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We’re now entering the sixth month of our waste reduction plan, so it’s a good time to stop and take stock. Some of the changes we’ve made have stuck and become part of our everyday lives, but a few things haven’t worked as well as we’d hoped.

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Perhaps the biggest success to date has been in replacing single use dining and kitchen items with reusable ones. We haven’t used a paper serviette all year, and we’re still on the same roll of paper towels that we started a couple of months ago.

After five months of constant use, our cloth napkins are still going strong (albeit a bit stained), as are our knitted/crocheted dishcloths and waffle weave towels. Everyone enjoys using the napkins so much that I doubt we’d be allowed to go back to paper ones even if I wanted to! I was concerned about the extra washing involved, but our most recent electricity bill wasn’t any higher – in fact, it was a tiny bit lower, probably because we’ve been making an effort to use the ECO setting on the front loader.  It also helps that the Japanese tenegui are so open weave that they line dry very quickly.

Surprisingly, all our utility bills are down this quarter – gas is down 16%, electricity just 3.2%, and water, somewhat unbelievably given the extra washing we’ve doing, is a whopping 17.6% less than the same period last year.  We’ve put it down to being more conscientious about using the half-flush button on the toilet and the ECO setting on the dishwasher and washing machine – apparently the latter can save up to 30% on electricity and water compared to regular washes. We’ve also made an effort to use appliances less, preheat the oven for a shorter time, take shorter showers – all small things, but obviously they’ve added up over a three month period.

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The reusable teflon BBQ sheets have worked so well that I’m now using parchment paper less than once a fortnight. The thinner ones are brilliant under sourdough loaves and cookies, and the thicker ones are great for roasts and other savoury bakes. They’re easy to wash and store – the trick is to either lay them flat or roll them up, as folding them causes them to crack. I’m forever grateful to Helen and Tanzles for suggesting them…

I bought my thin sheets from Magic Cooking Sheet online but the thicker ones I found on ebay for just a few dollars each. I also saw some for sale at our local Bunnings in the barbecue section.

I made a holder for my bread liners using two toilet roll tubes and a scrap of recycled wrapping paper…

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You’re probably sick of me rabbiting on about the beeswax wraps (my friends certainly are) but honestly, they’re so good! Do have a go at making your own as they can be hideously expensive – our easy tutorial is here. Best of all, if they’re homemade, you can easily touch them up with a bit more wax if they start to get a bit thin.

My latest discovery? The wraps help prevent oxidisation. I wrapped diced potato and sweet potato for half an hour while I prepped other ingredients, and they stayed pristine…

They also stop ginger from going mouldy and slimy – this piece was in the fridge for over a week and a half and it still looked like new…

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We’ve reduced the amount of single-use plastic coming into the house, simply by taking our own mesh bags and furoshiki when shopping, and the difference has been noticeable and significant. But we’ve been unable to go completely plastic-free – how do I buy a box of Weetbix without a plastic bag in it? Or a whole chicken? What about medications, most of which come packaged in foil and plastic?

All we can do is try to handle whatever plastic we end up with as responsibly as possible, by reusing what we can and recycling or REDcycling what we can’t. And the continued effort really does make a difference – I peeked into our red bin last night as it went out and was delighted to see that there was still only one small bag in it.

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Speaking of which, the biodegradable bin liners haven’t worked as well as we’d hoped – they’re thin and flimsy and don’t cope well with the kitchen waste we still produce. We’re wrapping what we can in newspaper while we try and think of other options (the newspaper isn’t ideal with anything damp or soggy).

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The Bokashi bins have been a partial success – we now have two worm farms running, but neither of them will eat the fermented waste product. That’s partly because Big Boy and Small Man are now saving their green kitchen scraps, so there’s always more than enough vegetable leavings to feed both farms and given a choice, the worms won’t eat anything else.  We’re still diligently filling the Bokashi bins though, and then burying the remains once they’ve broken down. It’s working ok, but it’s not perfect yet.

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Big Boy and Small Man both cart their KeepCups with them whenever they go out, and their lunches are always packaged in either a beeswax wrap or a reusable lunch box.

Small Man is a true eco-warrior – he pulled me up the other day when I was being lazy and went to throw a teabag into the bin (our teabags are made of paper, so we can remove the tag and string and Bokashi them). And it occurred to me that perhaps the most important benefit of our waste reduction plan was the example it was setting for our sons.

