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We have friends coming over for dinner = olives from the deli counter πŸ˜‹ Brought our own jars. The helpful lady behind the counter didn't bat an eyelid, even weighed the full jars and kept the stickers separate rather than stick them on the glass (and have me spend hours scrubbing them back off when the jars are empty). She also commented on how nice the olives looked in the jars. (Not that I care what they look like, but if it inspires her to ditch the plastic and use glass​ jars next time, all the better.πŸ˜€) We also got some top-up veggies here. I made a little Insta story of the store if you’d like to see more πŸ‘€

Time for chickpea soaking again.πŸ•› I don't buy tinned chickpeas for many reasons: I don't want the added salt and sugar, I don't like the BPA plastic linings, I don't like the waste generally🚯(tins are single use) and they are soooo simple to DIY that there is absolutely no need to buy tins! πŸ˜€ I buy loose Australian grown chickpeas, they cost about $3.50-$5 a kilo. I soak for 48 + hours, changing the water every 8 hours or so (I add the water to my compost or garden 🌱). They will triple in size. I soak until I see white bubbles / scum forming - then I know they are ready to go πŸ˜€ I pop on the stove in a pan and boil for an hour. (I don't have a pressure cooker so I use my biggest saucepan.) No need to stand over it while it boils! Then I drain, cool and freeze what I won't use in the next few days. I freeze in regular glass jars without liquid. 1 tin of chickpeas is about 240 g so 1kg dried chickpeas will make the equivalent of 12 tins. I also save the cooked chickpea liquid (aquafaba) for baking - it is a β€œfree” egg replacement that is great for cakes etc πŸŽ‚. (If you have no idea what aquafaba is you will find the post I wrote on my website helpful!)

I post my shopping from the bulk store, veg box deliveries and pickings from the veggie patch fairly often πŸ‘€, and people always ask: but what do you do with the things?! 😜 Great question! I love to talk about food *almost* as much as I like to eat it πŸ΄πŸ˜‹ So I've created a little mini-series up on my website. It's a bit of a food diary, but doesn't follow a particular week of meals - rather it is the kinds of things we typically eat. This week is mealtimes, next week is snacks. If you’d like to read part 1 it is up on my website now (link in the profile). Any questions, ask away!

The zero waste and plastic-free lifestyles are not about absolutes. They are about recognizing where we can do betterβœ…, and doing what we canπŸ‘. Let's face it, none of us are perfectly waste-free, living in caves, collecting rainwaterβ˜”, growing all our own food πŸŒ½πŸ…and weaving our own clothesπŸ‘•. (Plus we're all on social media - and those phones and laptops we're using aren't plastic-free or zero waste.😜) We are just trying to do the best we can, in our own circumstances. There's always somewhere to improve and work on and do a little better - that's the journey! 😊 So don't be disheartened if you're just starting out, and can see all this room for improvement. Awareness is the first step! πŸ˜€And let's not get complacent if we are a little further down the track.πŸ‘£The thing I love πŸ’š about the zero waste lifestyle is that it is something everyone can aspire to. Let's support and encourage one another - after all, if every single person could reduce their waste by even 10%, that's a far bigger impact that a few people fitting their waste in a mason jar. We are in this together and every single action counts! πŸ‘Š

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5-6:30pm at @the_corner_palm (1/16 Brigantine st, Byron Bay). If you've ever wanted to be part of the solution, come along to our Street Team training and volunteer with @plasticfreebyron 🌴
We'll be providing everything you need to become part of our team and help us make Byron Shire plastic bag free!
Save a turtle, make some friends, and make a real positive difference. (Photo: by an amazing human who never uses plastic bags @nicolemclachlanphotography).
Tag any friends who you think would be interested 😊✌️
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The best friends are the ones who give you free seedlings! A friend brought me some of their cherry tomatoes to try the other day and told me I could come over and grab some seedlings. After a tour of the garden and a cup of gunpowder green tea, I went home with a whole tray of seedlings! I got basil (globe, lemon and purple), chilli's and cherry tomatoes. The garden was made completely out of up-cycled waste (notice the seedlings in red bull and tuna cans). It might be one of the best places I've ever seen. I'll be doing a feature on it in the coming weeks so you can see too!

