Day 44 – Get Motivated by More Knowledge!

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Find innovative solutions with the latest knowledge!

Day 44 – To Become an Asset to Our Planet

I believe we have all the answers we need today to live sustainable lives if we decide to. It is not easy or mainstream to do but it is possible. I think we would solve this very fast if we all had the latest knowledge about our issues, the solutions, and possibilities. Knowledge is one big motivator and the key to innovative ideas. Things are happening fast today and we cannot rely on what we learned decades ago. We need to get informed about all the new things people around the world are learning and doing. One way to get the latest knowledge is this great thing called MOOC, Massive Open Online Course.

In 2015 we all (all UN member nations) agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals to create a prosperous future for humanity. There have been so much work and research going on in all these 17 different areas since. EdX is giving free MOOCs created by well-known universities and professors about the SDGs. You can find them here; https://www.edx.org/school/sdgacademyx. Many of these are connected to environmental sustainability and the solutions we need going forward. I think they are very inspirational.

I’m going through MOOCs as one way of getting more information. This gives me a lot of determination! There are so many opinions out there that are really hard to tackle if you are not armed with the latest facts!

I don’t think we can ever get everybody to understand but we need to be unwavering when we are following our own hearts and minds. Facts give me that strength.

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

About the ”To Become an Asset to Our Planet” blog

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.

In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste and ban plastic, important things all of us can start with today. Now I’d like to know where to find good options for everyday life. Innovative companies that I can use as my new suppliers of the things we need as a family every day!

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 #edx

 

Day 42 – 10 Ways I Made This Day More Sustainable

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Make this day a little bit more sustainable!

 

Day 42 of Becoming an Asset to Our Planet 

Every day is a new chance to make sure supplies and natural resources will be maintained for our kids, for the future. There are so many small things to do every day to do a little bit better. In Environmental Science for Dummies there are tips on how to live more sustainable and today I will make an effort to do one extra thing to follow these.

  1. Reduce household energy use.

Today I will not use the drier for the laundry. I’ll use our outdoor laundry line. If I do the laundry in the morning everything will be dry by the evening anyway instead of trying to do it all in a few hours at night. Less stressful too, win-win!

  1. Eat locally.

This is not a hard one really but it takes some thinking. Since I do most of my shopping online, I get a little annoyed that I cannot select local goods easily. Today I bought eggs and strawberries from a local farmer.

  1. Dispose with disposables.

Disposables in the form of paper napkins is what I’ll tackle today. Now they are replaced by cloth at home. The cloth napkins I had for ages, they came from my grandmother. Feels great to start using them as they are supposed to be used.

  1. Plant seeds.

Some of the herbs we need for all year will be planted today and then put into the freezer. I’ve been thinking of this for so long but never got around to it.

  1. Recycle.

I’ve been to the recycle station this morning with paper, plastic, metal, and glass. I need to do this every other week. Even though I try to cut down on our packaging of foods this is what we still create. Less than before, but way too much.

  1. Resell and donate items.

The clothes too small for the kids were donated today to charity.

  1. Drink from the tap.
Elder flower lemonade

We only drink tap water. But when I was asked to bring soft drinks to a midsummer party next weekend I got a bit stuck. How could I do this without buying drinks? I found the perfect solution! I’ve made elderflower lemonade from our elderflower in the garden. Then we add tap water and ice to it when we get to the party.

  1. Save water.

We have water saving taps and toilets in our house. The thing we need to do is to adopt our garden to a drier climate. We have plants not tolerating the dry summers we have now. We need to have other plants that can thrive without us watering so much. Today I’ll start the change in our garden.

  1. Rely less on your car.

This is a tricky one. We do not live as convenient as we could have. We need to use the car for the kids’ activities and to get to our jobs. Today I have at least replaned my meetings to reduce a little bit of driving.

