Sunday, September 30, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - September 2018


September was an improvement on the previous month.

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My teas are nicely sorted!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - August 2018


August saw an increase in trash, unfortunately.

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Bulk fabric softening has been a great addition to laundry. I also made some slow cooked hot sauce. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Personal Hygiene Recipes for Low Waste Living

These recipes can be made using no end-user waste, and are quick and simple to prepare. I've been using most of these recipes for at least a year or more. 

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Hair Wash: 
  • Combine 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water
  • Add 20 drops of lemongrass oil and mix well

Hair Rinse:
  • Combine 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup water
  • Add 20 drops of tea tree oil and mix well
Body Wash:
  • Combine 1 cup liquid castile soap with 1 cup water
  • Add 20 drops of lavender oil and mix well
Beard and Shaving Oil: 
  • Combine 20 mL of jojoba oil with 15 drops vanilla oil and 10 drops black pepper oil
Mouth Wash: 
  • Combine 6 tsps baking soda with 1 cup water
Deodorant: 
  • Double boil 30g of unrefined shea butter until liquid
  • Combine hot, liquid shea butter with 6 tsps baking soda in a glass container
  • Add 40 drops of tea tree oil and 2 tsps arrow root powder and mix well
  • Allow to cool until solid
Toothpaste Powder: 
  • Combine 2 tsps pure charcoal powder, 2 tsps of kaolin clay powder and 6 tsps baking soda
Exfoliation Face Scrub: 
  • Double boil 20g of coconut oil 
  • Combine liquid coconut oil with 20g of coffee grounds and 1 tsp baking soda and mix well
  • Allow to cool until solid
Hand Wash: 
  • Combine 1/2 cup liquid castile soap with 1/2 cup water in a hand soap dispenser 



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - July 2018


July wasn't too bad, but I didn't quite make it a #plasticfreejuly.

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I spent a week hiking in the Northern Territory, and cooked and dehydrated all of my meals, keeping the food in re-useable bags.



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As always, here's my waste for this month.




Sunday, July 1, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - June 2018


June was another successful month. 

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I dried out lots of chillies, and stocked up on more laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, demineralised water and baking soda. 


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Waste was a little higher than usual, but this includes a trip to Sydney and also buying some travel products. 

I am angling for a plastic-free July. 


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - May 2018


May was a relatively efficient month. 

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I made an exfoliant using coconut oil and coffee grinds, and a new toothpaste with charcoal, baking soda, peppermint oil and demineralised water.

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The amount of rubbish was acceptably small.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Monthly Wrap Up - April 2018


Just like March, April was a solid month.

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My dehydration production has increased, as I am preparing food for a trip in a few months time. I made an olive oil spread using bulk bought oil - great for toast etc.


I picked up some refillable peanut butter and some delicate wool wash. 


I also went camping, which allowed me to test out some new recipes. I semi-successfully extracted an alkaline base from cardboard, though the energy, effort and input required is inefficient. 


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Waste was minimal. Some Nuttelex, a can of coke from a restaurant, a battery and plastics from music and electronics. And that's it!