When I went plastic-free, I could not bring myself to buy a marker pen/sharpie to label my jars, because I didn't want the waste.🚯 I didn't want to buy blackboard paint either (ditto). I didn't even want to buy some paper washi tape to use as labels. I figured, most things are obvious (oats are oats, for example) and for the things that are not, I'll just remember.πŸ’­ So I didn't label my jars. For 5 years.😬😏 Sadly, my husband didn't embrace this with the same enthusiasm. "Is this turmeric?" "No, it's ground cloves." "Is this baking soda?" "No, it's dessicated coconut." Okay okay, so maybe he wasn't that bad, but he has no sense of smell, so he really can't tell the difference between cumin and ground coriander and cinnamon. Anyways, after 5 years, he finally had enough of not knowing what anything was - and purchased a greaseproof pencil!✏ The lead part is made of wax, and the outer is paper that is rolled around it. It's not that easy to write with, and too much handling wipes the label clean off, but it is extremely useful for white flours, which are the hardest thing to tell apart. And mixing up self-raising flour with bicarb or potato flour would be disastrous!😱 I've just added a new "white flour" to my collection - coconut milk powder, which is now (as of last week) stocked by my lovely local bulk store @thesourcevicpark. I've tried making coconut milk using shredded and / or dessicated coconut with mixed success - and it's a messy process. I've used this powder a couple of times, in a curry and in smoothies, just by adding a couple of tablespoons. It's also dairy free, which might seem obvious but I have come across coconut milk powder before that contains dairy milk powder, so it's worth mentioning. Rather glad I've got the pencil, as a smoothie made with 3 tablespoons of bicarb would not have been nearly as enjoyable!πŸ˜†

πŸŒπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸš― Attention UK /London peeps - have you seen the new @bulkmarketuk pop up store in Dalston (London)? Of course I haven't been there - I'm in Australia! - but I sent my Londoner sister for a snoop πŸ‘€ She was most obliging and sent me video evidence πŸ˜‰ More on my Insta Stories now πŸŽ₯πŸ‘†
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πŸ“· Photo credit: @elainemiles_art

The unglamorous side of zero waste and plastic free living... Dirty dishes!🍡🍴 Going plastic-free and then zero waste means we cook more from scratch and that means more dishes. (Not that this means spending hours in front of the stove...we tend to cook simple meals that don't take too much time.) We store both ingredients and leftovers in reusable containers too, so that creates dishes also. Sometimes it feels like we are always washing dishes, but I suspect that has something to do with the fact we are always eating πŸ˜‹I've just got used to it now. We don't have a bin to empty or recycling to sort, so we save time there. There are worse things to be doing. Washing up is a necessary chore, so might as well embrace it πŸ’š

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Today I sold my old laptop which could not be fixed anymore. It still had some OK components that can be used as spare parts to other notebooks of this kind. A guy who bought it, told me he was going to take the display as a spare part. I don't know if he is going to use other components as well or he will just throw away the rest of the computer. But still, it's better to sell and give an item the second life other than keep it broken and not used at home, or throwing it to the landfill all together.

I decided to create a special section in my Instagram where I show you #plastic_things_i_need and explain why I still need them. Ok, so these are 2 small plastic bottles and I keep them in my house. The reason be: my boyfriend is not a plastic-free person and he doesn't mind drinking or eating from plastic. Technically the bottles are mine, I used them earlier as my water bottles, but now I use them to give my boyfriend some beverage to work, like juice/soda/cola etc. He doesn't work at an office so he doesn't have an opportunity to use glass bottle (because he would break it immediately) or metallic bottle (because it is heavy). So we still opt for these bad guys. I don't think I should be judged for that because we reuse the bottles as much as we can, and then we will get them recycled. But up to now things will be like this. πŸ’¦πŸ’™

