Waste Not Want Not
Jan26

Waste Not Want Not

Doing it in the Kitchen! Being eco-aware can be pretty fun because once you start there is no end to the possibilities for lifestyle changes. While it might seem a little boring to think about food waste and the kitchen (as it’s obviously not as much fun as buying organic cotton t-shirts) this area of our homes and lives can be an endless source of eco-wastage. The following are a few simple tips that you can think about and...

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How to Declutter Responsibly
Dec21

How to Declutter Responsibly

Got time off? End of year means holidays for some folks. While some of us are of braving the holiday traffic and crowded beaches, others are at home tackling the mess that results from a year of living and working before the relatives arrive for the holiday celebrations. Cluttering, according to organising guru Christina Scalise is: “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination” Decluttering is...

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Food Waste and The Festive Season
Dec16

Food Waste and The Festive Season

Waste Not Tradition dictates that Christmas is all about gathering together for a meal and stuffing ourselves silly but from the video above it is clear that the Christmas season is one of the most wasteful times of the year when it comes to over-stocking the fridge and overstuffing our bellies. While it’s nice to shower your friends and family with an abundant selection of food choices (packaged or not) it’s not all that...

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NYNC: Voluntary Simplicity Repost
Jan26

NYNC: Voluntary Simplicity Repost

This post ran in April last year but as it is very fitting for this months theme I have decided to repost it.    Did you ever read ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books in school? For those that aren’t familiar with the concept, they were books where you got to decide what happened to the characters by selecting which path they would take and turning to the corresponding page. It was so exciting to determine the way that the story...

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‘Tis the Season to Be Eco: Reduce Gift Giving Waste
Dec10

‘Tis the Season to Be Eco: Reduce Gift Giving Waste

  We all know (and love) Christmas as a time of giving and receiving and there is really nothing more exciting than the mystery of a beautifully wrapped gift. In a day and age where information is freely shared, be it a morning snapshot of your avocado on toast breakfast on Instagram or a picture of the cat asleep on your partners head for Facebook in the evening, there really isn’t much mystery in daily life anymore. Or at...

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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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