I am now giving monthly ones a go. Any suggestions about where to go to from there? Can I get contacts that last longer?
|OXALIS - the wonder weed as it's very hard to get rid of.|
Its tiny bulbs break off when you pull it. I've learned to
embrace it. Tastes lemony.
|PUHA or Sow Thistle. Only eat the young leaves as the|
older ones can be bitter. Very good for you. Try turning
it into pesto.
|ONIONWEED - tastes exactly like its name.|
I use this a lot usually instead of chives.
|CHICKWEED - has a refreshing, slightly earthy taste. |
I use it insandwiches a lot. Makes a good pesto.
|I bought salt in bulk and used it as weed killer for areas|
that were hard to weed by hand, like between the cobble
stones on my driveway. It worked a treat and is of course
is not just plastic free, but chemical free, which is particularly
important when your garden revolves around food production.
|The previous owner of my house thought pitted linoleum|
was a good idea. Makes the floor a bugger to clean though
even with a scrubbing brush. I covered the floor in baking
soda (which is very cheap to buy in bulk) and added water
to make a paste, left it for a couple of hours then cleaned
it up. The result was a sparkling floor!
|I bike a lot lot - for commuting and for recreation. I ran out|
of lube and started using good old cooking oil. Works just
as well as the specialised stuff AND is free from the synthetic
additives they put in cycle lube.
|Xtreme Zero Waste, helped by Plastic Free July's|
Nabilla Zayan, conduct a waste audit of rubbish bins
on Raglan's main street.
|Several cafe and bakeries offer discounts for people|
who bring their own take away coffee cups.
|The Raglan Creative Market launch their 'Towards|
Zero Waste' initiative, offering crockery and cutlery
instead of plastic take away containers, discounts
for reusable coffee cups, and a waste stream that
|The Harbour View Hotel gets|
onboard even before July has started!
|Local businesses advertise|
|What an enormous impact we can have on our|
waste stream by eliminating plastic.
|Go Bamboo toothbrushes are now widely available in|
stores. Toothpicks can work well in lieu of dental floss,
and I make toothpaste by mixing up baking soda and
water with a few drops of peppermint oil.
|Metal razors are not difficult to source. Ask at|
your local barber or buy online at shavershop.
I buy my blades at my local dairy.
|I have trialled lots of plastic free shampoo.|
Lush produce by far the best hair washing
soap. They are expensive (about $15 a
bar) but they last a long time and they wash
my hair better than liquid shampoos.
|Deodorant is another product that can be hit and miss.|
The best I've found is an allum stone. It works well at
preventing body odour, but of course won't stop you
sweating as it's not an anti-perspirant. No natural product
will accomplish that.
|My local health food store makes a lot of their own|
natural products (but do package them in plastic). I
asked them to make me up some moisteriser and
simply provided them with a jar.
|Most supermarkets have mushroom|
bags. Use them for all your fruit and
veges, and even your bulk bin purchases.
|Always carry a tote bag with you. I made this|
one from a light weight pillow case, it folds
up very small and I can easily fit it into a hand
bag or back pack.It means that I can avoid getting
a plastic bag when I do unplanned shopping.
|Don't be afraid to ask. You will be surprised at how|
accommodating businesses can be (after all they want
your custom). My butcher always packages my orders
in paper. I only had to ask once or twice and they now
automatically do it for me without me reminding them.