All posts tagged: waste free

have yourself a sustainable Christmas

As a minimalist amidst this now very commercial holiday called Christmas, your values get well and truly tested. Consumerism takes itself to the next level, offering isles of decorations and nick-nacks that ultimately end up as landfill. Over the years, my eyes have been opened to the harmful and polluting industry of Christmas decoration production. Workers in third-world countries creating endless spray painted santa boots, polystyrene stars covered in glitter, plastic baubles hung from plastic twine. Despite these stories, I don’t like to be the anti-consumer grinch that doesn’t get into to the spirit, so here is a way to be festive without creating waste. How to make a natural wreath: You will need: secateurs, natural twine, scissors and flora 1 / Collect your flora Using secateurs, collect some plant cuttings. Luckily I have a backyard where lots of my neighbours trees and shrubs grow over the fence from which I could collect some good cuttings. I also took a walk to find some trees and shrubs on the street. You can also visit a …

my week of food shopping packaging free

So this week, I decided to see if I could complete the challenge of shopping packaging free for one whole week! One week may seem like a small feat, but I was astonished at how much of our food consumption is wrapped in plastic, how easy it is to actually avoid it and discovered which industries are notorious for packaged produce. *A note before I begin. During this week, I considered glass, metal and paper to be ‘package free’ as these can be 100% recycled, reused or composted. And so we began.. Planning is Key. Convenience is a killer. I am a routine shopper. I set aside one day on the weekend to buy all of our food for the week. This works to my advantage as pre planning all my meals creates a comprehensive list of items that I will need to buy. Using this list, you can spot items that you know are packaged in plastic, and try and find alternatives to the produce itself, or find other places you can get it unpackaged. Without this pre planning, you’re more …