  1. Purchase fair-trade products.

I haven’t considered fair-trade as something working particularly for the environment. When seeing this tip I read a little bit more about the fair-trade marking we have here in Sweden. Environmental concern is one part of their requirements. Today I chose coffee after the Fairtrade mark. Turns out we’ve been buying fair-trade coffee for some time without thinking about it. Great!

It is so easy to get caught up in everything we are not doing. I think it is important to feel great about the efforts we have done today! This turned out to be a great day even if my family doesn’t have those solar panels I’d like to have yet!

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

About the ”To Become an Asset to Our Planet” blog

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.

In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste and ban plastic, important things all of us can start with today. Now I’d like to know where to find good options for everyday life. Innovative companies that I can use as my new suppliers of the things we need as a family every day!

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 #fairtrade

 

Day 39 – To Become an Asset to Our Planet – Sharepack Making Take Away Cleaner

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Waste free take away, is that even possible?

Day 39

Take away seems like something I need to avoid if I don’t want to produce a lot of waste. It is the packaging of food I’m thinking of. All these plastic and paper boxes needed to keep the food fresh or simply to transport it. Hardcore zero waste spokespeople encourage me to bring my own containers and ask the restaurants to use them. That’s a good solution, but I might not always bring my boxes with me. Sometimes I also would like to buy prepacked meals. I might more often bring my own containers if I had to pay extra for them. The same goes for plastic cutlery. This worked quite fast with plastic bags for many of us.

One key to sustainable living

Sharepack in the Netherlands has a great solution to this. It is a concept of boxes being returned, cleaned, and reused in a number of restaurants. To make this concept really efficient many take away restaurants need to be part of the system. The idea from Sharepack is to build customer loyalty by rewarding the clients every time they return their packs. The customer gets vouchers to use with any other restaurant part of the Sharepack system. It’s easy to see this in the form of an app. In the app you would keep all your vouchers and easily find the nearest restaurant part of the Sharepack system. It could be so easy! To make this kind of smart solutions our new normal fast one of two things need to happen;

  1. We all decided that keeping the waste down is a priority, or

2. New policy makes it the only legal/economically sound option.

If Sharepack connects with the inspired solution of Karma, I wrote about in my last post, there would be true benefits. You save food and you do it without creating additional waste! I hope these two solutions find each other and make a joint concept out of it!

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

About the ”To Become an Asset to Our Planet” blog

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.

In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste and ban plastic, important things all of us can start with today. Now I’d like to know where to find good options for everyday life. Innovative companies that I can use as my new suppliers of the things we need as a family every day!

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 #zerowasteeurope #sharepack

 

Day 38 – To Become an Asset to Our Planet – Karma Cheap Take Away

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Reduce food waste from restaurants

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.

In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste and ban plastic, important things all of us can start with today. Now I’d like to know where to find good options for everyday life. Innovative companies that I can use as my new suppliers of the things we need as a family every day!

 

Day 38

Food is an everyday concern for us all. Nutritious, affordable, and hopefully delicious meals for us to enjoy. We found a new solution to use that also decrease the food waste issue of our society. My husband found Karma (www.karma.life) a few months ago and this is a concept that really works for my family! The idea is that lunch restaurants, bakeries and so forth connect to the Karma app where they sell their leftovers by the end of the day. You can subscribe to restaurants near you or on your way from work. Usually, by 15.00 they post what meals they sell that day, you buy online and pick them up on your way home! They are much cheaper than normal, usually half the price.

A win-win-win situation for the restaurant, for us consumers, and for our environment, reducing food waste!

Pick up your meal on your way home

I think this is so great. You take an existing business, a restaurant, and an existing product of theirs, overproduction of food, and create a new income stream! Making an attractive product of former waste is an elegant solution! According to their website they have so far saved 350 000 kg of food from being wasted and hence 525 000 kg of carbon dioxide submissions since they started in November 2016. Currently Karma is available in Sweden and UK (London area), and starting up in Paris.

