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#1 purpleduck

Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:10 PM

I'm really surprised, I did a quick search and can't see any threads on EB. (please post any links if I'm missed it)

Who else watched them? Who else is making changes to their household and other waste habits?

I'm rather depressed about the sheer volume of waste we produce as a country, and am looking into educating myself and my family more about recycling etc.

What did you guys think and what, if anything, do you think you can change in your lifestyle to be more sustainable?

:)

#2 Kafkaesque

Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:12 PM

I saw part of the one the other night on coffee cups. I was horrified at the number of cups going to landfill. I already use a keep cup and feel quite guilty when I forget it but from now on I won't buy coffee take away if I don't have it.

#3 ljbellus

Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:25 PM

I watched and was horrified by the coffee cups too.  I have invested in a reusable coffee travel mug and will use that or go without from now on.  

My DD watched the show with me and cried because I bought her a hot chocolate in a take away cup 3 months ago.  We know better now.

I have become a lot more mindful of things ending up in landfill, and what my family can do to reduce our impact.

Great show.

#4 Fennel Salad

Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:38 PM

Look, the messages are great a d scary.. but i found it hard to get past smarmy Craig.. you know looking into the camera winking kind of thing. Was it 2007 or 2017?? I found the delivery offputting and i was a chaser/cnnn fan? Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky?

#5 MarigoldMadge

Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:48 PM

there is a zero waste thread here - http://www.essential...aste-lifestyle/

We haven't put our general waste bin for 5 weeks now - feeling really chuffed but I've become one of those people who points out to my work colleagues that they haven't recycled, or glares at the person at the grocer putting their bananas in a bag... :closedeyes:

There are some fantastic blogs/FB groups out there, and it's actually really easy to make some significant changes to our waste habits.

#6 *daisy*may*

Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:49 PM

Left me feeling overwhelmed, guilty and shocked! I/we make conscious efforts to reduce, grow our own, compost, use reusable bags etc. but oh my goodness the amount we are producing is astounding and the way we've been mislead into think things could be recycled that can't ... or more to point it's too much work so dump it in landfills!

#7 ELKO

Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:01 PM

I have today been sewing reusable sandwich and snack bags to try to reduce our use of glad wrap.

We already use the beeswax covers for bowls in the fridge etc

#8 purpleduck

Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:08 PM

View PostELKO, on 01 June 2017 - 10:01 PM, said:

I have today been sewing reusable sandwich and snack bags to try to reduce our use of glad wrap.

We already use the beeswax covers for bowls in the fridge etc


Oooh, where can one buy beeswax covers please? we usually transfer leftovers into plastic containers with lids that seal, but I like other options :)

#9 ELKO

Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:14 PM

Just google beeswax wraps and there are lots and instructions how to make your own. I bought our original ones but am planning to make some.

#10 MarigoldMadge

Posted 01 June 2017 - 10:14 PM

View PostELKO, on 01 June 2017 - 10:01 PM, said:

I have today been sewing reusable sandwich and snack bags to try to reduce our use of glad wrap.

We already use the beeswax covers for bowls in the fridge etc

I made a bread loaf bag on the weekend from an old pillowcase - spoke to my local baker and they are perfectly ok with me bringing my own bag for sliced bread.

Avoids the plastic bag and also the twistie as well.

I saw this on an instagram account I follow - we have one of these old curtains, might give it a whirl.

https://www.instagra...pslandunwrapped

#11 kpingitquiet

Posted 02 June 2017 - 04:27 PM

I found it interesting that two of the people highlighted for using or discounting reusable cups were North American (one has lost some of his accent though). My guess is Vancouver/Seattle extraction lol

As for us, our waste is a lot but not extreme, though we are disposable diaper users. I hate using plastic bags in the produce section and we make our coffee at home. We used to have a horrible bottled water habit, buying 1-3 bottles nearly every time we went out, but about 5 years ago I totally lost my patience with it and bought us a range of reusable bottles which we are still currently using. I think we average 1-3 disposable bottled waters per year now. We do not have much food waste largely because my family got sick of me screaming at them for letting food go bad or not eating leftovers. That and I tend to use lots of bits and pieces and make stocks or use up overripe fruits in baking. We need more recycling space, though!

