Day 18 – Zero Waste Living – Zero Plastic One Week Challenge!

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Recycling an area that creates hope!

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 18

Today I’ve been looking into the area of recycling, this is really interesting and giving much hope! We have changed so fast in Sweden from landfill, as most of the world still do, to recycle or burn 99% of all waste (www.avfallsverige.se). For instance, 2017 more car tires were recycled than new ones were sold in Sweden (www.naturvardsverket.se)! There are now methods to recycle or destroy even very destructive substances as arsenic. But still, it comes down to that we all gather our waste and make sure it does not leak into our waterways and poison the soil.

Use your buying power to promote products that can be easily recycled

Most importantly we need to make sure we don’t buy these things in the first place. Sometimes I think we buy everything that is for sale and think that if it is allowed to sell it cannot be that bad. This is not true and deep down we all know this. We can easily make more informed responsible choices and don’t buy these things. We have power in every purchase we make and we need to use that power not to support the creation of hazardous stuff.

In Sweden, we can leave paper packaging, newspapers, soft plastic wrappings, metal, glass and batteries to recycling.  We also have a system of returning plastic drinking bottles and cans and get the small extra sum you paid for the packaging back. Since you leave your plastic wrappings at the same place as your glass and paper it is easy to think that they also are a part of the cycle now. It is important to remember that paper and glass can be recycled to a much higher degree than plastic and also to remember how much plastic actually ends up as fragments in our environment. If you look closely you can find fragments of plastic everywhere in lakes forests and gardens. We can stop this and chose paper and glass containers right now!

My challenge to myself is to see how much I can reduce plastic in every choice I make the coming week. How much less plastic can you use?

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:

 

Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!

 

#zerowaste #cateswedish #oneplanetfuture #recycle

Day 16 – Zero Waste Living – Reuse

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I didn't expect to feel this much better so soon!

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 16

Today we are moving on to the third step of zero waste living. After working with reducing in our bathroom and kitchen and several discussions in my family in more than 2 weeks we move on. Reduce will be something we continue to do over time. We will continue to reduce the number of items we have, in most categories. This has more to do with searching for an easier and happier way of living than reducing our waste. We are also trying to stop buying things on autopilot. After the first two steps refuse and reduce we will bring fewer items into our homes and lives. We will be much more selective about what to get when we need things. I am so happy with the transformation of only these two steps in my life.

I feel that my appreciation of what we already have is so much greater and the urge to buy new things has started to diminish. The quality of my life has already increased, I didn’t expect that so soon!

The next step is to reuse. To only use things that you can reuse and then if they break they can be properly recycled, like glass jars, metal water bottles, etc. Some changes we will try out are to start to use cloth napkins in the kitchen, stop using plastic wrapping, and small plastic bags to store food. These are easy changes, as we realized when we stopped using plastic bags from the shop a couple of years ago. The change wasn’t so hard. It is simply a new habit, to always have your foldable small shopping bag available.

Reusable and recyclable solutions.

This is also an area where I feel we had got it right not so long ago and lost it. I remember that my grandmother always brought a used plastic bag to the store when we were grocery shopping. I was so embarrassed and whispered to her that the bags in the store were free, she didn’t need to bring her own. She simply answered me; I don’t need a new one free or not. Exactly! Still, as a child, I didn’t get it. I was more worried about not doing like everybody else!

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to seeing 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:

 

Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!

 

#zerowaste #cateswedish #oneplanetfuture #reduce #demeyere

Day 14 – Zero Waste Living – Do You Have an “Airbnb-Clean” Kitchen?

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Is your kitchen airbnb-clean?

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 14

We are still on zero waste living step 2, reduce. We are still in the kitchen. We have gone through drawers and selected what we need to stay. We have also decided to replace many things with high-quality alternatives to make sure we do not have to replace them again – ever. But there are still too many things.

Not what I call airbnb-clean

To have a beautiful kitchen with just right amount of stuff is the dream of many. But where are your level of just right? I like to easily get an overview and also to know that I have the expert tools I need to work easily and with joy in my kitchen.

During vacation when we rented a dream cottage on an island in Sweden I experienced what I came to refer to as “airbnb-clean”.

It was a beautiful spot in a nature reserve and on the inside, the dream continued for me, especially in the kitchen. It was not your ordinary rental home adequately but cheaply equipped. No this was done with taste, heart, and efficiency in mind. There were beautiful things, just as many as we needed in a house of this size. Everything arranged so we could easily reach it and use it. There were expert tools too, exactly those that you would need for a luxury vacation, when you have time to cook nice dinners and enjoy long breakfasts. Ever since I’ve had it in the back of my mind that I would like to have a kitchen like that at home. But just to try to reduce as we have done has not created that effect.