Take away often means a lot of additional waste with all the packaging needed. There is no option to bring your own containers when you order via Karma since they package your meal as soon as you pay for it, but there seems to be an interesting solution for this brewing in the Netherlands! I’ll be writing about that in my next blogpost!

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 #banplastic #cateswedish #oneplanetfuture #karmareducefoodwaste

 

Day 35 – To Become an Asset to Our Planet – Houdini Rental

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Houdini Rental an interesting concept

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.

In my family, we’ve done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I will become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste and ban plastic, important things all of us can start with today. Now I’d like to know where to find good options for everyday life. Innovative companies that I can use as my new suppliers!

Day 35

I’ve decided to move towards zero waste in my home and ban plastic from my life and I need to find new suppliers for all kinds of products for my family. First I’d like to find companies that show ambitions and ability to execute. Where can I most easily find my sustainable options in Europe?

I found Zero Waste Europe (https://zerowasteeurope.eu/ ) a non-profit organization partly funded by the EU. They had a map of ambitious companies. You can find the map here: https://zerowasteeurope.eu/zero-waste-in-business/

Sadly there were very few companies on there and none at all in my country Sweden. Ok, so this is no solution for us right now. For the moment I’ll have to search for solutions one product at a time.

Right now we are looking for outdoor clothes for our hiking and biking activities this summer. Of cause, there is the option of second hand. But there are other interesting new solutions too. I came across the Swedish brand, Houdini. This is a small brand making sportswear. I’ve chosen it before and since the product I bought had a remarkable high quality I checked them out again and they are truly innovative! Check out their sustainability work here https://houdinisportswear.com/en-se/sustainability. They are going far to become 100% recyclable. Houdini is also trying out a new business model.

Clothes on rental and subscription!

This is so interesting. Is this even possible with sportswear? Why isn’t this an option we have thought about? Would I consider using this offer? Right now I own all my clothes. When I tested the idea out on some people they were a bit skeptical but definitely interested. They seemed to be more interested in renting than buying second hand. Interesting, I wonder why. Rental is not waste free. There is waste connected to the shipping of these products, I get that. But those could be made as small as possible and are probably a much better solution than producing a new set of clothes for all clients. Then we have the interesting fact that this motivates the producer to create a very high-quality product, their profitability depends on it, not only their reputation.

Are we ready to be this innovative as consumers 2019?

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 #zerowasteeurope #houdinisportswear

 

Day 32 – Ban Plastic – Birthdays

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Does the perfect birthday party require plastic?

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.

In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste a journey we continue. Now we’ve moved on to the ban plastic movement.

Day 32

This weekend we are celebrating my kid’s birthday. I fell into the trap of seeing fun solutions for his party involving plastic toys. My husband woke me up and questioned why we would need to buy these things. My urge to do the best party I possibly could for my kid blinded me shortly. Of cause, we don’t need that. We will have a great party anyway. We don’t need to buy any plastic things for this. Why do I give myself license to make these bad choices especially when I do it for somebody else?  Even though my kids usually are the very reason for keeping these important questions alive with me all the time. Very strange.

My kid’s wishing list is mostly digital, new games and apps. Few and high-end stuff, like really good smartphones and headphones, are on the top of my kids wishing lists usually but not this year. I hope this is a positive trend, to only wish for a few physical things.

There are so many plastics and waste intense traditions to break when it comes to birthdays, as gift wrappings, cake candles, balloons and so forth. I need to create new traditions just as festive!

Beth Terry’s TED talk from 2010 is so interesting since so many things have changed and yet so little. There are so many alternatives everywhere and still, we do not use them.

My next quest to write about on this blog is to look into interesting options. To find the companies that show ambitions in the area’s of zero waste and to ban plastic. Where can I most easily find my sustainable options in Europe?

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 #breakfreefromplastic #ibanplastic #aplasticplanet #bethterry

Day 28 – Ban Plastic – Solutions Are Everywhere!

