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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 …

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, grow your own – part 2

Hi everyone, I am back with part two of this mini series (sounds serious 🙂 ). I am not a great gardener. I don’t know much about growing veg and fruits, but I decided that I would educate myself on this topic and give this a go. So I went to the local library a few times and gathered some books on growing vegetables, fruits and herbs. It took a few trials by the time I found a book that suited me and the way I needed information.  I chose this book and kept renewing my loan till I decided it was time to own the book. I could not find it second hand, so I ordered a new one. It is called: The organic Vegetable Gardener by Yvonne Cuthbertson. And then we had a plan of how we want to organise our little garden to fit all of the plants we wanted to grow. The approach I wanted to take is to grow fruit and veg that doesn’t come without packaging. Here’s a list …

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 …