Long time readers know that I was a big advocate of zero waste, with weekly Wednesday posts all being catalogued here. Most of my posts were when I lived alone, in the loft. It seems timely to let you know how the zero waste warrior is going after more than a year living with the BF.
Naturally, things have changed.
Firstly, I no longer go to the butcher to buy meat in my own container. We had such a large bill for groceries in our first month living together, there was no way I could swing the more expensive butcher’s prices. Plus, I didn’t have the normal local butcher who knew me anymore (unless I wanted to drive or walk further). So we shop at the big bag duopoly for under cost price meat. There’s one thing I’m ashamed to admit and that is: the price does matter.
What about coffee? Well I’m recently become more committed to ensuring my daily (sigh) coffee addiction in taking my own cup. Alas, the keep cup I bought for the BF was too big for the machines. And he’s not a remember-er, and I’m not a nagger. So today I bought us both coffees and they were both in take away cups. I diligently recycling the paper cup and the plastic lid after washing them. It’s a step in the right direction…
I continue to buy solid shampoo bars from Lush, but the BF uses a bottle of shampoo from the duopoly. The matching conditioner (apple flavour!) is more for my use. I have had no luck with bulk conditioners for the coop or Lush. And now my hair is longer I need conditioner 🙁
I continue to visit the food co-op, though much less regularly now that I don’t have one day off a fortnight. I buy nuts there, as well as vinegar. What else? Sometimes pasta. Chia seeds. I don’t buy their organic fruit and vege. They are ugly. And I’m that vain. And cheap – back to cheap!
I still have normal people recycling, plastic recycling that go back to the duoploy bins, and compost that goes into my neighbourhood bins. Gosh I am pleased for those, as my Bokashi composter spilt in my mother’s car and that ended their yard as the destination for organic matter.
I still weigh the bin bag when I take it out. It’s not always on a Wednesday, but it still happens in the cover of the early morning, so there’s no one to laugh at me 🙂 Actually, the BF thought I’d stopped weighing it – seems I’d just gone stealth.
The reality is – life got in the way. The fight isn’t worth it. Compromise is important. I still move trash from one bin to another under the sink, and I still take out ALL the various waste products. And I’m ok with that. I don’t want to let things end up in the wrong bin (by the way, pleased as punch that my building of 13 apartments, everyone puts in recycling in without plastic bags – a big win in my heart and soul!)
So there’s the update – how are you in your various zero waste efforts?