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Use your power and don't accept any plastic items

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.

In my family we done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog. I think we have all the solutions we need available right in front of us. I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste a journey we continue. Now we’ve moved on to the ban plastic movement.

 

Day 28

 

There are so many movements everywhere to support plastic free ambitions! When I made my choice not to support plastic producing companies anymore I started to see them everywhere. This is really encouraging!

The movement A Plastic Planet (check out their website www.aplasticplanet.com) advocates that plastic free companies would enjoy tax reductions. Another economic incentive potentially even bigger is that we all vote for them with our money. One way of making this easier is their “plastic free aisle” where supermarkets show us customers how we easily can find plastic free solutions in the store today.

This is quote from www.aplasticplanet.com;

“In February 2018 we are proud to partner with Ekoplaza in Amsterdam to launch our first viable, scalable and, of course, highly convenient Plastic Free Aisle. Carrying the A Plastic Planet Plastic Free trustmark, this aisle will be an evolving example to all supermarkets and industry to show how a plastic-free future can look. Ekoplaza have over 80 supermarkets and have worked tirelessly to show the world how we can all change – not in 25 years, not even in 5 years but NOW.”

This is just great and something that could make it so much easier for us consumers. In this specific case they have made the choice to accept plastic made from compostable materials. The rub is that even that plastic is not biodegradable in the ocean. The ideal plastic free aisle would not contain any plastic, only glass, paper and metal containers and of cause the product would be completely plastic free too.

There is a need for easily finding the products I need without any plastic. To be able to select plastic free in the web shops and only get their choice of goods completely plastic free. Is there any such companies you know about?

There are so many ambitions out there, but I’d like to find companies that left their ambitions behind and moved on to action and accomplishment!

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 #breakfreefromplastic #ibanplastic #aplasticplanet

 

Day 25 – Ban Plastic –It’s All Up To Our Everyday Choices

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It is up to our everyday choices

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.

In my family, we have done small alterations over the years but nothing drastic. This all changed when I started this blog.  I started using the solutions and concepts available to create a lifestyle where my family and I become an asset to this planet. We started out with the great concept of zero waste a journey we continue. Now I’m looking at the interesting ban plastic movement.

Day 25

I gave us a challenge not to buy any plastic one week ago in my blog. This turned out to be very hard and didn’t work well at all. We are so wrapped in plastic in most everyday items we buy. Both our kitchen and our bathroom are filled with plastic containers. There are new ways of making plastic-like material that is actually biodegradable but right now fossil-fuel derived plastic is almost everywhere.

When I look closer at the issues around plastic it is hard to understand that it is legal to sell these containers. I believed that recycling of plastic was an answer, but plastic is not really recyclable. Some containers cannot be recycled at all and the rest can only be recycled 1-2 times. Then in the best case, it’s made into something like fleece, which cannot be recycled in any way. Our discarded fleece sweaters will end up in a landfill or get burned. Then we have the issue of plastic waste being shipped around the world for some countries to buy themselves free from their own waste. If it wasn’t so sad I would laugh about humans not understanding that we all live on the same planet!

This is such a visible issue and still, we continue to buy and threw away more plastic waste than ever.

Down to solutions!

Down to solutions! There are things we can do already today. There are many great sites about this. On myplasticfreelife.com you have 100 suggestions on how to reduce the plastic our own plastic use drastically today! I’m sorry to say that some of those great suggestions don’t work in Sweden where I live yet. That has to change, and to ask for it is the first step.

We do some things already in my family. We never buy bottled water, but I’m happy to say that most people never do this in Sweden, at least not for using the water at home. We have limited our use of plastic bags using reusable shopping bags. What I’ve been trying last week is to find alternatives to foods we generally buy, alternatives without plastic wrapping. I’ve not been very successful. I need to try harder and in some areas, I think we need to change our diet. One of my sons is gluten intolerant and special foods like that is really hard to find without plastic wrappings.

