Living Zero Waste...with kids!
I get a few Emails about that Zero Waste with kids is impossible, or just too hard to get close to Zero Waste.
Since I don't have kids and not planning on having some, I can't answer those questions.
But I know a few women doing great in combining a low waste/zero waste lifestyle with kids.
So I thought I ask a Zero Waste Power Woman and Mother to write an article about it to share with all of the families out there..
Plastic Free July
My plastic free journey started 1.5 years ago.
While traveling through South East Asia 2016/2017 I became aware how huge the plastic pollution problem is. In May and June 2017 I already started to become more aware and used less plastic, but there have still been so much plastic around....
I read about "plastic free July" somewhere and this turned my boat around.
One month without using plastic. Is this actually possible?
I remember in July 2017 I have been to an event, and they had freebies (packaged nuts) and somebody said: just take it and eat it in August. And I said: but what if I just don't want to buy/use plastic after this July anymore?
And now it's been one year, without buying new plastic....
Zero Waste Summer: Picnic, BBQ, Festivals, Parties
In summer everybody is enjoying being outside, having picnics and BBQ's in the park or at the beach.
Have you noticed the huge amount of trash being left behind after such events?
Bins are mostly too small and don't have lids so birds or the wind can take the trash easily out of there. If the bin is too full humans leave the trash just beside. Some people sadly just leave the trash on the spot when they leave the place.
So let's talk about what you can do to make summer picnics, bbq's, outdoor birthday parties more classy than trashy:
Made the switch to a reusable water bottle yet?
In many countries we do have safe drinking water from tap, but many people still buy plastic bottled water. Why? I don´t know. I actually drank from tap and refilled my reusable water bottle from tap, long before I even heard about how bad plastic is. It was easy, cheaper, and tasty... Let's take a look at some plastic bottle facts and why we are better off by buying a reusable water bottle.
Bea Johnsons 5 R's of Zero Waste
If you are just about to start to reduce waste and live a more zero waste lifestyle it can get overwhelming in the beginning.
How to do it, where to start, how to take control over your consumption....
The "5 R´s of Zero Waste" from Bea Johnson (Zero Waste Home) makes it a little easier in the beginning.
4 steps to a succesful Bulk Shopping
You´ve never heard about a bulk store or a plastic free or zero waste shop?
These are shops where you can get your food and other things unpacked and plastic free and in bulk. You bring your own bags and containers, or they mostly offer paper bags for dry ingredients if you forget to bring your own.
I always reuse my paper bags when I needed to take some because I forgot to bring my own. (They offer paper bags if it's a real Zero Waste Store, normal Bulk Stores offer plastic bags mostly).
What is Zero Waste?
"Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages people to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate the trash that they send to disposal."
Zero Waste Backpacking in Mexico
Today I have another Guest Blogger on board. TheZeroWasteBackpacker!
Kat is originally from Australia and at the moment she's traveling Zero Waste in Mexico.
10 ways to be more zero waste on an island
If you don`t have a nice Zero Waste Store in your Area, or you are living on a budget, its still possible to shop plastic free. I do plastic free shopping in supermarkets regularly.
It´s all about finding alternatives and leaving all the plastic wrapped fresh produce on the shelf.
Plastic Free Shopping hacks for Supermarkets
Home made potato chips
You love chips/crisps?
But you are on a diet?
Or trying to live plastic free?
You can still eat chips, but home made. Its so yummy, and easy.
You just need
450g potatoes (bought in a reusable net or paper bag)
1 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper
chili flakes (or other dried herbs)
Wash the raw potatoes and slice them really thin with a veggie slicer (you can also make sweet potato, or root beet, carrot chips, but they might get a bit softer than potato chips).
In a bowl mix the slices with some olive oil and salt, herbs or chili flakes.
Heat the oven to 170degrees Celcius and layer the slices on a tray with baking paper or on a slightly oiled baking tray. Make sure that the chips are not laying on top of each other.
Bake them for about 30 minutes. Check a few times before if you might need to flip them, or with some old oven you might need to switch the tray because it might be hotter in the back of the oven.
Make sure they don´t get too dark or burnt.
Let them cool down a bit and enjoy.
(Make sure to eat them the day you make them. Fresh is best and crunchy. They might get softer the next day.)
Happy snacking, if you make some feel free to share and tag #thehappychoices
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Hi my name is Jule
I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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