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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 …

Eco-friendly, reduced waste summer holiday

We wanted to go on holidays, somewhere hot and sunny. From Ireland Mallorca seemed a good choice, as it is not too far by plane and the weather is really really nice. We chose a place called Agroturismo Can Patro, which was perfectly quiet and hidden away from the busy touristy spots. This place is near to a town called Manacor, which is the second largest after the capital, Palma. (And of course many sceptics would tell me that flying is not eco friendly at all, and I do know that, but let’s be realistic we are not going to stay in Ireland all the time just because it’s not eco friendly.) What we really liked about Can Patro that there was no air-con in the apartment, nor there was towel changing and cleaning. It is fine to use the same towel for a week and I had no problem using a brush that was provided a few times while we were there. Can Patro is a working farm, we were able to go and …

Make your own and grow your own part 1

There are things in life that we all like/love but they don’t usually come without packaging or in recyclable packaging (but you know recycling is not the solution). One of these things is Nutella. There is a few problems with it: 1. full of sugar, 2. contains palm oil, 3. the packaging. So we decided to make our own. I found a great recipe from the Minimalist Baker. Then I needed to find hazelnuts in bulk or without packaging. That was a bit of a quest but finally I managed to get in touch with a company that sells nuts in bulk. They are called Nuts in Bulk. The owner of the business was kind enough to let me visit them at their business site and fill my jars with nuts. I bought a whole lot of hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, papaya, pistachios, and quinoa. Then I needed  a strong food processor. The one we had was at the end of it’s life and I was lucky to find some hidden money in a dvd case in …

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 …

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 …