Yes, this is more like it!

Today I’ll try another method to reach that effect. I’ll create the perfect cupboard with the things I would like to have there and remove everything else. Since many of the things I need to remove are things I value or treasure for some reason I will not be able to get rid of it right away, but maybe I’ll be able to if I put them in a “transition” box for a while? Why can it be so hard to part from things you know you will not actually miss?

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:

 

Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!

 

#zerowaste #cateswedish #oneplanetfuture #reduce

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/

#zerowaste #cateswedish #oneplanetfuture #reduce #demeyere

Day 8 – Zero Waste Living – Reduce In the Kitchen

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Next place to reduce is our kitchen!

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 8

The next step in my journey to become an asset to this planet is to reduce in the kitchen. This will take us some time. We start with household utensils and tableware. We have so many things from various categories.

  • Very nice china and glasses inherited from our two families or given to us as wedding gifts. My family collected china pieces for a coffee set for me as a child believing that, as for generations before me, that would be useful in my home to come. But the world has changed and so has the taste for shapes and sizes of coffee cups!
  • Rarely used special items like vases, crayfish knives, ice-cream makers, cake decorating sets,
  • Many other inherited kitchen items from parents and grandparents.
  • Various cookware and too many large spoons, spatulas, etc.
  • Plastic containers, lids, various kind of wrappings etc.

It is really interesting that the opportunity to buy a lot has devalued the value of every single item. This is a well-known fact in economics that the marginal utility decrease as you consume more. You get less and less satisfaction form more and more of the same. Yet we are encouraged to buy more, 3 for the price of 2 and so forth. We know that more is not necessarily better, don’t we? How come we fall for this?

The inherited items we have are either really useful and of extremely high quality or delicate and very little used items safeguarded by all previous owners. These are things treasured for many years, still working.

On the other hand, since I live in the land of IKEA, cheaply produced kitchenware are everywhere. What we really need is a few things of very high quality, which we really use and appreciate. Things that we might use for the rest of our lives.

Still we buy things because they are cheap and are happily trapped into buying more of them than we need because we know that the crappy things they sell will break soon anyway. In this way, my family ends up with the wrong things, spending time and money where it does not create any value in our lives, and using our planet’s limited resources for no good. I call that a lose-lose-lose situation! But the only business model that seems to be that of mass production, quantity.

A spatula for a lifetime!

I would like to compare quality instead of prices. The Total Cost of Ownership as we look at in our corporate functions from time to time. If I would like only to buy one spatula in my life and that would last me a lifetime where could I find that one? Our next step is to look at quality and what we really need in our kitchen. Where do we find things we can cherish, repair and that will last?

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I looking forward to seeing 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 here you find all blogposts on this journey:

https://cateswedish.com/

 

#zerowaste #cateswedish #oneplanetfuture #reduce

Day 7 – Zero Waste Living – The first step of Reducing

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First step in reducing - bathroom

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 for us will be starting 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 7

As I told you in my last post we start our reducing journey in our bathroom cabinets. Unfortunately, we discovered that though it was very nice to have tidy bathroom cabinets we actually use most of our stuff. We didn’t eliminate much on this first round.

Bathroom cabinets before reducing

Reduced bathroom cabinets! 

But now we can see what we actually use, and see candidates for elimination. We have decided to use the things we have and when we need a replacement actually think twice if we could make a smarter choice what to replace the products with. Often this is done on autopilot not actually considering the options. I think that our insecurities about our looks make us especially vulnerable to buying totally unnecessary products if there is even a slight chance they make us more attractive! A few things are really effective and the trick is to find these quality products and don’t waste time, space or money on other stuff.

The journey to go through our home and life and reduce the things we don’t need seems like a monumental project right now. But the process of actually thinking through what we do and why is very liberating! I believe that this is actually the way to take control of our lives. The stuff and the habits connected to buying, owning, and throwing away and to earn more money to do it again owns you after a while. I’m starting to grasp that we are on a journey to actually get back in charge of our lives!

But we humans are social beings and for many of us to change behavior we need to do it as a group. The strange thing is that we so willingly bought into this idea of perpetual growth and mass consumption leading to threatening our very existence, and still not doing anything to stop it. Only a generation or two back we understood scarcity and the need for moderate living. How could this knowledge disappear so fast?

Both to explain this incomprehensible behavior and to look at the possible solutions I think my favorite Economist Kate Raworth explains it so well.

