Implementing Zero Waste. Month 1 summary

For a while now, I have been the recycling police in the house. And in everyone else’s house (my friends and family – I know I have been a pest).
It is because I believe that we need to leave this world a bit better, not full of waste.
In the last couple of months, I have been looking into options of low waste impact solutions. Ones that are manageable to implement in a 2adult-2children-2kitten household (we’ve expanded – we got twins!! kittens, I mean). And with both adults in full time employment and children within school schedules.
Now my husband is aware that we should be better to the world. He also likes his fizzy pop that only comes in plastic (on a regular shopping trip). And he is a fan of pretty packaging. It is still a journey.
On the other hand, I will think about the packaging and ingredients and plan our meals in advance etc. When I’m not too tired. Don’t get me wrong, I will easily fail every time I see a nutella jar. At least it’s a jar…
But I digress.. What worked in the last month?
I have made my own counter top cleaner! And instead of bath bombs, we did a toilet fizzy cleaner 😀 And sugar scrub – linking STEM activities into every day world, and having a bit of fun 🙂 Fore more details about each of them click on the links 🙂

Top Annoyance

Getting to find things to buy that fit zero waste lifestyle. I mean, how hard is for companies to use anything but plastic in their packaging??
On the highstreet where I live, there are 2 “health food” stores – you know the ones that have protein packs and nuts and dried fruit in bigger packs? Holland & Barret and Grape Tree are the ones I looked into. All in plastic. Nuts? Plastic. Dried fruit? Plastic. Oats? Plastic. I mean really, oats??? At least that could go in the paper packaging? (I wanted to get some in town so I don’t need to drive further for my usual large shop)
On that note – want to get some baking soda? Can’t find anything bigger than a 100g pack in town. And when I ordered one online – it came in a plastic bag?? (picture looked like it will be wrapped in paper – fail on that)

But things that worked:

(please note that I’ve included links to the things I’ve purchased – if you purchase anything afterwards I might earn few pennies)
1) more cloths in the kitchen means less paper towels are being used, mum happily obliged and made me a roll of unpaper towels – similar to ones found on etsy
2) my homemade citrus vinegar cleaner + cloth = less antibacterial wipes being used. I found large quantity of vinegar on amazon
3) kittens are using Pettex Pampuss Woodbase Cat Litter – with poo being able to flush down the loo and wee turning pellets into saw dust that goes on the compost pile/garden. It is a large 30 litre bag but it lasts us about a month and a bit
4) since starting to use it last year, I am continuing to get the Cheeky Panda bamboo toilet paper. Unfortunately it comes in a bag, that can be recycled with carrier bags. I’m still trying to find a suitable (both environmentally and financially) solution that comes without the cardboard roll in the middle and in paper packaging. I am currently waiting for who gives a crap to have their bigger pack back in stock so I can try that out.
5) for my hubby’s fizzy pop addiction during last shop in the local supermarket I found the glass packaging of Diet Coke such as these. I have kept the glass bottles as they are perfect one flower vases. win-win.
6) I’ve done dishwasher tablets! I was skeptical at first but they work like a charm! Very pleased with those!

As a general note:

  • I haven’t gone on a rampage to throw everything plastic out – but I do think twice before I bring anything in the house.
  • My trash (personal or family) doesn’t fit in a jar. Don’t think it ever will. But there will be less of it
  • I am far more in the mood to rant to the producers of everything – either in terms of kudos or suggestions or plain complaining. More of us should
  • It doesn’t take lots of time to do it – just few things at the time will make a difference.

What worked for you? Is there anything you would not do?