Week 3 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 3 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the 4 weeks of July.

If you missed Part 1 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here

If you missed Part 2 of this series you can catch up on changes 6-10 here

This past week I have continued to watch our rubbish bags to see what is going into them and taking note of any changes that we can make. We have come a long way, but we are still on a journey and we can still make improvements to help steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

Here is what we have been working on during this 3rd week of July…

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This week I’ve added to my growing collection of homemade cloths – thanks Mum. xx

Aside from that I think I’m developing a slight obsession with gorgeous homemade cloths, in doing so, I won’t need to purchase any in plastic or cleaning wipes in plastic packaging either.

There are many talented local people with small businesses you could support, who make similar products. Miss Lily have 100% cotton ones that can be composted at the end of their life. Earthsavvy have cute crocheted ones that can also be composted. Have a look in your local area at markets or jump online and search – there are so many talented people trying to make a difference to our planet, to support.

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Week 2 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 2 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the next 4 weeks. If you missed Part 1 of this series you can catch up on changes 1-5 here

We are just a regular family seeking to be intentional with our decision making and trying to do the best we can, as we can. We have always tried to live life a little more simply, but in certain areas, we can make improvements and steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

This past week I have continued to  watch our rubbish bags to see what is going into them and taking note of any changes that we can make.

Here is what we have been working on during this 2nd week of July…

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I now purchase my cooking oil in my own glass jars, as opposed to in plastic bottles. I think I will be more conscious of how much I use at a time since as well. I have opted to use a jar and will need to spoon it out so I should use considerably less. Another easy switch to ditch the plastic!

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Week 1 Diary – ‘Plastic Free July’ – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, here is Part 1 of a 4 Part series in which our family makes some changes…

So July 2019 is upon us – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, our family is focusing on 5 changes per week, for the next 4 weeks, as alternatives to single-use plastics.

We are just a regular family seeking to be intentional with our decision making and trying to do the best we can, as we can. We have always tried to live life a little more simply, but in certain areas, we can make improvements and steer our family in a positive direction to have healthier consequences for our planet.

I have been consciously watching our rubbish bags and seeing what fills them the most. It is from this, that I am becoming more aware of the changes that we can make. Every household is likely to have variations of this, so it has been helpful for us to do this exercise in our planning for ‘Plastic Free July’.

So for Week 1 of ‘Plastic Free July’, here are our 5 main changes for us to focus on…

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When Disposable Is Not Really Disposable – Chasing Crusoe.

In support of July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’, let’s explore some single-use plastic alternatives…

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So it has become apparent that disposable, is not really disposable… Convenient perhaps, but not disposable. Although modern innovations have helped us move forward on so many levels, simple back-to-basic living has been overlooked, put aside for the most part, and now our planet is suffering.

Approaching fast is July 2019 – ‘Plastic Free July’ – a worldwide movement initiated to help rally a cleaner, greener world by encouraging us to turn down single-use plastics for the entire month of July. This would hopefully encourage more of an awareness, from which these habits could be adopted for a lifetime.

Everybody is on a journey and it’s all about doing the best that we can, as we can. Becoming plastic free or even waste free completely, is not something that would happen overnight. But becoming more aware and making baby steps, can help us all move in this direction. It’s this accumulation of like-minded people doing their best, that can work to improve our dire environmental state.

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Stalks, Stems & Skins – Chasing Crusoe.

Stalks, stems and skins – embracing fruit and vegetables in their entirety in an attempt to help reduce the global food waste epidemic.

Food waste is a colossal worldwide problem. Globally, millions of tonnes of food waste enters landfills every year, resulting in detrimental effects to our environment. According to data from Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand, New Zealanders alone contribute 150,000 tonnes annually to this growing worldwide problem.

It appears that the problems we are facing globally, are overwhelming and that perhaps, our own personal every day decisions could not even come close to having a positive effect or even making a slight difference.

But one simple way in which we could make a start is in our homes…to utilise the parts of vegetables and fruits that we tend to discard. Even if you couldn’t manage to achieve all of this, try beginning with one or two changes and it may not be merely bearable, but also surprisingly pleasant!

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The Worm Composting Farm – Chasing Crusoe.

Having a worm composting farm is not just fun but beneficial. On the home front, it simply provides a straightforward way to get rid of excess food scraps from your household. On a larger global scale, you are making a contribution to help reduce the detrimental environmental effects from the millions of tonnes of food waste entering our landfills worldwide each year.

In the process, worms are producing incredible nutrient dense fertiliser in the form of vermiculture (worm castings or worm manure) and a liquid byproduct (for worm tea) for your plants and soil.

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