Thanks for joining us on this journey! I’ll keep you all posted on how we go and as always, I’d love any tips or advice you have to share – I’ve learnt so much from you already! ♥

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Here are the posts so far on our Waste Reduction Plan:

27 Jan 2018  A Waste Reduction Plan

2 Feb 2018  A Long, Rambling Catch Up

15 April 2018  Our Waste Reduction Plan – Progress Report

20 April 2018  Our Waste Reduction Plan – Fine Tuning

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Tips and tutorials for making your own eco-friendly products:

Mesh Bags

Mesh Bags (pattern at the end of the post)

Furoshiki

Knitted Dishcloth

Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth

Crocheted Acrylic Dish Scrubber

Beeswax Wraps

Cloth Napkins (second half of post)

Sewing a Utensil Holder

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Frugal Living

Our cashflow this year has been snug.

Irene and Denise, our wonderful financial advisers, read us the riot act about not having enough for retirement if we didn’t start funneling every spare cent into super immediately, so we’ve been trying our hardest to do that. But as a result, we have substantially less disposable income this year.

That’s ok, because even though I don’t like it, we’re really quite good at it. We’ve had lots of practice. And it’s very empowering – there’s a sense of achievement and control that comes with tightening the reins.

The first thing to go, of course, was fine dining. We’ll still have the occasional fancy meal with friends, but for the most part, $60 dinners have been replaced by $13 curries and rotis at Spice Alley. If I’m honest, that’s a win, because I far prefer eating there to anywhere else…

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Instead of buying large quantities of meat in bulk as we used to, I now haunt the “Save Me” section at our local Harris Farm Fruit Market.

There are spectacular savings to be had  on high quality grass fed and free range meat nearing its expiry date. I won’t buy chicken or mince that’s getting too old, but I’ll happily come home with pork, lamb or beef cuts with a day or two left on them. They’re usually reduced by 30% – 50%.

I picked up a 2.2kg free range pork loin recently for $12.84 and turned it into two containers of stir fry strips, three boxes of pulled pork, a jar of lard, and two boxes of stock. That’s five family dinners’ worth. The rind was cut into small pieces and frozen to enrich future stews…

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For retail therapy, I’ll pop into Reverse Garbage once a fortnight with $20 in my pocket. That’s always enough for me to come home with craft treasures, like rainbow ribbon at $5 a bag…

Or a mountain of handbag vinyl in bright colours for just $14…

I made dancing ribbons and a windsock…

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…and the vinyl was paired with zips and pulls (also from Reverse Garbage) in these funky little pouches…

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We are blessed to have access to wonderful free art in Sydney, especially with the Biennale currently showing, and I’ve been trying to visit all the spaces before it ends on 11th June. My favourite so far has been Carriageworks and I highly recommend a visit if you have time. Marco Fusinato’s enormous installation is great fun, but be warned, the video below is loud!

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On Saturday, I popped into the Art Gallery of NSW to view their Biennale pieces, but it was hard to go past the huge John Olsen painting on the ground floor. I sat and stared at it for a while…

Reclaiming the Inner Space by Indian artist N. S. Harsha was very impressive – I liked it as much for her use of recycled packaging materials as I did for the design. The hand carved wooden elephants were particularly lovely…

The Art Gallery is a fascinating old building, with creaky parquetry flooring and hidden wings just waiting to be discovered. While looking for the Adrienne Doig tapestries, I stumbled across the Gallery library in the basement (complete with stern librarian). This piece appealed to me very much…

Indigenous artworks form a large part of this year’s Biennale, including these adorable creations by the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists of Alice Springs. They’re on display at the MCA

…as are these elegant and touching burial baskets, woven by Ngarrindjeri artist Yvonne Koolmatrie…

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I’ve picked up the latest batch of stripey socks from lovely Richard (if you’re new, you can read about the socks here and here). As always, I’ve Napisanned, hot water washed and tumble dried them…

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We delivered 120 sanitised socks to the Exodus Foundation for distribution to the homeless, and kept the rest to play with. Here are a few new craft projects to add to the list.

