So, I was delighted to find out that yes there is a week dedicated to Zero Waste and it started yesterday 2nd of September and runs to 8th of September. Making a world of Zero waste deserves a week all to itself and if every house hold took part can you imagine the impact this would have??
As I am compiling my findings from my own Waste Free Home I am uncovering a few essentials that are needed within the home to really make it work:
- You have got to really WANT to save as much of your Trash from Landfill
- Your home needs to be organised with a well run kitchen – this really helps reduce food waste
- Your home recycling centre needs to be like that in an IKEA catalog – supper functional and organised – this makes it easy for the whole family to join in. I know that not everyone wants to do this so making it super easy is key.
Recipes – having a few easy and useful recipes that can be whipped up in a jiffy to salvage spoiled or left over foods are great. My top recipe that is fool-proof and tastes great as bread or muffins is Rachel Allen’s Banana Bread – HERE is the recipe. I always add an extra banana if I need to use them up – and I don’t fuss about the orange id I don’t have one handy.
I am realising that going old school in the kitchen and in the home really works. Even investing in Victorian style cleaning equipment and giving more elbow grease saves on chemical cleaning products that are just nasty. I found a store in Monkstown, Co. Dublin that sell a large selection of natural cleaning brushes – The Blue Door. The Downton Abbey style kitchen is one that should be emulated and shaped into the modern world – personally I would LOVE a Downton Abbey kitchen or even a house for that matter…..
If you want to find out more about the Zero Waste Week check out the website HERE.
After watching the film Trashed starring Jeremy Irons – I first felt a mixture of emotions such as rage, sadness and a huge drive to follow out my dreams of making a difference in the world. The idea for A Waste Free Home became more apparent. Sorting out my own trash problem, and my families trash problem out in my own home. Reverting items that were usually sent to landfill because I have no where else to send them – partly because I too have relied on the convenience of paying someone to magically make my trash problem disappear – the term “throwing things OUT” comes to mind.
People need to take account for their own trash problem and governments need to step up and start following San Fransisco’s zero waste model. In San Francisco it is a federal offence not to adhere to the 0 waste model and sort out your trash, even if you are visiting the city!
My Waste Free Home will be a home where I have NO Trash Bin going to Landfill or Recycling bin that costs me money. I will sort all of my own recycling and deposit for FREE at my local recycling facility. I will also have to really get to know the products and produce that I can buy that will allow me to recycle EVERY part of the packaging. This will probably be the most difficult part as we all know packaging is confusing and sometimes excessive and I have no idea how some companies get away with producing a product that majority of the time is worth LESS than the packaging. I also am not alone in my home I have a hungry (not so green) husband and a three year old (going to be very green) little girl, both of whom love items already that come in not so recyclable packaging that I will need to find a way to either 1) Hand Back the Packaging when I purchase it or 2) Find a replacement product that comes in recyclable packaging…..!
I am lucky to be able to get great green companies to support my endeavours such as Great Green Systems who have kindly donated a Green Johanna and Original Organics who donated a Pet Poo Loo Wormery . I am now all set to deal with the waste that I was usually sending to landfill – with two dogs and a daily poo to clean from each I used to send them to landfill in biodegradable bags. And the only other items to go into my trash bin was food waste and some packaging that couldn’t be recycled.
I will be dedicating a section of my home to a recycling depot. My local authority recycling centre will receive my recycling waste on a weekly basis. I will also be visiting my local authority recycling centres around the country and documenting my findings, bringing you as much information as possible to help you make informative decisions about YOUR waste.
I am not saying this will be easy – it would if I lived on my own, but I have to coax the whole family into my way of thinking. I my mind my way of thinking is the correct way in terms of the environment and how we can do our bit. I am putting it down as a family carbon offset – if we work hard all year on My Waste Free Home we can cash in on our family holiday!! Not only the money we save on our bins but also the CO2 saved on the following:
1) Landfill not only the physical space the waste would have occupied but also the environmental lechet and other nasties that would follow.
2) Transport from the waste truck pick up at our home going all around the city back and forth and the machinery at the landfill needed to burry and dig – big diesel guzzlers!! Lots of CO2 saved here.
3) The purchase of bought Compost – No need to purchase this as I will be making my own very excellent two varieties of compost. One from the pet poo (perfect for the non edible plants) and one from the Hot Composter (perfect for the veggies).
4) I will be cutting back completely on items that are packaged in non recycling packaging and emailing the company to tell them so! This can only be good for the environment and not so good for the company – named and shamed also!!
My motto is to ‘make it cool to care about the environment’ and I also hope to drive you all to make simple, manageable, informative steps to change towards living as Environmentally Responsible as possible.
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LESS is most definitely MORE……..
What does this mean – let me tell you. Waste is a relatively new term and problem born from a massive surge in consumption and the production of man-made products that nature just cannot deal with. Nature does not produce waste we do! Our increasing, detrimental, over consumption, need, and want of Stuff & Things. In my opinion landfills and other ways of dealing with waste is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode and cause unknown environmental problems. Does anyone really care what happens to the contents of their weekly trash? Where does it go when we throw it OUT, where is OUT?
Ask some one over 60 what they did with their waste?
They more than likely did not have much waste for a number of reasons mostly because they were not living in an era of massive consumption. They did not have corporations and companies paying megga bucks to market products and drive consumer spending even if the consumer didn’t really need the product. Services such as tailors, shoe makers, seamstress were the norm. The quality of products was greater as the material was made by hand and was made to last. They didn’t over spend in super markets as they bought daily what they needed in the local community or had home grown veg and hens maybe?
If their shoe needed a mend they did not toss them OUT they got them mended. These days we can replace a shoe cheaper than mending it. Consumers have driven this trend and in turn created a monster in Waste. We all need to scale back and try to think that Less is More. The ironic thing is we are all better off with Less.
Mentally, Financially and Environmentally LESS is MORE.
Stay tumed for little ways to change your daily routine and embrace the LESS is MORE Movement
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