What’s happened in the past week? I went to the Horsham Repair Cafe, and became a sharing newbie. This got me thinking about money, its place in my life and what life would look like without it. Well, a life with less really (not that it makes any difference to the taxman).
No more of this money stuff for me. Well, at least not as much. I want to really share.
At the Horsham Repair Café I met the inspiring Christine Sefton. Christine is Community Project Developer at the Eden Project. I was inspired by their ‘Share Fairs’ and the idea of community sharing.
In search of zero waste: 5 ways to make your wardrobe zero waste
Every time I go clothes shopping I find myself facing lots of choices – all the wrong ones. I only buy new clothes when I feel my wardrobe is genuinely short, like I don’t have enough business shirts to last the week. What I’d like to get is organic cotton, minimum. What I end up being offered is non-organic cotton, at best. Or a polyester/cotton mix. Or even pure polyester.
This is what clothing stores are saying to me:
“buy us, it’s cheaper, it’s novelty, think how big your wardrobe will be”
You might not realise it, but the whole world is transitioning to a zero-waste economy, when items like laptop computers will be made from responsibly managed parts and waste will be more or less eliminated. We’re not as far from that as people think. In future we probably won’t even own the laptops, just pay for using them. It’s all here in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website.
Meanwhile, laptops still contain many toxic ingredients including lead, cadmium, dioxins, furans, phthalates and brominated flame retardants. Many of these end up on one of the world’s e-waste mountains, like the e-waste centre of Agbogbloshie, Ghana, where electronic waste is burnt and disassembled with no safety or environmental considerations. Continue reading “Nine eco-friendly things you can do with your broken laptop”
My issue today is what to do about the plastic bottle our squash comes in. When the kids were young we used to make our own lemon squash from our lemon tree. Sadly we no longer live in NZ and we don’t have a lemon tree. Sue says I killed it, but I maintain to this day I only gave it a severe pruning. It must have died of some disease.
How sustainable is my life? #1
This is where I start looking at my own life and making those small but vital changes towards sustainability. Let’s see what effect a few small changes can make. I’m going to start with plastic waste.