I cut rings from the socks and zigzagged them closed. They make brilliant elastic bands for holding beeswax wrap in place…

…and, as my friend Anita discovered, fabulous hair ties…

I created padded coat hangers using scraps of fleece and a pairs of socks…

An old idea worth mentioning again simply because it’s worked so well…after months of catching every oil drip and keeping my shelf completely clean, I’ve replaced the sock around my olive oil bottle…

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Lastly, Priscilla’s sourdough loaves continue to keep us all fed – at about 50c loaf, it’s something that we never need to scrimp on! And the beeswax wraps do such a good job of keeping them fresh, that we’re now wasting very little…

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It takes a bit of thought and creativity to live more frugally, but it’s so empowering. Do you have any tips to share with us?

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One of my favourite places to eat, as I’m sure you know by now, is Spice Alley near Sydney’s Central Station. It’s a pretty hip place – cashless transactions, recyclable paper plates, biodegradable wooden utensils – and the food is great too.

Inspired by my friend Clare, I was keen to start bringing my own cutlery with me on visits there rather than using and throwing away the disposable ones on offer. But when I looked at buying a utensil carry case, I was taken aback by the cost. I’m sure we’d all live greener lives if it wasn’t so expensive to purchase eco-friendly kit. And I figured that as we’d already made our own mesh bags, beeswax wraps, furoshiki and crocheted dishcloths, how hard could it be to sew a utensil holder?

Turns out it’s not very hard at all. Here are my lazy sewing instructions – please adapt them however you wish.

I began with a $2.80 tenegui (Japanese tea towel) from Daiso. You could use any fabric you like, but this one already had hemmed edges and the weave was thin and easy to stitch through. Plus, the designs are dead cute and very affordable. I use the same fabric for both our cloth napkins and for lining my bannetons, so I knew it was going to wash and launder well.

Each cloth is around 35cm wide by 85 – 95cm long (for $2.80, you don’t always get precision sizing).

Step 1: Cut the fabric 56cm (22″) from one short edge. If your fabric is 95cm long, that will leave you with a rough square and a long rectangle.

Step 2: Now cut the long rectangle in half length-wise. You’ll end up with two pieces each approximately 56cm x 18cm (22″ x 7″).

Step 3: Hem the unfinished edge of the square. This will be your travel napkin. I use a double hem, but you could simply overlock (serge) the edge and turn the hem under…

Step 4: Hem the two unfinished edges of one of the long halves.

Now, grab your cutlery and decide how deep you want the pockets to be. I folded my fabric up 19cm (7½”).

Pin the sides and stitch them together to form one deep pocket. I stitched through all the layers, which was easy to do as the tenegui has such an open weave.

Tip: If you’re making this from heavier fabric, you might want to do an overlocked (serged) and stitched hem rather than a double hem, so that you only have to sew through four layers of fabric rather than six. Using a longer stitch length and a strong needle helps as well.

Step 5: using a washable marker, divide the single pocket into smaller ones. To be honest, I only marked it up for the photo – when I made mine, I just  eyeballed the stitching lines.

I sewed one line down the middle first.

On the left side, I stitched another line down the middle to form two equal pockets. Then I sewed a line off-centre on the right side to form a bigger compartment for a spoon, and a smaller one for a straw.

Step 6: pop your cutlery in and check it all fits. You could also sew a tie on the outside, but I just roll mine up and pop a silicone band around it…

Ok, so it’s not a fancy quilted job with carefully finished edges and an attached tie…but that means it’s a doddle to wash, it only took ten minutes to sew, and it won’t clutter up my handbag any more than is absolutely necessary. Best of all, I didn’t pay $32 for it, and my $2.80 tenegui was enough for two utensil wraps and a matching napkin. That’s very cool, right?

As I mentioned at the start of the post, buying eco-friendly products can be an expensive exercise, especially if you’re serious about minimising single-use items. To replace paper towels, paper serviettes, plastic shopping and vegetable bags, and cling film, we use a large quantity of cloth napkins, crocheted dishcloths, beeswax wraps, furoshiki and mesh bags.

I’m not sure we’d have been able to afford everything we needed at retail prices – “green” products are a growing market and there’s a lot of profit being made at the moment. If you’re in the same boat, I’d encourage you to make your own. Here are all the patterns and tutorials we’ve written so far – hopefully they’ll be a useful starting point!