#12 Peanut

Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:30 PM

I'm watching, its a really good program and boy, is it eye opening in some parts!

Renewing our efforts at reducing waste and recycling more.

#13 NastyGal

Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:41 PM

I'm watching too, as are my two DDs. It certainly is an eye opener. I was shocked that food in landfill creates methane that's 25 times worse than carbon dioxide. I've been inspired to resurrect our compost bin that had been retired at the end of the back garden, and also to start a collection of soft plastics to recycle at our local Coles through REDcycle which seems to pass the War on Waste test.

We're on a tight budget so clothes enjoy a long life in our house already. It was so interesting watching my DDs' reactions to those girls last week who were initially horrified at the idea of wearing the same outfit twice. My 8 yo DDs mouth was literally hanging open :laugh:  

Our rubbish bin has been half or less than half full at the end of the week now, rather than almost full as it was. Am aiming to get it close to zero! Need to check out some of those zero waste sites.

Edited to clarify bin type.

Edited by NastyGal, 02 June 2017 - 06:50 PM.


#14 archyandmehitabel

Posted 02 June 2017 - 07:06 PM

View PostNastyGal, on 02 June 2017 - 06:41 PM, said:

I'm watching too, as are my two DDs. It certainly is an eye opener. I was shocked that food in landfill creates methane that's 25 times worse than carbon dioxide. I've been inspired to resurrect our compost bin that had been retired at the end of the back garden, and also to start a collection of soft plastics to recycle at our local Coles through REDcycle which seems to pass the War on Waste test.

We're on a tight budget so clothes enjoy a long life in our house already. It was so interesting watching my DDs' reactions to those girls last week who were initially horrified at the idea of wearing the same outfit twice. My 8 yo DDs mouth was literally hanging open :laugh:  

Our rubbish bin has been half or less than half full at the end of the week now, rather than almost full as it was. Am aiming to get it close to zero! Need to check out some of those zero waste sites.

Edited to clarify bin type.

I was interested in the rant Karl Stefanovic did (today?) about the Daily Mail's latest snide attack on him.  In it he mentioned that the a while ago the Daily Mail had triumphantly noted that Lisa Wilkinson had worn the same outfit twice on the program - about 4 months apart!

Craig R's comment that social pressure on women to wear new stuff all the time came to mind when he said that!

I too was stunned to learn that buried waste produces methane rather than decomposing like a compost bin.  And I didn't know about the REDCycle either!

#15 MrsMuzz82

Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:01 PM

I watched it also and honestly I was surprised that take away cups couldn't be recycled! So this week I took my mug from the staff room at Uni and went down to the cafe with it instead of getting a take away. Not only did I save $.50 (which they don't advertise so I had no idea...! But yay!), it started a whole conversation and a couple of other teachers decided they would do the same. I feel like I've started a mini movement.

I already bring my own shopping bags but we don't compost. In other countries, councils actually run compost facilities. People have a separate small bin for compostable food scraps. The council then uses the compost in local parks and sells extra. It would be good to see the same thing here. I don't garden and we don't have any use for compost, but I feel like I should do it just to reduce our waste. I think food scraps would be a big part of our general waste.

And then there's all that packaging you get with food. I've tried to find places we can buy dry goods bulk style, but the closest is a 30 minute drive so ya not happening!

I could also stand to use less plastic wrap / plastic storage bags for things in the fridge.

In terms of clothes, I long ago gave up fast fashion! I make my own when I can, and when I buy, I try to find good quality that will last. Sometimes, it's not possible to find ethically made clothes, but I figures if I'm buying 1 pair of jeans that is lasting years instead of 10 pairs in that time that's at least something...

#16 harmonic_wizz_fizz

Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:30 PM

I will watch when I get a chance.

I personally think one of the biggest issues with waste is that things are deliberately produced 'cheap and nasty', even high end brands these days. So instead of buying a jumper and it lasts 5 years, you will only get a year out of it, so you have to buy another jumper next year.

I'm glad the ACC has tightened up and I hope people are letting people know if items are not of merchantable quality!

