Month: January 2016

Week 3

Lots of happenings in the last one week. Still going strong with the intention and practice to reduce waste as much as possible. Last week I was very busy in the kitchen. I want to reduce the content of our cupboard. A clear and simple looking cupboard is great, because is does not only look great but also you can see what you have and less items will pass their best before date, therefore you will have to throw out less.   This is one of our cupboards. Most things are in glass containers. We still have some plastic ones, I only kept the BPA free ones. Maybe at another stage I will phase these out too. But not now. I made some tags to go on the jars using an envelope. Great that the tax office sends their stuff in recycled paper envelopes.   I decided that for the next weeks we will eat from the cupboard. Of course I am going to buy fresh veg and meat, but we will try and use …

Week 2 of Zero Waste

I am back to report that all goes well with our transition to live a more sustainable life. Achievements of last week: Little M started to use cloth nappies during the night too. I am very impressed how well they work. I got two sets of BumGenius Flip and they are bombproof. We also used up our last disposable swim nappy and received a reusable one, so from now on no disposable nappies for Little M. I declutter or bathroom, got rid f a whole lot of stuff that I had but not used and just kept the basics. I am going to use up my last shampoo in plastic bottle, and then start using the shampoo bar from Lush. This morning the bamboo toothbrushes arrived. I’m very happy because my  old one really had its time and needed to be changed. I ordered them from Hydrophil and they are lovely. I had to try them immediately. Feels good on the teeth. We will see how they work out: how long the bristle stay nice and …

First week towards Zero Waste

I wen tot the library to borrow the book: Zero Waste Home.  I have read some info on the Zero Waste Home blog, but I thought the book should go into more detail about practices to reduce waste. I went to Ikea and got some glass jars and containers to buy my meat and cheese. The first attempt to buy meat was success, the guy behind the counter put the chicken breasts into my glass container and was smiling.  I was happy. But noone tells that zero waste lifestyle is all full of smiles! Today in our local supermarket the Health and Safety manager told me that they have to follow regulations therefore they cannot sell meat and cheese in my own container. I guess, I am not going to go to that shop for my meat and cheese anymore 🙂 Pretty disappointing, because it is a family run business and I rather shop in a family owned shop than at a huge supermarket (like on the first day). In the end I went to …

Environmental friendly

Generally we are aiming to live an environmental friendly life. When we moved into our new home over a year ago we improved the energy rating of the house right away: changed all of our spotlight bulbs to LED replaced windows to improve insulation the energy rating of all our appliances are A+ we installed a smart heating control system (Nest) to reduce heating bills Since then we have done even more: replaced old backdoor insulated the attic At the end of last year our attention turned towards our waste production. It is simply unbelievable how much waste we produce on a weekly basis. After little M was born we soon started to realize that disposable nappies have to be changed to cloth nappies. However we were skeptical. Thankfully the Cloth Nappy Library Ireland offers different types of loans and we were happy to give cloth nappies a try. After the initial trial period we were pleasantly surprised and decided to transition from “sposies” to cloth. We have done our calculations and took all aspects …