Mesh Bags

Mesh Bags (pattern at the end of the post)

Furoshiki

Knitted Dishcloth

Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth

Crocheted Acrylic Dish Scrubber

Beeswax Wraps

Cloth Napkins (second half of post)

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And here are the posts so far on our Waste Reduction Plan:

27 Jan 2018  A Waste Reduction Plan

2 Feb 2018  A Long, Rambling Catch Up

15 April 2018  Our Waste Reduction Plan – Progress Report

20 April 2018  Our Waste Reduction Plan – Fine Tuning

 

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Reducing our green footprint has been an ongoing project for our family in 2018.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, we’ve made some big changes in an attempt to reduce the amount of waste we’re producing, but there’s also been quite a lot of fine tuning as well.

Here are some of the smaller changes we’ve made this year…you might want to grab a cuppa, because this ended up being a very long post…

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We’ve invested in rechargeable batteries again.

We tried this nearly 20 years ago, but the product wasn’t up to scratch back then – the batteries couldn’t be stored as they didn’t hold their charge well, and once in a device, they would run out very quickly.

Thankfully, battery technology has improved in leaps and bounds since then, and these new Panasonic rechargeables should hold 85% of their charge for up to a year. We bought ours at Costco…

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I use a lot of razor blades in my bread baking, so I thought I’d try resharpening them. After reading that you can sharpen disposable razors using old denim jeans as a strop, I made a nervous attempt while holding the naked blade in my fingers. It worked reasonably well, but I’m not sure it’s something I’d do regularly.

Instead, I’ve decided to go back to using a lame. This nifty little holder keeps my fingers away from the razor, which seems to extend its life, as the oil from my hands was causing the blade to corrode between bakes…

It has changed how my bread looks – I find it harder to produce intricate cuts with the lame, so I’ve reverted to just making a long slash down the middle of each loaf. On the up side, the resulting loaves are easier to slice and more useful for sandwiches…

Two things to mention: firstly, the blade has numbers on each corner (a product of the manufacturing process), so I’m able to use each one four times. This means that a single razor can power through a lot of loaves before it needs to be replaced. I’m annoyed at myself for not noticing the numbers sooner – my friend Joanna had to point them out to me…

Secondly, I tried the denim jeans sharpening trick on my trusty old (and irreplaceable) potato peeler. It was fiddly (you have to hold the blade at just the right angle) but it worked a treat!

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In my last post on waste reduction, I mentioned that I was trying to find a replacement for parchment paper to bake on. The parchment is silicone coated, so it’s non-recyclable, and as we don’t have a compost heap to add it to, it was all ending up (eventually) in the red bin.

Helen and Tanzles both left me comments (thank you!) suggesting that I try barbecue/teflon sheets as a replacement (I’m not a fan of the rubbery silicone liners). Serendipitously, we had a Magic Cooking Sheet in our cupboard – a gift from Bob the Builder. We don’t own an outdoor barbecue, so it had never actually been used. I cut it in half that very night and made up two batches of dough.

One-third of the loaves below were baked on parchment, the remainder on the barbecue sheets…and I was thrilled not to be able to tell the difference…

I found a couple more of these on sale at a local food service supplier for $11 each. You can also order them online directly from the company website. The sheets are made in Ireland and each 40cm x 30cm sheet can be cut in half to line two 30cm enamel roasters. They’re FDA-approved, reusable up to 2,500 times, and clean up easily in warm detergent. The only limitations are that they can’t go over an open flame, and they can’t be folded (I think they crack)…

If you can’t get hold of these, my lovely friend Kim in the UK has had great success using a Lakeland magic tray liner, which is available locally through the Good Guys website. There are also cheaper teflon sheets available on Ebay from China, although I can’t vouch for how well they will work.

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We’ve been studying all the consumption data in our appliance operating manuals to try and decipher the most efficient options. It’s not always the one you’d think – for example, in our Miele front loader washing machine, the “Wool” setting uses less water and energy than “Automatic/Quick Wash”…

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Everything continues to be cheerfully wrapped in beeswax cloths.

Last week, I was delighted to unwrap a cut avocado in perfect condition after 24 hours in the fridge (it probably helped that it wasn’t over ripe). The only tricky bit is trying to remember what’s inside all the little wrapped parcels in the crisper drawer…

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REDcycle in Victoria offer a great recycling service for soft plastics across Australia. We’ve been collecting plastic bags, clingfilm and other appropriate packaging, and depositing them weekly into dedicated bins outside Coles supermarkets.

