Brief Update: Life Changes but still Waste Free

Life has been busy and full of changes in the past few weeks, but I am still trying my hardest to be waste free.

This week saw me starting a new job, from one government organisation to another. I am still city bound, and still catching the train with an extra 10 minute walk. I am also still bringing my own lunches, keep cup and utensils- and good thing I have, the staff cafeteria is laden with plastic cutlery and single use coffee cups! I have also started taking a mason jar of Kombucha as an afternoon pick me up, although this morning it leaked all through my bag as I was running for the train… Good thing I have an assortment of cloth bags (old bandanas) I made, which double as emergency napkins!

Meanwhile, the BF is in the USA no doubt living the life of needless plastic! He did say he would try his hardest and I realise that will be hard- he’s staying in hotels in America after all. For me back home this has seen an interesting shift in my cooking habits. I have hardly been cooking as I can’t eat everything I make! So it’s been lots of leftovers & eggs- they are great quick 1 person meals. Also the rubbish bin is very empty as the Contact Lens Culprit is away! This month I have only purchased a few plastic items- a bag of corn chips, a 1 kg block of cheese (I am working my way through) and 2 bottles of milk (for soft cheese & yogurt).

I have had a massive overhaul of my wardrobe (basically this has never stopped and has been on-going for the past few months) and am patiently waiting for my friends to all be free at the same time so we can have a clothes swap party. I have been hitting the op shops for some “new” work clothes, as I now no longer wear a uniform. I am being very strict on the clothes I buy and keep, they have to be super comfortable and fit perfectly. As a result my wardrobe looks fantastic and I have about 20 empty clothes hangers now, which I will be giving away. Unfortunately they are mostly all plastic, so I will slowly work on getting some metal/wooden ones.

I have also slowly been working my way through my beauty products, which despite giving away a massive bag full (duty free sized bag!) I still have way more than I use. My beauty routine is very basic- powder & mascara most days, lipstick and eyebrow pencil if I can be bothered/feel like it. I am aiming to make my own of what I can when I run out of a product. I will do a proper update of my beauty products in a few months once I am underway with making my own.

I am trying my hardest to keep up my efforts, today I was craving feta cheese but I couldn’t bring myself to buy any as it was all plastic wrapped. Another success at the supermarket today was that I finally found plastic free pasta! It’s the Barilla Pipe Rigate which comes in a cardboard box, and was the only pasta (sans lasange squares) that didn’t have a plastic window, even the Barilla Penne Rigate had a plastic window! Looks like Barilla will be getting an email…

That’s all for now, the BF comes home tomorrow so I shall see how he got on in the USA. In the meantime I am going to keep up my efforts and continue to slowly weird out my new co-workers as the No Plastic, No Rubbish, No Meat, Mason Jar girl!


  1. emilys blog   •  

    Don't forget to mention that the BF is in the USA restoring thousands of plastic stadium seats -saving them from landfill and replacement for years to come.

  2. Jill Gibson   •  

    Wow, what a great effort and example you are. Good on you for making a difference and sharing so that more of us think more about the impact of plastic on our environment. I'm afraid it's hard for us oldies who are pretty ingrained in our existing habits but at least you are getting us thinking about our choices.

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