A quest or two

Today in my work break I scoured the shelves out the back in the “Expired” pile of food. I put the veggies (and such goooood veggies) in my Bolsa bags and went on my merry rejoicing and singing loud Hosannas.

At the register I was told by the girl putting the groceries through had these bags. At my locker, the assistant manager told me that she also had these bags. Another co-worker asked me where I can buy these bags. It turns out that people are so interested in saving on packaging and plastic but they just need someone to start the conversation! I love this – but I hate it at the same time. If you’re interested in something, start the conversation yourself, most especially when it is bringing good into the world!

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Now I’m home and I’ve been preparing dinner for a couple of hours: homemade pasta, salmon, roasted veggies, creamy sauce. I know that I have a whole heap of spare time right now, so that is why I’m throwing myself into this whole Zero Waste thing: later, when I’m working more or maybe even back to study, I won’t have the time and I might lose some of my drive.

I really don’t want anyone to think that what I am doing is impossible. I do other things with my time and I recently went to a Zero Waste talk by the founding mother of the entire concept (when it comes to a Zero Waste personal life), Bea Johnson. She works full time but can contain her yearly waste in one jar. It’s amazing. I love it. I want to be like that. But right now I know it is going to take a while: to get rid of plastic bottles of shampoo alone it will take a few more months. But I’m not giving up or slackening (very much… sometimes I fall or stumble, but if I fail a little and improve, it’s more impressive, right?)

So, that’s just my little story on a few random things. Let me know about your own Zero Waste stories and happenings! I love to hear about it so much!

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Bees’ knees

Made a mess, but made something pretty too.

I did a project!

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On my way to reducing my waste to as little as possible, I have made some beeswax wraps! Unfortunately I can’t give you a great method to do this, as I have not had the best results, but I do have some pretty great advice:

  • Use baking paper. I was so close to not using any, but thank goodness I did: without it, I would have had a massive mess. As it is, the mess was only mediumish. More particulalry, use more than enough – it can be re-used, and saves a lot of time afterwards in cleaning wax off oven trays.
  • Use a pretty material. For one thing, it’s pretty. For another, it will interest other people to think of doing the same or purchasing some ready-made ones.
  • Cut some different shapes, and don’t worry about the whole inches and measuring thing – leftover food doesn’t come in uniform sizes, so food wraps don’t need to either!
  • I used a knife to cut chunks of the besswax from my hefty blocks, which was good because I didn’t damage my awesome Microplane grater, but nearly caused a significant injury way too close to my tummy-button. Be careful if you do this.
  • This website falls into my own hobby categorisation: fun, pretty, eco-friendly, cost-efficient – How To Make Your Own Reusable Food Wrap

I hope that that helps anyone out there who wants to have a go! And please, send me your advice too!