They state on their website that they can’t take plastic packaging that has contained meat. When I emailed to ask if they would take the bags if I washed and dried them thoroughly first, this was their reply:

“If you are happy to prepare the chicken bags so that they are free of meat product and DRY, then yes, we are happy to accept them. The reason we usually ask that plastic which has contained meat be kept out of REDcycle bins is to avoid meat juices causing mould, which is an ongoing issue for us.”

So now I wash my meat bags in detergent and water, and hang them to dry before adding it to the recycling pile.

We’re also washing and reusing other plastic bags – this little green one held our entire season of snake beans, and we picked daily for almost a month! It’s now been washed and put away for another use…

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The compostable kitchen bin liners we found aren’t very strong, so we’re taking Leigh’s advice and wrapping any leftover scraps which can’t go into the Bokashi in newspaper and putting them straight in the red bin…

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One of the few things I was still using single-use plastic bags for was chocolate.

It was a tricky problem to solve – left unwrapped, tempered chocolate will soon scuff and lose its hard earned shine. Confectionery foil is hugely expensive, and cellophane is worse than plastic, as the latter is at least REDcycle-able. Parchment paper can’t be recycled and to be honest, it’s an expensive option and pretty boring as gift wrap; brown paper is thick and unattractive. I’d found nice origami paper at Daiso, but wasn’t sure how food-safe it was.

So I was delighted when Reverse Garbage were given these large, thin sheets of food-safe paper. If you look carefully, you can see the misprint that led to them all being discarded. I’m sure the Ze Pickle hamburger franchise weren’t happy to have “Ze Qickle” on their wrapping, but kudos to them (or their suppliers) for choosing a reuse option over recycling or landfill.

I paid just $5 for 1000 sheets, and each one is large enough to wrap a small loaf of bread…

And they work brilliantly! The chocolate stays pristine, and the quirky wrapping is unusual enough for gift giving. In addition, the paper is very thin, which means it should compost or recycle easily. As you can probably tell, I was pretty happy to find these…

I even wrapped our Friday loaves in them, just for fun (as opposed to putting the bread in paper bags)…

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Finally, a couple of photos of our worm farm for Johanna.

We’ve had one going for a few years now, and have just added a second one in the hope that we can convince the worms (or failing them, the soldier fly larvae) to eat our fermented Bokashi waste.

Here’s a photo of the top tray of our established one…

And a quick pic of the second tray – the worms bury themselves once exposed to light, so I had to be fast…

The worm juice is high in nitrogen, so it gets diluted down and sprayed on the plants as fertiliser (it’s particularly good for leafy greens). The castings are collected at regular intervals and used to create a potting mix, which eventually ends up in the garden. In combination with the poop provided by our chickens and our home-brewed comfrey tea, it provides most of the nutrients our veggie patch needs – we haven’t had to buy commercial fertiliser for quite a while now.

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A few more little tweaks – all our light bulbs are low energy long life ones, glass wok lids now cover my rising dough instead of plastic shower caps, and bowls being heated in the microwave are topped with a plate rather than a paper towel. We’re trying to be more aware of our electricity and water consumption, turning appliances off when not in use and avoiding small wash loads.

Actually, that’s probably the crux of it all – we’re trying to be more mindful of all our actions, and making a conscious effort to stop and think before automatically reaching for a paper towel, or turning on an appliance, or throwing a wrapper in the bin, or purchasing food in excess to what we can eat or store.

I’ve learnt so much from all of you already, thank you for coming on this journey with us! I’d be grateful for any other tips you might have for fine tuning our waste reduction plan!

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I caught up with my friend Allison recently at the fabulous Steam Engine in Chatswood. Not only do they make great coffee, they also encourage folks to bring their own reusable cups by showing them exactly how much goes to landfill from one takeaway coffee a day…

Inspired, I decided to add to my KeepCup set.

After eight months and over 150 uses, my baby 4oz cup is still as good as new. This week I added a large cup for herbal teas and a 6oz cup for iced piccolos. I toyed with the idea of just buying a large one, but my baby cup has a permanent coffee aroma, and I was keen to have a dedicated one for tea.

If you’re in Sydney’s Inner West, Caffe Bianchi in Leichhardt has the full range on offer (it can be hard to find the smaller sizes in coffee shops), or you can order directly from KeepCup. Doing the latter lets you choose your own colours as well…

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Our beeswax wraps are going strong!