Thank you Marquette Food co-op for not distributing plastic Straws for coffee stir sticks!!! #strawless #plasticstrawssuck #StrawlessSeptember #Marquette #PlasticFreeLifestyle

My plant is sick πŸ˜ͺit has mold on its leafs, presumably due to high humidity. I decided to spritz it with DIY all natural solution which consists of milk, water and a lot of salt. The sault is supposed to dehydrate the mold and the milk acts here like glue and allows salt to stick to the leafs' surface. I hope my plant won't die 😁 any other recipes to cure ma baby? Please help! 🌺

Apple sauce anyone? I made a batch with some of the lovely fresh picked apples. Stored in some of my recycled jars. Going to put some aside for BB's breakfasts but it's also lovely mixed in with porridge or yoghurt. And as a side with pork of course.
Did you know that you can also use apple sauce as a substitute for eggs in baking! Never tried it but that's what the internet tells me. What are you guys doing with your harvest glut?
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What do you do when you can't get something in bulk? When I started my zero waste journey I was living in a capital city - I could take reusable bottles to a bottle shop and get beer, wine and vodka in bulk! Now I live in a very remote town where bulk isn't really ever an option. It's times like this you have to either make your own or make an informed decision. Zero waste isn't just about bulk and package free goods, it's just doing the best you can. This brings me back to my beer. Even though WA marks glass as recyclable, there aren't any recycling facilities that recycle it. The broken glass is just left in stockpiles as it costs more to recycle glass than buy it. After talking to my favourite plastic free living Facebook group (there is one for every city) we decided that the best option from now on would be to buy beer in aluminium cans as these are 100% recyclable in WA. Such a good reminder to myself to question everything. Knowing what your state or shore can recycle is so important! Ps. this is my new favourite beer... but I can't get it in cans so I guess I'll be having emu export from now on (WA folk will understand) 🍻

Happy Monday everyone! πŸ‘ the average person in the UK uses 4.48 trees per year in paper 😯 If, like me, you're currently commuting in to the office- this post will gove you tips on reducing that waste, and more!
Link in bio ☝️

Time for chickpea soaking again.πŸ•› I don't buy tinned chickpeas for many reasons: I don't want the added salt and sugar, I don't like the BPA plastic linings, I don't like the waste generally🚯(tins are single use) and they are soooo simple to DIY that there is absolutely no need to buy tins! πŸ˜€ I buy loose Australian grown chickpeas, they cost about $3.50-$5 a kilo. I soak for 48 + hours, changing the water every 8 hours or so (I add the water to my compost or garden 🌱). They will triple in size. I soak until I see white bubbles / scum forming - then I know they are ready to go πŸ˜€ I pop on the stove in a pan and boil for an hour. (I don't have a pressure cooker so I use my biggest saucepan.) No need to stand over it while it boils! Then I drain, cool and freeze what I won't use in the next few days. I freeze in regular glass jars without liquid. 1 tin of chickpeas is about 240 g so 1kg dried chickpeas will make the equivalent of 12 tins. I also save the cooked chickpea liquid (aquafaba) for baking - it is a β€œfree” egg replacement that is great for cakes etc πŸŽ‚. (If you have no idea what aquafaba is you will find the post I wrote on my website helpful!)

The best friends are the ones who give you free seedlings! A friend brought me some of their cherry tomatoes to try the other day and told me I could come over and grab some seedlings. After a tour of the garden and a cup of gunpowder green tea, I went home with a whole tray of seedlings! I got basil (globe, lemon and purple), chilli's and cherry tomatoes. The garden was made completely out of up-cycled waste (notice the seedlings in red bull and tuna cans). It might be one of the best places I've ever seen. I'll be doing a feature on it in the coming weeks so you can see too!

