Ons Plastiekvrye Julie

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Dit is Julie. Vir ons gesin, was Julie 2017 nie sommer dieselfde as elke ander jaar nie. Dit was ‘Plastic Free July’.  Wat beteken dat ons ‘n ‘eed’ af gelê het om geen ‘single use’ plastiek te gebruik tydens die maand van Julie nie. Ons is nou al van Januarie af besig op hierdie pad na ‘Zero Waste’. Omdat ons baie op die toer, is dit veral ‘n uitdagende taak! Maar dit was so goed vir ons, omdat dit ons forseer het om te beplan, en nee te sê, en regtig te dink voordat ons sommer net iets gekoop het. Ons het dit nie noodwendig 100% reg gekry nie. Maar 99% meer as Mei en Junie. Ek kan my oortreedinge op een hand tel.

Die probleem met plastiek is die volgende: Ja jy kan dit herwin (nie alle plastiek nie), maar wanneer dit een keer herwin word. word dit dalk weer plastiek en kan dálk weer herwin word, indien nie word dit verander in polyester, waarvan baie klere gemaak word, maar polyester is nie herwinbaar nie. Dus is die enigste eindbestemming van plastiek, die ashoop. Of dit nou herwin word of nie.

Die zero waste pad is baie makliker as wat ek aanvanklik gedink het, en met ‘n bietjie beplanning en voorbereiding het ons hierdie maand vêr gekom. Wanneer ons iewers heen ry, of dit net vinnig dorp toe is (ons bly op ‘n plaas 20km van die naaste dorp), en of ons vir 3 weke weg gaan, pak ons die volgende in:

  • Twee vlekvryestaal strooitjies (met ‘n strooitjie skoonmaker)
  • Twee vurke, messe, en teelepels
  • ‘n Paar lap servette
  • Een of twee glas bottels
  • ‘n Waterbottel, vol water
  • ‘n Kosblik
  • ‘n Vadoek
  • Katoen/ ander herbruikbare inkopiesakke
  • Twee herbruikbare koffiekoppies (ons s’n is van ecosoulife en is bioafbreekbaar)
  • ‘n Paar klein tuisgemaakte lap sakkies.
  • ‘n lappie en spuitbotteltjie met water.

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Zero Waste Toothpaste

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||The various components comprising the typical toothpaste tube can include any number of plastics, aluminium, steel and even nylon. For a toothpaste tube to be recycled it means each of these components must be processed separately. So on top of the CO2 pollution involved of the production of each individual tube, it then becomes a very complicated process for the recyclers.

By choosing to make your own toothpaste, or buy toothpaste with sustainable packaging you can reduce waste going to landfill and save both the water and energy involved in the production and disposal of these products.

About 1 billion toothpaste tubes are sent to landfills every year. [1]Toothpaste tubes are generally made of with aluminum or plastic. The process of converting raw bauxite (the source of aluminum that makes up 8 percent of the earth’s crust) into aluminum is an energy-consuming one, requiring roughly 7.5 kilowatt hours for each pound of virgin aluminum. Plastic is not biodegradable, taking up to 700 years before beginning to decompose. [2]|| 》http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/why-i-quit-toothpaste/《

So: While zero wasting our lifestyle we decided to switch to zero waste toiletry/hygiene alternatives when what we were using runs out. So when we ran out of toothpaste we were forced to find an alternative that would still keep our teeth clean and healthy. Continue reading

Zero Waste Shopping Success

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I have had the best Zero Waste Shopping day ever.  Okay. It’s like my third Zero Shopping day. But this has been a really successful shopping day in terms of packaging.

My husband is busy working on a friends album in Pretoria, so my daughter and I went to Pretoria, and stayed over at the studio. On our way back home I bought the most beautiful second hand glass jars from Bellbottoms, an awesome antique store in Pierneef Street. I then passed by Carl’s Coffee, in 18th street, to fill up on some coffee beans. They were willing to put the beans directly into my glass jars. Continue reading

Danél – 1. Waste – 0. Frustration – 10.

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It was all going really well.  In fact I was on top of the world.  No waste for one day. Oh yes. Golden star. 100%. Noddy badge. Difference maker etc etc. I had bought two take away cappuccino in my own EcoSoulife Cafe Traveler, refused my cash slips and placed my take away in my own cotton serviette. Day 1 was a breeze. What could possibly go wrong. Continue reading

Zero Waste: ready, steady, throw

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The less you have, the less you have to worry about ||Gautama Buddha||

So it has now been about 10 days since starting this new Zero Waste Home lifestyle.

Step 1: Decluttering our home.

We live in a  very small house on a beautiful farm near Walkerville, Gauteng. Our house does not have any built in closets. Actually, it doesn’t really have any cupboards. So when  we moved there from a rather large home (5 bedrooms) in Pretoria, in June 2016,  all our ‘stuff’ had to fit into our new home. Needless to stay, it didn’t. Not even half. So we went European and made everything we thought we needed (thought) fit. We put things under, on top, behind, and everywhere we could find an open space.  My clothes couldn’t fit in my loose standing closet, so there were things stacked on top.  The closet didn’t really fit into the room either.  We placed the rest in storage.

Now, the problem with this clever Europeanization of our home is that it became extremely cluttered. Constantly having to bend down and reach under the bed for something became really frustating. The house became untidy because it was too much trouble to place things back where they belonged.  A little cockroach family moved in, along with a lot of dust. We found a Rinkhals (very poisonous snake) right outside our house. A rat in our daughter’s room. A blind snake under my sink (not dangerous, but hey) and many frogs. Clutter + animals = Great hiding and breeding spots.

WE HAD TO DECLUTTER. Continue reading