Here’s how our Korean dinner party prep looked a few weeks ago. My homemade cloths aren’t as sticky as the commercial ones, but it’s nothing a rubber band can’t fix. We haven’t used any clingfilm so far this year…

Being Chinese, I’m probably washing the wraps more often than recommended, and I noticed recently that the wax coating was slowly wearing down. So I rewaxed a pile of them – it took just a couple of minutes and the addition of a small amount of sheet wax – and now they’re as good as new! If you’d like to have a go making some, our tutorial is here.

One last tip – if you have a friend who keeps bees, ask them to buy the beeswax foundation sheets for you. My friend Ian picked some up for me at under $2 each, compared to the $3.50 per sheet charged at candle shops. Having said that, each sheet will wax a piece of fabric up to eight times its size, so it’s still remarkably good value compared to buying them ready made!

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The cloth napkins and crocheted/knitted dishcloths are going well – we haven’t used a paper napkin all year, and we’re still on our first roll of paper towels. There’s more effort involved – a bit more washing and a lot more folding, but it’s well worth it. As I mentioned last time, having a large stack of napkins reduces the need to wash too often.

The tenegui from Daiso that I used to make the napkins have been perfect – they’re pilling a bit after three months, but still holding up otherwise, and they wash and line dry very quickly. Most importantly, I don’t have to iron them!

I’ve cut up an old waffle weave bedspread and turned it into towels – they’re super absorbent for everything from drying vegetables to wiping up spills…

All the towels and dishcloths are stored in a drawstring bag in the kitchen, ready for use at a moment’s notice…

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I’m making scrubbers from acrylic yarn (this ball was $2 at the Reject Shop) and they work brilliantly on pots and dishes. I simply crochet a small square, fold it in half and then crochet around the edges to form a double layer. I’ve found these work quite well in cotton too, providing the stitch is a bit tighter (smaller hook)…

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The furoshiki continue to be a great success.

I don’t take shopping bags anymore as the cloths live permanently in my handbag. They’re surprisingly strong and can hold up to twice as much as a regular plastic shopping bag. At home, we use them to wrap everything from lunch boxes to excess linen to loaves of bread. A couple of my furoshiki have even become fashion accessories, thanks to these snazzy magnetic handles that Kevin and Carol bought me in Japan…

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Finally, the Bokashi has stalled temporarily while we figure out what to do with the broken down waste material.

The system performs well for the most part (there are some things which it can’t seem to process like pork rind and processed meats), and our original thinking was to feed all the waste to the worms after it had fermented. However, we also collect our vegetable scraps for the worms, and they seem to far prefer that to the Bokashi waste.

We’ve just invested in a second worm farm which we plan to keep just for Bokashi scraps. Pete was also mumbling something yesterday about soldier fly larvae (which apparently eat the scraps very quickly) and engineering a device to add to the second worm farm so we can collect pupating larvae for the chickens…and it was all so gross that I switched off. Suffice to say that I’ll just keep sewing cloth napkins and crocheting dishcloths and leave all of that to him…

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So, what can we improve?

We’ve reduced our paper bag usage, but I think we can still do better there. And while I always have my reusable coffee cup, I don’t always remember to take my plastic containers to the deli. We’ve invested in sturdy plastic storage containers for the fridge and freezer (glass would be preferable, but we find it too heavy), but a lot of plastic takeaway containers are still coming into the house.

Parchment paper is an ongoing problem – it’s non-recyclable, but I don’t like the result I get from baking on silicon mats. I’m reusing each sheet twice (three bakes at high heat is all it can take before it starts to crumble apart), but it’s still not ideal.

Being more aware of what we purchase means that our food waste has reduced, so that even with the Bokashi temporarily on hiatus, we’re still managing to keep our  household rubbish down to one kitchen bin bag a week. I’m making the boys eat a lot of leftovers! Unfortunately, the compostable bags we bought are quite flimsy, so we’re occasionally having to use an old fashioned plastic one.

I think the next area of focus will be really looking at how the goods which come into our house are packaged. Whilst a lot of packaging materials can be recycled (the soft plastics can be REDcycled), there are still some items (like polystyrene) that need to go straight into the red bin.

I’ll keep you posted on how we go!

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