Ok… I am a little behind the eight ball with the Plastic Free July challenge information. One week and one day to be precise. However we can look at it from the point of view that any day is a good day to start reducing plastic.

Some of you may remember that month I spent collecting, photographing and weighing my household waste. It has been seven months since the Waste Weigh Up challenge ended but I can safely say it has changed my consumption patterns for life. While my household is yet to hit a zero waste status, each day we inch a little closer to this goal. At present my estimate is that it would take us around a year even get close to filling our 140 litre landfill waste bin. Our recycling goes out full around once every six weeks, and we compost all our green waste.

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce waste I have started to make my own nut milk to reduce the packaging that we contribute to recycling and those annoying little plastic lids that aren’t recyclable here on the Sunshine Coast. Nut milk is surprisingly easy to make. All you need is some nuts that have been soaked overnight I am using cashews, a blender, and a nut bag or cloth strainer. Then you simply blend the nuts with some water (around one cup of nuts with three to four cups of water deepening on desired consistency), strain them through the fabric or nut bag, and pour into a container. Cashew milk lasts around 2-3 days in the fridge and you can add a sweetener if desired. Don’t throw out the left over nut pulp as it can be used for a variety of recipes (just google) including a cashew cheese one I will share tomorrow.

Plastic Free July has loads of tips and tricks on how you can reduce your consumption of single use plastic items and if you register for the Plastic Free July challenge you can have these tips sent directly to your inbox.

Do you have any tips you would like to share on how you have reduced your plastic?

Perhaps you have some delicious nut milk recipes?

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