Day 11 – Zero Waste Living – Our Burning Question Reduce and Replace?

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The burning question

I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.

The first step in my family of four will be to start with the concept of zero waste. For those of you not familiar with the concept check out this Ted Talk with Bea Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUmo-40pqA . We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Day 11

We have been reducing in the kitchen several days now. We had ended up with many items of poor quality. We’ve even been using some kitchen utensils almost as single-use products. My plan now is to replace these with quality things. But can you reduce and replace at the same time? The discussion has been; should we first use these poor quality items as long as we can and then replace them or should we give them away and get a quality replacement right away. I must admit I’m tempted to replace them right away. But it seems like a bit of a greenwash of our home. Just sending the problem away to the next user.

I’ve been searching the web for quality comparison sites. What I would like to compare is the warranty from the manufacturers. If there are manufacturers who actually guarantee a really long life for the product and maybe even to mend it if something brakes.

I started with cooking pans. We have three; all of them of OK quality but they last maybe three years and then we need to replace them. When checking for quality to online I found that there are actually cooking pan makers aiming for lifetime quality. They have a 30-year warranty for their cooking pan. Assuming that they live up to their promises, that is exactly what I’m looking for! It was a manufacturer from Belgium, Demeyere. Maybe there are others but I didn’t find them. We’ve decided to use the ones we have as long as we can and reduce over time. This makes sense of cause but it doesn’t give that gratification as looking into a reduced kitchen cabinet and only see a few high-quality items! Perhaps we can reduce faster. We don’t have to throw everything away. I’ve got a very good recommendation from one of you that people actually want things you might consider trash yourself. It is always a good idea to try to give things away first.

The hard part about reducing and going through our home is to realize how thoughtless I have been for so long. How come I didn’t think of this earlier. How come I bought into the idea that the cooking pan needs to be replaced every three years?

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to see your comment on this blog!

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.

 

/Caroline

 

If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:

https://cateswedish.com/2019/05/07/today-i-start-my-journey-to-become-an-asset-to-this-planet-stop-destroying-it-come-join-me/

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