Archive for August, 2011

The Reuse mantra

Posted: August 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have thinking about what ‘reuse’ really means. In the spirit of re-organizing my life to become more waste free, I realized I was buying things new to help me in this mission. I bought storage jars etc. I realized this is just creating a new type of waste. I should really be going to garage sales or looking online to find used goods.

My nature has always been the find a solution and then implement quickly. Quickly being the key word. I am obsessed with efficiency and it seemed inefficient to me to go hunting around for a second hand item when I could pick it up at Target.

Being waste free is actually a way of life more than I realized. It is so utterly unglamorous and this takes some getting used to. In essence is it is about embracing living a simpler life. This means actually NOT buying things and thinking of creative ways to get around buying something. I now ask myself ‘can I make it?’ it usually leads me down an adventurous path of looking up recipes and creative ways to store things.

My inspiration to go more second hand/used has been mostly fed by my fantastic neighbors. They go to garage sales every weekend and do such a great job of re-use. They also have a great business selling kids clothing (a huge form of waste in my household though happy to say I have bought less than 5 new pieces of clothing for my daughter ever).

So I am turning this up a notch. Wish me luck in buying things second hand!

What items have you had luck sourcing used/second-hand?



Posted: August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

I haven’t been updating this blog. Clearly. However, it hardly speaks to the what I have been doing behind the scenes. This project has been the single most effective value system I have come up with for making everyday living decisions. It comes down to one simple question ‘Does this create waste?’ Thinking about this allows me to choose. It actually helps with narrowing down the immense choices we are confronted with on a day to day basis.

Anyways. I have a problem. I love convenience and this particularly applies to home delivered fruit and vegetables. We have been using I did a pros/cons of many online delivery stores and decided these guys provided organic meat, fantastic Barambah milk and dairy plus fruits & veges ofcourse. The only issue is their wasteful use of packaging for some of their products. After several emails, they now bring the produce in a cardboard box instead of a Styrofoam box. They do take it back which is good. They line all their boxes with large plastic bags which they say is a Food/Safety regulation. If I order any sort of meat/dairy, it comes surrounded in plastic bags filled with ice. The meat sits in Styrofoam trays covered in plastic, then more plastic bags.

I am at a loss. I can definitely reduce waste if I go to my local fruit and vege shop to get these items. Conveniently, they are next to a butcher too. However, I absolutely loathe going to the mall. I would prefer to go to a market but there is none particularly close by. My husband says ordering direct online means we are get the produce straight from market to door (effectively) saving on all the refrigeration and transport that goes into the produce in the local store. A supermarket would be much worse ofcourse.

Before I give up on, I think I will try a few other online options to see what their ‘waste’ policy is.

What would you do?