Some of the things we do are take our own lunch to work, make coffee at work, pass on children's clothes and toys, used cloth nappies. And we try to be paperless at work as much as possible.

ETA: SA has fantastic laws on plastic shopping bags and drink container recycling. I believe all the other states have bought in the container deposit laws too :yes:

Edited by harmonic_wizz_fizz, 02 June 2017 - 08:31 PM.


#17 Jembo

Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:45 PM

We watch it as well.  I was quite shocked at the food waste,I knew it happened but had no idea of the scale.  It made me realise that subconciously when I do my fruit and veg shopping I pick up stuff and look it and choose the stuff that is not mishappen. This week I looked for the stuff that was not perfect

I also ordered re-useable produce bags after watching it (kicking myself I did not do that years ago - they are fab). I already use re-useable bags for everything else, but never did for fruit & veg for some reason.  We also have chooks, compost & a worm farm so all our food scraps are re-used.

We sadly have no recycling where we live (only one waste bin), however I found a local cafe that takes stuff to the city so have now started saving our glass & plastic to be able to send with them.

We don't take away coffee, but it did make me think about my clothes and the ones I buy the kids more.

I am enjoying it because it is making me think about my choices and how I do thigs and alter it.  I thought in some things I was already doing okay, but it made me see I could do better.

#18 Lunafreya

Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:01 PM

Some things are just such a waste of packaging. The individually wrapped slices of banana bread you can buy. Celery sticks chopped up snack size and wrapped in plastic. I wish I could grow more herbs as I know we waste those when they wilt in the fridge after not being used.

#19 purpleduck

Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:14 PM

I'm still gobsmacked by those girls and they amount of shopping that they did.... where are they getting the money and how can the be so completely clueless?? :(

I can understand wearing a wedding or formal dress once, but regular clothes?? :(

#20 ~elle~

Posted 03 June 2017 - 12:59 AM

I didn't realise how much turnover there is in fashion.

I have definitely noticed the quality isn't what it used to be - also prices aren't what they used to be either.

This has been a really good series and hopefully there will be more to come!

#21 raechel82

Posted 03 June 2017 - 08:24 AM

This program was a reminder that I need to do better.

The fashion was absolutely crazy. But I know that I have tops that I have worn very few times. I wear a uniform for work so I don't need many clothes. This is something I need to work on.

#22 Nobody Cool

Posted 03 June 2017 - 08:28 AM

View Post~elle~, on 03 June 2017 - 12:59 AM, said:

I didn't realise how much turnover there is in fashion.

I have definitely noticed the quality isn't what it used to be - also prices aren't what they used to be either.

This has been a really good series and hopefully there will be more to come!

I've been an avid op shopper for 25 years and to see the change over the last few years is quite remarkable. So many new or near new items (lots with tags still attached) are in op shops now. You used to be looking at racks of older styles from a few years ago but now so much of it is this season's trends and current fashions.

Great for me as an op shopper but terrible for the planet. I buy literally all my clothing and accessories at op shops except for socks and undies. Clothing, jackets, scarfs, handbags, shoes, jewellery and accessories. I can't remember the last time I bought something new.

And when I look at items from brands like H & M etc I am shocked by the poor quality and condition of them. It literally does look like they are only made to last a few wears before falling out of shape or falling apart. They aren't even worth buying at op shop prices.

#23 Nozycat

Posted 03 June 2017 - 10:28 AM

I use Freecycle a lot, great way to pass on things I have no use for anymore and get things I can use others can't.

#24 Babetty

Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:37 AM

I dropped off my first bag of soft plastic recyclables to Coles this morning! Was also more conscious of the packaging as I did the grocery shop.

I don't really garden but I do have the space for a compost bin, so might start one anyway and figure out what to do with the results later.

#25 LuckyMummy ♥♥

Posted 03 June 2017 - 12:23 PM

Hubby says heaps of people at work now have a reusable coffee cup. He works in the city.

Small thing, but we recently changed from a big rubbish bin inside to a tiny one under the sink. The inconvenience of emptying it all the time has made me recycle a LOT more. Because we have a big recycling bin inside. Made me realise how lazy I had been before.




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