All posts tagged: zero waste home

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 …

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 …

Sorting out the rubbish

I haven’t been here for a while, but now that little M is asleep, I try and write up a quick post on how we are doing. The amount of rubbish we produce has significantly decreased. So much that I decided to rearrange our bins under the sink. Before we had three: one for recyclables, one refuse waste and one compost. This has changed into a new layout like this below: The small white container is for refuse waste. Unfortunately there are pieces of plastic, receipts and stickers that you cannot avoid, so they all go in this bin. I got into the habit to refuse a receipt at the till but it’s not always possible. Then we have one container for paper and cardboard. At the moment I put some recyclable plastic in it too, but I expect these to reduce to a very minimum. There’s one container for glass and another one for tetra-pack. We buy milk in tetra-pack, so that goes in there. I did this arrangement to line up with our …

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 …