Thursday, February 1, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - January 2018

Good progress!


January was a solid month. I kept making my usual concoctions of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving oil, hand wash, toothpaste and mouth wash.

I bought a soda-making device, which has been fantastic for creating fruit-infused soda water. I've been using it daily, both at home and at work.

Monthly trash was low! Mostly cat food packaging, cat litter packaging and electronic component packaging. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - December 2017

December had some positives and negatives. All in all, not too bad, but the festive season made things more difficult.


Definitely the festive season! Goon sack, coke can etc.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - November 2017

A solid month.


November saw some progress with reduction of waste, and I even got a chance to go on the Walk the Yorke trail for two nights.


Here is my waste for the month. As usual, mostly electronics and cat food packaging.


Here's to December.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - October 2017

October was an improvement on September.


I tried to make hand soap, which worked well.

Besides this, just more of the usual. The majority of packaging and plastic was from electronics and music gear.


Monthly trash, as always. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - September 2017

September was a mixed bag.


Even though I generated more waste than in August, I did get a chance to try out dehydrated food extensively by hiking for seven days total throughout this month at Baroota and the KIWT.

Here's my rubbish for this month:

Far too much plastic! Damn.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - August 2017

Systems are working.


August was pretty much more of the same as the last few months, as expected - less packaging, more cooking, more making. Measurable progress compared to July, and the least wasteful month of all for this year.

In fact, I would estimate that 75% of plastic was from ordering music gear or electronic components - so that's a good sign.

I've been making most of my own household cleaners from raw materials.

I've been making my own toothpaste, mouthwash, moisturiser, shaving oil and for the first time deodorant - which has worked really well. This was something of a Rubicon crossing for me, beyond toothpaste and shampoo.

I've continued making and using shampoo and conditioner, and have refined the bodywash formula. 

I've enjoyed pickling different items - this has worked well as a flavourful addition to frozen foods. 

I've also put a number of things through the dehydrator. Good snacks for work and on the move, and quick meal preparation. 

I picked up a biodegradable keep cup. 

I've cooked and frozen a total of sixty meals, which should cover all lunches and dinners in September. 


Waste was minimal this month. No glass, cardboard or tins; not much in the way of aluminium, hard plastics or soft plastics. This is missing one bottle of beer that I had when I was out one night, though.

Cardboard has been burned to ash and composted. Any glass has been re-used in the household. So, as always, this represents waste that is leaving the house.

I would like to reduce this to zero for a whole month sometime this year.


I think I can realistically make that happen.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monthly Wrap Up - July 2017

Two steps forward, one and a half steps back.


I was sick for a fortnight for this cold July. I definitely generated more waste than expected as a result. I did manage to make and use my own shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, dishwashing liquid, toothpaste and mouthwash.


Here's the daily garbage for July.


August will hopefully be more successful.