March was a renaissance month.
I started carrying metal cutlery, just in case I wanted to eat at a food court where the plates are supplied but the cutlery is plastic. As with all attempts to lower waste and yet feel unrestricted, preparation plays a big part. Polenta works really well in the rice cooker, with a ratio of 4:1 when combined with water plus other items for flavour (tomatoes, chillies, onion). Froze well.
My spices are also better organised. So is my tea.
I made a small quantity of 'travel' deodorant, for long days at work and interstate trips. The recipe works really well - shea butter, arrowroot, baking soda, tea tree oil and lavender oil. For the last six weeks I've been using a concentrated dish washing liquid that can be purchase in bulk called 'Encore'. A cap full of the concentrate is diluted with 1.5L water, a mixture that will last for four or five lots of dishes. Higher concentrations can be made for heavier loads.
I camped at Deep Creek, and tested out a minimal setup with just a poncho tarp and bug bivy. I also didn't take a stove, and trialled some new dehydrated recipes.
Waste was very minimal. Almost all plastic was from cat food or cat hygiene products, which are still difficult for me to replace. I have found some (expensive cat food), which can be bought in bulk, which the cats love. This is a step forward. I replaced my shaving razor for the first time in six months. The photo from this month doesn't include two Red Bull cans that I had in Melbourne.