Month: February 2016

almost two months since we started…

and we are still happy with our zero waste journey. We have been working (eating) through our cupboard staples in non-recyclable packaging and during this I realized that we store some items that we bought, used once and then never used it again. I think simplifying our culinary adventures would be a good idea in terms of reducing food waste. So now when something is finished I will only replace it with a quick thinking through. For example, there is no need for us to have 3 different types of rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, couscous and polenta. Most of these foods we eat with stew type of dishes. So it should be fine to have brown rice and couscous, in the cupboard. And when one of these is finished, then buy something else like quinoa. This way it is easier to see what we have and we can also make sure that we don’t bin out-of-date food. The fact that these foods are relatively cheap and readily available in most shops, makes us feel that …

Cloth diapering (Long Post!!)

This post is going to look at cloth diapering, how we do it. Every family is different, every baby is different, so that is something we all need to keep in mind. Something that works for us not necessarily would work for others. Most people when they hear about cloth nappies they think about terry cloths and safety pins, leaking poop…things that were common with cloth nappies years ago. Modern cloth nappies are very user friendly and a lot prettier than their predecessors. This is our beautiful stash of cloth nappies, minus one that he was wearing when I took the photo. That guy sitting next to the nappies is Mr. Rainbow Pants, guardian of all nappies 🙂 We started transitioning to cloth about two month ago. Started with a  loan from the Cloth Nappy Library. It is a great deal: you get 10 nappies for 2 weeks to try out for €25 including postage. There are different types and brands in the loan, so you can see what you like. I was drawn to …

Learning new skills

I’m back again to report on our progress towards zero waste. I finished my last post with saying that I was preparing something “ambitious”. Yes, it was ambitious but not too successful. I wrote a letter to one of the biggest supermarket chain requesting them to let us (zero waste followers) use our glass containers. Their answer was a categorically no!! They are concerned about some hygiene issues that are not even real. Funny enough they are quite proactive and sell growlers of beer, where you take home the growler, drink the beer, wash the glass bottle and bring it back for refill. Probably my understanding is impaired, but I thought this would be the exact same concept when I want to use my own glass jar. Whatever!! Then next, I managed to figure where to buy cheese without packaging. Now that is a biggie. I love cheese and we want to eat cheese on homemade pizza, pasta, quesadillas etc… Big thumbs up for the local Polish shop Mroz. The owner, Peter said: sure, whenever …

How are we doing so far?

yes, we are doing well, I think. I can see the reduction of the amount of rubbish that we throw in the bin. I have also learnt a lot in this last one month. Eg: plastic is not just plastic and paper is not just paper. You can not throw everything in the recycle bin as you wish. This last week I was focused on our clothes and our wardrobe. Last year we did a great decluttering after reading the Konmari method, but I still had things lying around that did not sparkle joy. So I filled up another big blue IKEA bag and off I went with those clothes to the charity shop. I feel really inspired about those capsule wardrobes that I see other zero wasters keep. NO, probably I wouldn’t be ok with only a capsule wardrobe, but I’m thinking about reorganising my wardrobe to make it more efficient, if I can use that word for wardrobe 🙂 So I got two really nice pieces on adverts, for €7 and €5, which …