Hearing about Share Fairs I want to throw off my money clothes and run naked into a glorious new world. Here’s why

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.

Christine from the Eden Project (and me)

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10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash

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In search of zero waste … sports gear

Last week I looked at fashion, in particular my business shirts, and what was available in zero waste. This week I pick five zero-waste sportswear candidates.

I was shocked to discover how plastic-based fibres like polyester find their way into our oceans just by washing them. So I’m getting rid of my 100% polyester sports gear and I’m looking to replace it with something more sustainable. Continue reading “10 billion recycled water bottles and a heap of trash”

There usually isn’t an aisle marked “zero waste business shirts”

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”

This is what I want them to say:

“buy us, our clothes are zero waste and won’t hurt the Earth” Continue reading “There usually isn’t an aisle marked “zero waste business shirts””

Nine eco-friendly things you can do with your broken laptop

 

Steve Jobs www.recyclart.org

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”

The two most zero-waste smartphones you can buy

In Search Of Zero Waste

My mission: To find the zero waste economy

This week: Smartphones

guess which greenie?

There are two sorts of greenie: those who join co-operatives, buy all their produce at fair-trade markets and everything they own is bought second-hand, endlessly repaired or traded …

… and there’s people like me, who do some of that but still find themselves reaching for the Yellow Pages (now known as Google) and searching for “the right thing” to do. Which is zero waste. That’s what this series is about. Continue reading “The two most zero-waste smartphones you can buy”

Zero-Wasting my life #4 – I make my own lemon drink

Plastic-free organic lemon squash – the secret

our local friendly organic shop

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.

It’s one of those conflicts I don’t think will ever be resolved. Continue reading “Zero-Wasting my life #4 – I make my own lemon drink”

I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit

a few soaks and I’m on the scrap heap – what a life!

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.

The large plastic bottle in the image, left, is what my herbal bath soak came in. More plastic on the recycling heap? OK, it’s better than chucking it out but there must be a better way. Continue reading “I’m zero-wasting my life! Kicking the plastic bottle habit”