Sep—18

Method Profile: Meet Trudy

At Method, we aim to be forward-thinkers. That's why we hire the brightest minds and most inspiring sustainability advocates to help us reach our goals.

So we'd like to introduce our newest team member Trudy Atherton who has joined Method as a Business Development Manager in Auckland. We've asked her about her career so far, the future of recycling and sustainability and what motivates her.

IMG 6273 Trudy holding a Method Precycler
How did you come to your role at Method?

The position caught my eye initially as it was in the sustainability space, but what really intrigued me was how what seems to be a simple product can have such a huge impact.

It really got me thinking about how a bin can impact our thinking, habits and how we solve wider issues.

What appealed you to about working for Method?

I have extensive experience in construction and the built environment, with a focus on improving the sustainability credentials of each project. Working for Method I'm able to combine my experience and passion for enacting change.

Plus Method is about education, advisory and helping people navigate what can be a confusing transition and that's something I was really excited to be a part of.

What has inspired to get you to this stage in your career?

As a child, I was a junior Forest and Bird ranger often spending weekends planting natives at Tahuna Torea and generally being environmentally aware. It’s ingrained in me, and now I get to go to the office every day and work on things I’m passionate about.

I also really enjoy the creative process, connecting people, finding solutions to problems. Method is a fast-growing global organisation that has the ability to change and accelerate sustainable habits, so it feels like a great fit.

What do you think is fundamental to generate awareness about recycling and/or sustainability?

People and organisations need to increase their knowledge base, implement some simple changes and lead by example. Share with friends and ask questions of your community - you’ll be surprised at the incredible initiatives happening everywhere.

Visit the Method website! It has simple guides and practical information to get you started on recycling and DIY waste audits. Why not add some friendly competition and challenge colleagues, friends and family to improve their habits over time.

What has been your greatest accomplishment in your career thus far?

I’m proud of my work in connecting the construction sector and my aim of making access to information and knowledge easier for busy builders and tradies through www.buildersbase.co.nz. But I think the best is yet to come!

What do you think is the greatest opportunity for organisations to make a difference?

These are really big questions! Empower and educate the people around you so your organisation is working in unison – then align with other sustainability-committed organisations and amplify the message.

Procurement and personal purchasing habits have to be at the top of the list as well. To start if you don’t buy it you don’t have to dispose of it, but also questioning if there are options that are more sustainable. Start by choosing products that are made from recycled materials, are easily and frequently recycled, often these options exist.

Where do you see the future of waste management?

It’s undeniable that this is an issue that impacts wider society who want to see action. I believe there will be increasing demand from consumers to know what is happening to their waste and their recycling, this can only strengthen accountability.

What are you most excited about for your future with Method?

So much! Though the most exciting part is knowing that a humble (but beautiful) bin is often the catalyst for incredible change within organisations and also at a personal level. One person can’t do everything - but if everyone does something then we are onto a winner!

Ready to make a difference in your organisation?

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