Waste Waning Wednesday #4

Last week was a huge success in our zero waste journey! We found solutions in the two areas that caused most of the single use plastics that entered our household. And they’re so exciting to me that I don’t feel like doing an intro. So without further ado, here’s this week’s waste waning Wednesday!    Plastic free fruit and veg boxes Leafy greens were an area where we could not avoid single use plastic since living in Ireland. The same was actually true when we were traveling through Denmark and Sweden during summer. In the Netherlands, we were able to…

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The ubiquitous nature of plastic

Plastic and microplastics are truly omnipresent. There doesn’t seem to be a place left on earth where microplastics haven’t been found. Though certainly not unexpected, the National Geographic recently reported that microplastics have been found in human poop. Looking at the habits of our current society, the outcome of the study seems an inevitable one waiting to be discovered. It was more of a confirmation of the truth we already expected. Microplastics have so far been found in all sorts of animal in the wild, so what would make us special not to ingest any? It just goes to show…

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The Poop Bag Dilemma
These doggy poop bags were listed as eco-friendly, yet they are just made of plastic. If only we realized that before buying a bulk package!

The Poop Bag Dilemma

Let’s talk about poop. Dog poop. Yep, we’re doing it. Why? Because poop plays a shitty role in the life of very dog owner, and it has caused a dilemma in our lives quite recently.   Plastic waste Over the past year, we have made effort to slowly decrease our consumption of single use plastics. One month ago, we actually decided to try our best to live a close to zero waste lifestyle on the road. We have focused on limiting the amount of unnecessary waste that we produce for so long now, that poop bags frustrate us greatly. Generally…

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Does zero waste living affect food waste?
A selection of unpackaged organic bread

Does zero waste living affect food waste?

As we recently started our journey towards a zero waste lifestyle, we discovered just how many products in grocery stores are packaged in some form of plastic nowadays. Not just in grocery stores though, in all types of stores we see a huge amount of plastic packaging. In the olden days, you could simply pick as many screws and bolts as you’d like from a basket and take them home in a paper bag. Now you find them packaged in small plastic containers. In Europe, every person creates an average of 160 kilos of packaging waste each year. 160 kilo’s…

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Zero waste: what does it mean

Zero waste living. The term gets coined more and more these days. But what does it actually represent? Well, there is a short and a long answer to this question. Simply spoken, a zero waste lifestyle literally means a lifestyle without waste. It represents a philosophy or even a movement in which people advocate for the reusability and full recyclability of all products that we buy. It involves thinking in cycles rather than single use. In the popular sense of the word however, people tend to throw liberally this term around. Even most of the popular zero waste blogs and…

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Starting zero waste vanlife

Today, we’re starting our life on the road. We spent the past few days visiting family and saying our goodbyes. We were lucky to be invited for lunch and dinner quite often, and haven’t cooked in the van much just yet. Before we set off, we stuffed the fridge with some leftover fruit, vegetables, and other lovely food that Jordy’s parents gave us. A few days ago however, I was craving something tasty to drink - a switch from water really. We also needed some extra items for lunch and dinner the next day. So, I went to a grocery…

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