When looking at the commercials all around us it is amazing how companies show their plastic products with pride! Selling eco products in plastic containers! I hope this will change fast. I hope this will be a strange thing when we look back on our time in years to come!

What I will change next:

  • Not buy any drinks sold in plastic containers, only choose paper, glass or metal containers.
  • Look closer into the market of hygiene products that come in paper, glass or metal bottles and jars. The amount of plastic in our bathroom is just too much.
  • Find alternatives for cleaning and laundry products we use.
  • Not buy chewing gum containing plastic (most of them do, but from what I heard there are other kinds available)

What could you change right now?

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 #breakfreefromplastic #ibanplastic

 

Day 23 – Zero Waste Living – Easy Choices But a Long Journey

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Easy choices but a long journey

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 23

Now we’ve been through all five zero waste steps once, and thus started our journey. Do they really add up to zero?

Refuse + Reduce + Reuse + Recycle + Rot = Zero Waste

For us, this is far from true. We have a long way to go to get there. But even those small steps on the way have been very satisfying! The best part about this journey is that when I changed my perspective on what I choose to spend our money and time on it is quite easy to make better choices. When I’m not on autopilot anymore I start to realize that the things put in front of me are not what I’m looking for. To take a close look at the things we buy and either eliminate them from our shopping list or make a better choice is quite easily done. Also, the conscious choice to only buy a few things, and only things built to last, is an easy change to make. To stop looking for bargains and cheap alternatives, and save the same amount of money by buying much less instead. To only buy things built to last forever, they might have to be repaired from time to time but they last. This means that we need to encourage those producers who dare to change their business model from mass production to small series where maintenance is a part of the equation.

But still, this doesn’t get us to zero waste. Even the hardcore zero wasters show us those little jars of waste they have left. They also make sure they don’t end up at the end of life of anything. If you buy second-hand anything from shoes to cars one day they will reach their final user. Nothing in our society today is built to last forever. Most things are built to get thrown away when the first weak part of the construction breaks.

We have a long way left to zero waste living in my family

Our zero waste journey doesn’t end here it is only the beginning for my family and I. Next in the coming posts on this blog I’ll look closer at another movement to become an asset to this planet. This is a close relative to zero waste, the ban plastic movement. Can this really be done?

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 #banplastic

Day 21 – Zero Waste Living – ROT

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To be a part of the natural cycle of creating soil is the best end of our waste

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 21

My family and I moved on to the last step on our first part of our zero waste journey number 5; rot. This means that everything that we did not refuse to bring into our home, the things we still need to buy after reducing our buying frenzy, and things we cannot reuse or recycle those we should be able to compost. I love to be able to return our waste to the natural cycle of composting. The dream for me would be that all of our waste would be easily biodegradable. That we only used things we either reuse or could rot.

Where I live they gather most organic waste and make biofuel from it. This makes it very easy to get rid of things as food scraps and potato peels. The truck picking up our organic waste is fueled by biofuel, a real win-win! A little bit like the car in the movie Back to the Future! We can even put paper kitchen towels and teabags in there.

Still there are things left that could not be recycled or sent to rot. For us those things include chewing gum, wooden ice cream sticks, candles, wine corks, and all of those small broken things like toys. Light bulbs used to worry me. I didn’t know where to through these away. Now they collect used bulbs in a few stores in Sweden. Still not very convenient but better than nothing. We have a lot of stuff still and a very long journey ahead not to own anything that couldn’t be either recycled or sent to rot. But now we know what we are aiming for!

We have discovered after these first weeks that the aim for zero waste for us is more about not supporting the huge machinery creating all this stuff; wrappings, boxes, useless cheap crap, in short all these things we really don’t need. To throw away as little as possible is an acknowledgement for us that we have not bought the wrong things. To continue with the reduce work at home will make it even easier for us to keep this up.

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 #rot

 

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