Author: Timi

Conscious Living & Working Conference

I am delighted to say I will have a display at the Conscious Living & Working Conference. It will take place on 20th September 2019, at the Law Society in Dublin This conference is an exciting and innovative opportunity for us to look at the issues of climate change, our work and our lives. We believe that, despite the negative news that surrounds us, opportunity now presents itself to all of us to really out the choices we have and understand how we can make a real and lasting difference. Book your ticket here I am looking forward to this day and all the discussions that are going to take place.

Interview on NewsTalk

I was delighted when I received an email from a producer of the Alive and Kicking show by Clare McKenna on NewsTalk radio station. They were inviting me to the show to talk about living low waste and what steps everyone can make to lower the waste they produce. I could not say no. The show was on today, 8th September 2019. Clare was great and I had a chance to talk about the ups and downs of a zero waste life. If you would like to listen, click on the link below: https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/alive-and-kicking-with-clare-mckenna/live-waste-free-life

Collaboration

I am delighted to announce that I started a collaboration with a project called The Future Living. The Future Living enables householders and businesses to track, analyse and improve waste patterns. It is based on a technology platform that analyses the relevant waste suggesting how to dispose correctly and offers advice on buying patterns in order to improve peoples environmental footprint. For further information please visit The Future Living Website

Project 333

My aim for this year is to simplify my (our) life and own less. I think my behaviour as a consumer has changed already, but to step away further from consumerism I am going to try not to buy anything new when I need to replace something. Taking part in a wardrobe challenge will help me to stay away from buying clothes even if they are second hand. I don’t tend to buy much, but this challenge will minimize that even more and will push me closer to the overall aim to living with less. You may have heard of the expression “capsule wardrobe” and that minimalist tend to have a very small wardrobe. I am fascinated by the idea of owning less clothes. I don’t really like doing laundry and folding clothes is an especially  hard one for me.  I hope that with owning less I will have to maintain less too. I decided that I am going to take part in the challenge called Project 333, where you have a set of 33 …

The end of the first year of Zero Waste Living

As this is the last day of the year, I think it is appropriate to do a little bit of reflection on the year 2016 regarding our Zero Waste efforts. When we started we did not think that we would go hard core on Zero Waste, we just decided to do a ‘little bit’. But then we started seeing waste and plastic everywhere and searched for and found zero waste alternatives for almost everything. Researching zero waste produce and items in the beginning was time consuming. Now we know what we buy and where, it became our new routine and are new normal. Eg: not leaving the house without a cloth produce bag and shopping bag, in case I see something I want to buy, or pick up a bread roll on the go. I thought I would never use homemade deodorant or mouthwash; vinegar to clean the windows and mirrors. Now, I would not like to use the ones from a normal supermarket anymore. If we have to buy something ready made like dishwasher …

How we are doing…

The last few  weeks were very busy here between travelling, conferences and voluntary work, I just could not find the time to blog. If you follow me on Instagram you could probably see our adventures. I have some good news. I am very honoured to be invited to West Cork to give two talks at the end of November. It is fantastic to know that people want to hear how we reduce waste and aspire to live sustainably. Come along if you can… We have seen further reduction in the volume and weight of our landfill waste which is great. Feels good. This is our landfill waste of September: Cute jar isn’t it? It contains less than 100g of waste. I was very happy to find out that a local organic farmer started to sell his veg boxes in our town too, so I had to sign up. There is no delivery, you have to pick it up, but I don’t mind that, I organise my day according to that and do the rest of the …

Wardrobe simplified

I have been meaning to write a post about my wardrobe, or the content of it, and how I’m consciously trying to reduce the number of clothing items I own. I have been reading blog posts and books about living with less and simplifying for the last while. I realized that I too experience what they call “decision fatigue”. I wanted to change this. We started decluttering our house approximately 2 years ago and I have been through 3-4 bigger decluttering sessions, only in my wardrobe. It was crazy. And I don’t even consider having had a huge wardrobe. I know people who own a lot more clothes than I do. Now it is different. I think now I have enough pieces to wear an outfit on a normal day, and I have some occasion wear (very few). These are my hanging pieces. I still think this could be further reduced, but at the moment I am not going to. Almost half of these pieces are either maternity or a few sizes bigger than I am …

What a busy month

August was a crazy busy month. Really. A few people from the Zero Waste Ireland Facebook Group got together and we organised some events for the upcoming Zero Waste Week. You can check out the events listing here There are going to be informative talks, film screening and to kick the whole week off we will start with a coffee morning. It is going to be fun! We purchased a very nice, stainless steel bokashi bin and started to put things in it. This meant, that we could now unsubscribe from the waste collection services (another bill down!!) If you want to know more about bokashi bins and how to reduce food waste check out Stop Food Waste Website. It is full of great information. One more on the food waste front Olio was launched in Ireland too and now people can share their surplus food through the Olio app. I will be back with more info on this, but in the meantime you could download the app and see how it works. As it …

Plastic Free July …the weighing in

This is just a quick post to report on how much waste we produced in the month of July. I have weighed and counted all items. You might think I have too much time on my hand to sort and weigh all the rubbish  but my aim is to be able to look back and see how much we actually produce and also I am hoping to be able to host some talks on reduced waste- waste free living, so I need some numbers to show people what is possible. We had to buy a few new things in July so they came in some packaging. I hope that this is not going to be a regular occurrence. We bought a new lawn mower and a shelving unit for making a pantry. There are no pantries in these housing estate houses which is a shame, so we reserved a corner of the office to keep all our preserved food in a shelving unit (it has a door) I was searching online for weeks to see …

back after a break…long post

This blog has bee quiet since we came back from our holidays, but we did not give up on our zero waste efforts. There were lots of things happening in the background. Maybe that is the reason why I was away from the blog. However, I have kept documenting our zw journey on Instagram. So let’s see what we have been up to. Most of our activity is focused on our kitchen and food: growing, preserving making and eating. Our garden is a half a success. We managed to grow some peas, strawberries and the blueberries are just ripening now. We did not do so well with spinach, radish and carrots. Three of our herbs also got infected with rust (fungal stuff), so they need to be thrown out or burnt. Look at all the peas. So far I have put about 500g (without pods) in the freezer and there lots more on the plants. We also got invited to two friends’ houses and gardens to pick berries as they were unable to pick and …