Here you have more animations explaining the doughnut economy model and the boundaries we as humans need to understand to live a thriving life on our planet.

It’s Time for Economics to Get Animated!

The next step in my journey to become an asset to this planet is to reduce in the kitchen. This very physical work of going through our material things sparks interesting questions and discussions. I’ll tell you how this went tomorrow.

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I’m looking forward to 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:

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Day 4  – Zero Waste Living – Why reducing?

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Why reducing the stuff in our lives?

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 for us will be starting with the concept of zero waste. For those of you not familiar with the concept check out this Ted Talk with Bea Johnson. We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

Day 4

Today we take on Reducing. We had that family meeting I told you about in yesterday’s blogpost, about how to approach this. Many questions came up; what is the goal of reducing? What are we supposed to reduce? How could we begin reducing? We concluded that it is about reducing what we do need. Asking the question; what do we really need? That all of us need to reduce our waste generating behavior is obvious. The plastic in our oceans is just one very visible reason, and yes we are all responsible for this. There are people doing something about this, creating hope. Like 4ocean with two surfers starting up a large company today cleaning up the beaches in over 27 countries or the large Ocean Clean Up project trying to tackle the vast plastic islands created in our oceans.

But to make this worthwhile we need to stop putting plastic out there. So back to my family and our reducing discussions. The efficient minimalist in me see the advantage of going down to basic with stuff in our house. But I must admit that looking at Bea Johnson’s minimalistic home she showed in her TED talk did not look that homely to me. But I like the idea of an uncluttered home and lifestyle. To reduce the need for picking up and putting back things. Things that create stress in so many ways; put them away, taking care of them, knowing that we should use them since we have them, etc.

Reducing for us is a daunting task since we have a large house, a large garage and a lot of storage space. Our kitchen is packed with utensils and nice to have kitchen appliances. What do we really need to live a more purposeful life? I think that it is easier to buy more stuff when you already have too many. When you don’t have an overview of your possessions. Here we come into the domain of another favorite of mine Marie Kondo. Maybe some of her KonMari principles would be useful when we move into the Reduce phase.

Our first step will be to really test what things we do need. Today we will start with our bathroom. I’ve removed all stuff we had there and we will only put back things as we use them. You’ll see the result in a few days.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I’m looking forward to seeing your comment on this blog!

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.

/Caroline

#konmari #zerowaste #cateswedish #4ocean #oceancleanup

Day 3 – Zero Waste Living – Weekly shopping

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To shop without access packaging is not easy in regular stores.

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 for us will be starting 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 3

Yesterday I did our weekly shopping, we shop online and pick up the groceries on our way home from work. Yesterday we shopped at Willys as we usually do. This will not work

It’s hard to find options without plastic and with less waste

anymore. I have to find some other place to shop. My plan was to avoid plastic wrapping when possible, there was very few goods where I actually had that choice. Olive oil and cider were two goods where I could choose glass bottles instead of plastic. I also wanted to buy large quantity when possible to avoid a multitude of containers, this was not possible either in most cases. I also realized that the information about the containers was not available online. There was no information about how the containers should be recycled or what they were made of. There is no way to avoid an overload of waste when shopping this way. This is really sad since it would be so easy for the store to be more interested in these things and make an effort to help their customers reduce waste, and reduce waste themselves.  I understand the value of good packaging to keep the food fresh and prolong the life of the foods. We will need sensible containers. But we need to think about how this can be done sustainably without this access of material used today and especially materials that are not decomposable like plastic.

I realize more than ever that I need help from other people who are trying to do the same thing. I found some Facebook groups yesterday that I’ve joined to find more information.

Global groups
  • Zero Waste Home – started by Bea Johnson
  • Begin the Journey 2 Zero-Waste

Swedish groups

  • Zero Waste Sweden
  • Zero Waste Sverige
  • Zero waste Sverige

Local Stockholm groups

  • Zero Waste Stockholm

This is a good start to get more information. I’ll try out these communities and see if there is any activity. The Zero Waste Home community had many useful tips. But I think the local connections will be most important for us right now. We need to find out where to shop our essentials.

Today we will move on to the second R, Reduce in my family. Right now I don’t know where to start! There is a risk that if we take a too broad approach we will never follow through! I’ll try to create a realistic plan with my family tonight and let you know tomorrow.

The 5 steps of zero waste living according to Bea Johnson.

