Born the 31st of December in 1957, so turning 60 soon… I always envisioned it to be a big birthday, an opportunity for reflection, a milestone. Or is age just a number after all? It certainly is the age where you do begin noticing the disconnection between how old you feel and how old you look. But then again it is also the moment where one knows what one will and will not tolerate, and will understand what things one wants to pursue, or not. What it certainly is not at all “the beginning of the end” as my mother would say!
A lifestyle choice does matter. Let’s begin clearly with the main point I believe in: you decide what feels like the best choice for you in your life. If everybody tries to do their best, whilst some will say it isn’t good enough, I say it is definitely better than doing nothing. So my question today: did you ever think about bananas or coconut as basic clothing material? Style up your game: manmade fabrics are greening up!
For my daughter’s wedding (table) decorations, even her bride’s bouquet, we used Serpevivum, a lovely plant already growing in one of the stone plant pots in our garden when we bought our house here in the South of France. It soon became my favourite next to Santolina. It is a plant that really lives forever in any condition (except wet soil and waterlogged roots), thriving on rocky, sandy soil with low fertility, its ideal growing conditions, and one that keeps on producing offsets.
We have had chicken ever since we moved to the South of France, mostly for the eggs. I do always like a handsome rooster in the coop too, just for the pretty sight of it. Our Orpington rooster alas, we found one afternoon dead in the coop, so all we had left was our flock of pretty Orpington chicken. Although we read that this breed has good mothering instincts and certain breeds (Orpington!) are more likely to turn broody in the summer months (although it can happen at any time of the year), we were in for the eggs….
The last blog posts told you all about my baby steps to zero waste living so far. Time to start writing about other stuff, but to give you an idea of what we’ve actually changed since reading Bea Johnson’s book, this last post about zero waste living. Enjoy some amazing views of the wonderful region we live in, nature at its best, worth preserving for our grandchildren by a zero waste style of living.
More and more cities are banning plastic bags at grocery and other stores. But if you’re avoiding plastic and buy bulk, loose veg, rice, coffee, nuts, potatoes, lentils you can’t just drop them in your general shopping bag. So why not make your own reusable drawstring (easiest closure!) cloth produce bags? If you tend to use 10 plastic produce bags a week to house your shopping, you’ll save 500 plastic bags this year!
Let’s tackle a serious reality for us pet owners: what goes in, must come out… How to dispose of dog and cat’s food tins, the waste of packed dog biscuits and food sacks, but most important cat litter and dog poop, can be an issue! From point of view of recycling: our dogs are all rescue dogs but one.
We live in the countryside, have 9 (of which 8 rescue) dogs, so when the weather is awful we often bring mud from the fields inside, whether we try to avoid it or not. So yes, cleaning happens here a lot, hence loads of cleaning products! We’re not the magazine white impeccable household, we have a home where we live and thrive. I do want to make important non-chemical, preferably zero waste changes, but I need changes that work and are doable!
My immersion into the Zero Waste lifestyle included deciding to make my own body wash based on bar of soaps, I read everywhere that Castile soap was the best. So I ordered two bars of soap (Brand: Dr Bronner) online only to find out that I should have taken a closer look at its ingredients (it contained palm oil which I do NOT want to use in any of my household products as it causes orangutans to go extinct), so I started to look up info about soaps. Moreover, I discovered a local new shop selling homemade soaps where I would love to go and buy my soap instead of ordering it online. OMG what did I learn about soaps!
The picture of an ice bear on the last small piece of floating ice in the ocean, might be something we can block out and pretend it isn’t real, but we all know that our earth is in trouble and that this is our last warning to turn the tide. But how come that people just stubbornly refuse to do so, although they have children, grandchildren and wish them all the best…. A world to live in, clean air and water seems to be the most important gift one can give to one’s children so I’m trying to make every effort to make a difference on my way to going zero waste!