Waste Weigh Up: Reflections
Dec01

Waste Weigh Up: Reflections

It is the first day of December which signifies the first day without without the need to collect and photograph my waste. There is a great sense of freedom, accomplishment, and relief that goes with having achieved a goal, but as always, it is sad to say goodbye to something that you get used to doing. As I mentioned in yesterdays post, we have had a houseguest, so it has been a little more difficult to keep track of the waste. Also...

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Waste Weigh Up : The Final Weigh In
Dec01

Waste Weigh Up : The Final Weigh In

Today I tackled one months worth of waste head on to see exactly how my figures stack up. The experience of collecting and assessing my personal waste stream, despite all the other distracting challenges life has thrown my way of late, was a very positive, empowering and educational one. I would recommend it to anyone who is passionate about the environment and wants to preserve what we have for future generations. Consider it an...

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Waste Weigh Up Days 25-26: Take Away
Nov29

Waste Weigh Up Days 25-26: Take Away

Takeaway food. How we love your convenience after a long hard day at work. Pre cooked and pre packaged it is as easy as opening your mouth to chew. In some cases you need not even bother chewing (thank you juice bars for saving us the hassle). After this ode to the convenience of takeaway let’s get seriously environmental. Takeaway food usually comes packaged, this is something we all expect for two reasons, one being that most...

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DIY: The ‘Say-No-to-Landfill’ Pot Scrubber
Nov26

DIY: The ‘Say-No-to-Landfill’ Pot Scrubber

  First up, this idea was not mine. There is an image of it burnt into the back of  my brain having seen it somewhere online and not taken note of the source. If you have seen it too and know the source please share it with us in the comments section so the appropriate owner of the produce bag pot scrubber patent gets the kudos. This plastic produce bag was something that had been part of my waste weigh up challenge waste stream....

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Waste Weigh Up Days 22 – 24: DIY Week
Nov26

Waste Weigh Up Days 22 – 24: DIY Week

  Hi folks! Sorry to have gone missing on the home stretch of the waste weigh up challenge. There have been a few changes afoot and the last few days have  required some soul searching. After much deliberation I am throwing caution to the wind and heading back to study my masters in sustainability education full time at the beginning of next year. Yay!!!! I am so excited. This has been part of my plan for some time now but...

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Waste Weigh Up Day 20: Composting on the Cheap
Nov22

Waste Weigh Up Day 20: Composting on the Cheap

  We (as in Sebastian and I) finally got around to making a new and improved compost bin. It was hot work due to the weather but fortunately it was not very hard work. Nevertheless there was some serious sweat put into this project standing around in the sun and humidity layering the compost ‘cake’. My (usually) magic garage full of useful junk failed me as far as compost bins were concerned with all the chicken wire...

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Waste Weigh Up Days 18 and 19: Up-Cycled Planter
Nov21

Waste Weigh Up Days 18 and 19: Up-Cycled Planter

  Thinking a little outside the plastic pot this afternoon. Having noticed that my jade bush cutting was getting a little out of control in the glass jar full of water that I had it in I decided to pot it up. Without a pretty pot in sight (they are all full up at the moment) I challenged myself to make something from my waste. In order to make a planter with a little bit of space for root growth (they were so long already)  I dug...

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Waste Weigh Up Day 17: Why Bother At All?
Nov19

Waste Weigh Up Day 17: Why Bother At All?

Toady was booked out for building a new compost heap but unfortunately life got in the way (as it sometimes does) and this has been put on the back burner until the weekend. Building a compost heap really does sound more like a weekend job than a mid-week one when you really think about it. It also sounds like something you would do wearing overalls. Perhaps I can theme dress to match my yard work activities. My defeatist attitude...

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Waste Weigh Up Day 15-16: Composting Options
Nov18

Waste Weigh Up Day 15-16: Composting Options

Sorry for my absence  yesterday. There has been quite a bit to absorb as some changes are happening in my workload so it has been a little hectic and has taken some adjustments. Science is a fickle beast and not an employment path for the fainthearted (or financially overcommitted) as most of the time it is an ‘all’ or ‘nothing’ kind of situation. Today I did a little research regarding organic waste disposal...

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Waste Weigh Up Day 14: The Halfway Point
Nov16

Waste Weigh Up Day 14: The Halfway Point

  It is the end of week two of the waste weigh up challenge and I can safely say that it has been a throughly enjoyable and empowering experience to date. Heading into this month of personal waste assessment I had no idea that collecting and assessing my waste could teach me so much about making sustainable and environmental consumption purchases. Just two weeks in and my knowledge and awareness has increased tenfold. Here are...

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