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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Waste Waning Wednesday #3

We love our zero waste journey. Though frustrating at times, it feels good to be doing better. We’re aware of the choices we make every day. And seeing that once more we managed to write such a long weekly diary is a slice of proof to ourselves that we’ve been aware for seven more days. Every week, I’m more excited to write this post, and I’m already curious to see what we’ll have to document next! Over the past few days, we’ve been closely observing our sauerkraut, morning and night. We removed the top cabbage leaf that was pressing down…

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Waste Waning Wednesday #2

What started off feeling as a slow and unsuccessful week ended being incredibly satisfying! But before we share this week’s zero waste diary, we’re sharing an intriguing observation we made on Monday. A man was drinking a bottle of Coca Cola on the platform. When his train arrived, he flung the half-full bottle of coke in the bushes behind him and got on. Where we actively think about waste limitation and act accordingly (most of the time), this man had not a care in the world. Where we choose to drink water, indulging with an aluminum can of soda every…

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Waste Waning Wednesday #1

Over the past few weeks, our lives have changed quite a bit. Our passion for a zero waste lifestyle however has remained. We have realized that options to live a life with zero waste are different in every area, and that our location influences our success. It’s not about the ‘zero’ in zero waste. What’s most important is that we care. That we put in effort to do better; any effort counts no matter how big or small it may be! That’s why we decided to write a weekly waste waning diary that we’ll share with you every Wednesday. We’ll…

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Overcoming my fear of swimming in open water

Whilst crossing the ocean between Wales and Ireland this morning, I was once again reminded of my biggest fear. Thalassophobia is what they call it; a fear of open water. I can’t recall ever truly loving the ocean. The salty scent, the sound of waves crashing in, children and seagulls figuring out who can scream the loudest. Everything reminded me of one of the things I fear most. And you know what’s odd? I have no idea what exactly it is that I am afraid of. During our travels through Sweden, we were surrounded with water. We past many lakes…

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Recap vanlife July – Things go in cycles

As the famous rapper Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, better known as Q-tip, once said: ‘…things go in cycles’ As we’re writing this, we’re back where at were when our vanlife started out; Wassersleben, Germany. And on our way to Marijke’s Grandparents. This is exactly where we started our vanlife journey up north two months ago. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s talk about the whole month of July, instead of just the 31st day. July has been a tad different compared to May and June. We had already settled into our ways of van-living. We naturally divided the daily…

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