  1. Refuse, is about refusing to take giveaways, flyers, freebies like pens, etc. into your hands and home. But also to products, we don’t need like single-use plastic cups, bottles, bags, etc.
  2. Reduce, is about decluttering and identify the items you really need.
  3. Reuse, swap everything that is for single use to a thing that can be reused. Also to buy secondhand the things you use.
  4. Recycle less with waste prevention. Avoid anything plastic. Glass, metal, wood, and paper can be used instead.
  5. Rot, use your own compost to create new soil for your garden.

I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I looking forward to seeing 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:

Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!

Day 2 – Zero Waste Living – Refuse

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What future will you be a part of creating?

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.

I’m on day two of changing the direction for me and my family. We will do small things every day to turn our lifestyle around. Please join us and get inspired to live a life where you become an asset to this planet!

The first step for us will be starting 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.

Last night my family had a discussion around refuse.

  • How can we reduce the amount of stuff we bring into our lives that we do not really want?
  • What kind of stuff are be talking about? Handouts, freebees, gifts, presents, wrappings, bags, boxes, jars, mugs, bottles and more?
  • What can we do to make sure we do not get any of these?
  • Can we especially make sure not to get anything plastic?
Do we really want these?

We discussed the importance of not accepting handouts we do not really want. My two kids pointed out that saying no is not hard since you very seldom want things you didn’t ask for in the first place. That actually goes for other gifts too. Most things the kids wish for are digital but they get physical staff!

We also had a long discussion around plastic and how to avoid all these plastic wrappings, cups, bottles etc those are everywhere and fill up our recycle space every week. We agreed on a first step where we will bring our own bottles and cups when possible and also select to buy things in containers made of glass, metal, paper and wood. I’ll see how that goes when I’m doing my weekly shopping today.

I must admit that I find it hard to really believe that we can live zero waste and still have a good life. This comes down to what a good life means and maybe I’ll change my definition as our journey continues or maybe I’ll find that it was not so hard after all. Right now I suspect that Stockholm is rather behind in this area I hope I’m wrong. I think I’m most worried about the hygiene articles and how to replace them with zero waste alternatives. I’m not a person who enjoys DIY soaps and other stuff I really hope to find other solutions to this.

Don’t bring home what you do not need

Tomorrow I’ll tell you how my first weekly shopping went with zero waste focus. I’ll also try to find communities on Facebook around zero waste, I will need to find other dedicated spirits to solve this one!

I hope we meet again tomorrow. I’m looking forward to hear your view on this!

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.

/Caroline

Read about the first day of my journey here https://cateswedish.com/2019/05/07/today-i-start-my-journey-to-become-an-asset-to-this-planet-stop-destroying-it-come-join-me/

Today I start my journey to become an asset to this planet, stop destroying it. Come join me!

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First day to become an asset to planet earth
Are you a part of the solution och the problem?

Day 1 – 7 May 2019

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 action and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.

Today I change the direction for me and my family if you want to join me I’ll be happy to support you in your new lifestyle! We can and will do small things every day to turn our lifestyles around.

I’m a 45 year old mother of two boys,10 and 11 years, living in Stockholm Sweden with my husband. We have a dog, a nice house and two cars. We recycle and have recently changed our diet to include very little meat. My husband is positive but not passionate about changing our lifestyle, my kids are more enthusiastic and are already much less interested in staff than their parents!

The first step for us will be starting 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. She also have a website on https://zerowastehome.com/. I think this is a way to become conscious about what is really important in the life of my family and where we can create more space for ourselves. This will not be easy since my husband loves his stuff and to find new stuff online.

My first action today is to look at the important steps for zero waste pointed out by Bea Johnson. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

  1. Refuse, is about refusing to take giveaways, flyers, freebees like pens etc. into your hands and home. But also to products we don’t need like single use plastic cups, bottles, bags etc.
  2. Reduce, is about decluttering and identify the items you really need.
  3. Reuse, swap everything that is for single use to thing that can be reused. Also to buy secondhand the things you use.
  4. Recycle less with waste prevention. Avoid anything plastic. Glass, metal, wood and paper can be used instead.
  5. Rot, use your own compost to create new soil for your garden.

Today I start with number 1. Refuse will be a discussion in my family over dinner today. How can we make sure we do not grab things handed out we don’t really want or need? I also think we can use our own water bottles and coffee mugs it only takes some getting used to. We will have this discussion tonight and I will show you the result tomorrow. The discussion will be around these topics.

We are responsible for our waste
  • How can we reduce the amount of stuff we bring into our lives that we do not really want?
  • What kind of stuff are be talking about? Handouts, freebees, gifts, presents, wrappings, bags, boxes, jars, mugs, bottles and more?
  • What can we do to make sure we do not get any of these?
  • Can we especially make sure not to get anything plastic?

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

Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.

/Caroline

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