Monday, 17 February 2014

Plastic free jems

The wonderful, multi-purpose glass jar.
I use them all the time, most often for
transporting food. This picture shows how
I freeze food using them. The newspaper
prevents the risk of breakage from the
low temperatures. Make sure you leave
the lid off during the initial freezing period
to allow for expansion of the contents. 
I thought I'd share a few great plastic-free discoveries in my 7 months of non-plasticness.
This was my grandad's razor (I have a
feeling he might have taken it to war with
him, so it's pretty special). I can buy blades
at my local dairy.
These are old sports socks that have no elasticity left in
them. I use them as panty liners. They are the perfect
shape and size.
I have a fantastic assortment of different sized tins
that can be found in Indian supermarkets for a very
reasonable price. They are perfect for freezing food,
leftovers, lunches. I've also found a great array of tins

in the local thrift shops (though these aren't often great
for storing wet food).

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Non-Plastic Maori

In the new year another eco-warrior entered the battle against plastic. Tina Ngata is also going a year without buying plastic. Check out her blog.

And she is awesome; eloquent and smart with some great ammunition for the doubters out there. Have a read of what she has to say:

I recently had this discussion with an older, conservative man and honestly... YAWN. I cannot believe people still try to play this ridiculous circular argument card. It's like saying "unless you give up speaking English you cannot demand Maori language rights".

Look here - the VAST majority of everything you have around you, and on you, at the moment, will be fossil fuel based or sourced. Your mode of transport, the clothes you wear, the utensils you cook with, the toilet you sit on, the device you are reading this on. I, for instance, could not post on here if it were not for petroleum based plastic products.

SO BASICALLY - they're saying that, in order for me to have a say - I need to go live in a cave with no transport (where nobody will hear my say). Convenient huh.

Bollocks. I have had no say in how our economy has developed and the choices made available to me - I can make choices about my own expenditure but if I REALLY want to effect change and demand alternatives FOR our society then I need to be a member OF society and for now, because of historically biased economic choices, that means consuming fossil-fuel based products. If I want to use my voice to demand better processes, fairer economies, sustainable alternatives... then I will damn well do that so that I CAN use fossil fuel free alternatives to push my case further - without having to go and live in a cave.

Of course... there's the shorter answer - which is - I'll use my voice however the hell I want, when I want, where I want.

And then there's the even shorter answer, which is only two words. 

Exactly! What more can be said? Kia ora Tina

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

6 months in and going strong

I'm now starting my seventh month of non-plastic purchasing. Here's is a pretty unarguable testimony for avoiding buying plastic. This is the amount of land-fill I have produced since I stopped buying it. Not quite waste free, but very darn close!
This is stuff I've either had to buy or have had given to me.
The pile of paper is receipts - yes, thermal print receipts have
plastic in them.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Plastic free Christmas

Christmas has come early to me this year, so thought I'd share a couple of great ideas:
I received these fantastic fabric present wraps as a gift from
 The Rubbish Whisperer. What a great idea for reducing waste at
a time of the year when when we collectively produce the most.

This is my present to myself, a bumble bee nesting box.
They are hand made and come with nesting material for a very reasonable price.
See Creative Woodcraft NZ for these and other bug friendly homes that
are very beneficial for the garden.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Plastic free gardening mark 2

What I couldn't grow from seed, I got local heritage
plant propagators to wrap seedlings in newspaper
for me. They could then reuse the plastic containers
for the next generation of seedlings.

Bee heaven

My lovely wine barrels, which will collect
grey water for the garden

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Speaking out

I recently had my second stint of public speaking on my year at a local forum; Green Drinks as part of Sustainable September events in Raglan. It went much better than my first, and I enjoyed it so much I hope I have another chance to get the message out on plastic and avoiding it.
I think the thing that had the most effect on people was my final party trick - the bag of rubbish (landfill) that I had produced over the three months of being plastic free. It had about 4 items in it!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Plastic free gardening

My cloche, filled with a variety of seeds waiting to
germinate. Egg cartons make great nurseries, and
the trays underneath are kept with 5mm of water in
them to ensure the soil doesn't dry out.
This has been the biggest challenge so far. Most gardening items are housed in plastic, from seeds and seedlings to compost and tools. I always have a big vege garden on the go over summer, but have always bought seedlings. This year I am having to learn to grow everything from seed, and am fortunate enough to be able to source heritage seeds (in paper envelopes!) from my local environment centre.
My old horrible plastic compost bin, which I inherited
from the previous owner (all those toxins leaching into
the beautiful compost! Ugh).
My new look plastic free compost, with everything
but the chicken wire sourced from materials around
the house and section (and hopefully rat proof!)
I have a bush and marsh area on my property that
needed to have some gaps filled. Taupo Native shipped
my plants to me plastic free, wrapping the bases in
newspapers instead of plastic containers. The plants
are in great condition and come at an excellent price.