎁🎈🎂
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That's a life.

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