Nature’s great recyclers, really important as without them organic matter would not able to be absorbed by plants, important in pollination of native plants and crops… In compost flies are doing most of the work, eating scraps and then excreting and turning it into a substance plants can use when you put it back in the garden. The Musca Domestica to me however is just a pesky little annoying creature. As we live in an area with a lot of vegetation and thick shrubbery, we are ideal for the growth of flies. And let’s not forget as humans we are covered in dead skin cells, oil and salt which are all delicious to flies, to keep circling around us because to a housefly, we’re a veritable buffet.
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.
Often gazing at our surroundings allows us to truly appreciate the world, one of the amazing gifts of living here in the South of France. The beauty of nature can have a profound effect on our senses. We have magnificent starry nights but during the early spring days and certainly in summer, we do encounter little “pests”, creepy crawlies or flying little wonders. It’s the stingy ones, we’d rather not encounter in our private little haven or on our dogs. Let’s not try to ward them off with chemical products but give some natural DIY products a go.
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.
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!