πŸ‚COFFEE-SHOP LESSONS (painful real life experience)πŸ‚
So today I went to a cafe with a friend of mine. I am the person who is unable to finish either my meal, or my beverages, so I took my glass mug with me. I asked the coffeeshop gal to pour coffee in it, and we also ordered sandwiches. We had to wait 5 minutes for our order to be ready so we sat down and talked. When the assistants called us to take our meals and coffee...I saw a plastic straw in mine 😫 f*ck I didn't expect that. I go to this cafe every once in a while but I always order coffee in their mugs (they give no straw) and before going ZW I used to order coffee-to-go also without a straw. So why did they decide to give it to me this time?!
Lessons learned:
1. ALWAYS ask for no plastic;
2. Always carry some sugar with me when out and about.

Zero waste yoga festival winning! Brought my #elephantbox for food (amazing, delicious #veggie selection! 🌱), reusable bamboo cutlery and #keepcup for a lovely #almondlatte. And the staff that served me at #wanderlust108 were so pleased to accommodate my reusable items ✌🏽

We have friends coming over for dinner = olives from the deli counter πŸ˜‹ Brought our own jars. The helpful lady behind the counter didn't bat an eyelid, even weighed the full jars and kept the stickers separate rather than stick them on the glass (and have me spend hours scrubbing them back off when the jars are empty). She also commented on how nice the olives looked in the jars. (Not that I care what they look like, but if it inspires her to ditch the plastic and use glass​ jars next time, all the better.πŸ˜€) We also got some top-up veggies here. I made a little Insta story of the store if you’d like to see more πŸ‘€

The zero waste and plastic-free lifestyles are not about absolutes. They are about recognizing where we can do betterβœ…, and doing what we canπŸ‘. Let's face it, none of us are perfectly waste-free, living in caves, collecting rainwaterβ˜”, growing all our own food πŸŒ½πŸ…and weaving our own clothesπŸ‘•. (Plus we're all on social media - and those phones and laptops we're using aren't plastic-free or zero waste.😜) We are just trying to do the best we can, in our own circumstances. There's always somewhere to improve and work on and do a little better - that's the journey! 😊 So don't be disheartened if you're just starting out, and can see all this room for improvement. Awareness is the first step! πŸ˜€And let's not get complacent if we are a little further down the track.πŸ‘£The thing I love πŸ’š about the zero waste lifestyle is that it is something everyone can aspire to. Let's support and encourage one another - after all, if every single person could reduce their waste by even 10%, that's a far bigger impact that a few people fitting their waste in a mason jar. We are in this together and every single action counts! πŸ‘Š

How dya like them apples? 😁 it's always nice to have friends with apple trees. Going to make puree for BB, jam, crumble, chutney, pie... so many options! 🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎
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When you go to pick up a little bit of plastic and realise it's the top of a plastic bag full of rubbish that someone has buried where you have been camping on a beautiful natural lagoon and Aboriginal community. Most of the plastic had broken down into smaller bits of plastic, which would have ended up in the lagoon. SIGH - #pickupapieceoftrash #literatti

I post my shopping from the bulk store, veg box deliveries and pickings from the veggie patch fairly often πŸ‘€, and people always ask: but what do you do with the things?! 😜 Great question! I love to talk about food *almost* as much as I like to eat it πŸ΄πŸ˜‹ So I've created a little mini-series up on my website. It's a bit of a food diary, but doesn't follow a particular week of meals - rather it is the kinds of things we typically eat. This week is mealtimes, next week is snacks. If you’d like to read part 1 it is up on my website now (link in the profile). Any questions, ask away!

Happy bin day everyone! So today rather than show you just my bins I thought I'd be a bit sneaky and show you a comparison between our bins and our neighbour's. They've a baby who's a week younger than BB but they're using disposables. No judgement, it's just this way you can get a good idea of how much waste we could be producing if we weren't using cloth. It's a good reminder for me too that even though we're still producing waste, it could be a lot worse! Cloth isn't for everyone but it just goes to show that making one change can have a huge difference. .
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