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So true - I'm not perfect, but I let that be OK.  I let the slip ups, or the 'easier' option sneak in.  Fresh berries would be 4-8x frozen at the store, and I'm sorry, I just can't accept the costs (when most fresh STILL come in punnents, vs bags, so plastic or plastic!?)

But every time I whip out the bamboo fork instead of a single use plastic one, it's a start.  It won't change the world today, but it is a small step in the right direction.

1 year, 1 month ago on Is It Cheating to Stock up on Restaurant Burritos?


This is so strange - I have two cheque books (the French love them, and I have a French account).  Neither of them came with covers, they have their own cardboard 'book' covers, and seeing neither live in my handbag, it works well! 

1 year, 2 months ago on Opting Out of Toxic Checkbook Covers


Firstly, congrats (outside myfitnesspal, pal!)

Secondly - every run of late has come with a free shirt - some synthetic, some not.  I just wear them as I've been given them, and better than landfilling them.  Seems to be no 'opt out' either.  But, I do agree with the stinky factor of synthetics.

Otherwise, i run in old shirts and yoga pants, and wash after use.  Sure, they get wet, but no chafing issues to date.  the moisture in this humid summer in Sydney is a little bit too much but not 'die'worthy!

1 year, 2 months ago on Running with Less Plastic, Part 1


This is so funny - re: the Paleo one-up-man-ship!  What's incredibly interesting is the thoughts on salmonella - it's a really US thing.  I see it on menus when I travel to the US, but in Australia and Europe, no one worries.  I only recently realised the concern in the states was due to a huge outbreak a while ago.  Anyhow, my mother always thinks you need an egg in a milkshake for better froth.

Like Laurie E, I know my parents sometimes give the chickens back their shells - and they eat them, but like with human consumption, it's recommended to bake them dry first.

I hope this solves your calcium intake issues. (Do you feel weird you have to defend your 'before' purchases that still have plastic?)

1 year, 3 months ago on Eating Eggshells for Calcium?


@BethTerry Oh I agree, but the pill bottle could store quarters, or seeds or something similar, around the home.  Blister packs, not so much :s

1 year, 3 months ago on Reducing Plastic by Staying Healthy


Oh thank you Beth!  For your honesty - I find zerowastehome never really touches on topics like this, and as I try to minimise my waste (ie landfill) ny weekly weigh ins, I still have endless blister packs of ibuprofen, codine/parcetamol, the pill, and the other tablet I take.  I don't regularly take supplements, but I have some on hand too.

At least pill bottle can be refilled and reused, but they seem incredibly uncommon in Australia :(  My latest script filled yesterday went back to 7 days on a sheet, rather than 14 days like last time I filled it.  I have no idea how I get one or the other type - grr!

1 year, 3 months ago on Reducing Plastic by Staying Healthy


Totally in line with my idea of 'resolutions' this year - I have 12 one month health challenges.  This month is to take the stairs always (three flights in my place).  Last month was to walk everyday, one minute more each day.  Next month is drinking 2-3L of water per day.  The one month gives time to make it a routine (I still walk on work days) but also makes it easy to say 'It's only 30 days, I can do this' but... then it becomes a healthy habit you tend to keep!

Of course, I'm keeping myself accountable by a few blog posts, and my partner knows too.  And I'm your myfitnesspal pal too!

1 year, 3 months ago on Working Out Without Plastic, Part 1


Absolutely incredible!  Awesome work Tess!

1 year, 6 months ago on Do I Look Good in Plastic?


I knew nothing about this Trax, I wonder if it exists or is valid outside of the US.  Still, I think incentives can skew the market, it might get more people over the line to start doing these things that you (and me) do anyhow, cause of the feel good point of view.

1 year, 6 months ago on What Do You Think of Rewards Programs? Are Some Better Than Others?


It is SO lovely when people say yes to our different plastic free ways - every time I worry about the rejection (and it happens), but when you get smiles and happiness and support, it's wonderful!  I need to find a way with cheese like you have - I'm not yet there yet with most dairy but with meat and grains, I'm sorted.

1 year, 6 months ago on Advice from Danielle -- How to Ask for What You Want


NICE! I have a blender, similar to your 'bad' old one, but I got it for free on freecycle, which to me is better in some ways than buying new.  Thought I've never thought to (or tried) to dismantle it to clean it, and seeing it looks so similar, I shall most certainly try.

Although a reader for a while, I only just grabbed your book from the library (it's been popular), and I didn't know if you allowed plastics that existed before you zero plastic commitment, so this post helps me understand.  Can't wait to find out about other items - computers, phones, remote controls etc

1 year, 7 months ago on Why I Love My Blender


Hello fellow aussie blogger! I read a few places I've seen you, but I'm not a PF blogger, I'm over everything :p Zero waste and house DIY and general blathering on.  Whereabouts in Aust are you?

I have a lump sum of cash which is an emergency fund (it will become mortgage offset soon too, doing double duty).  I also cocontribute to super, which is doing GREAT For me, having started younger, and I feel like it will pay dividends over time.

1 year, 7 months ago on Four Top Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances