Gratuitous nature shot to remind me how beautiful our planet is and how I need to look after it. This is in Norway. I loved Norway. LOVED IT.
The past week was an interesting experiment, and I have a few matters to pursue in order to further reduce my waste. My first goal is to send nothing to landfill. After that can be achieved, I will work on trying not to create any garbage at all. I also realised how I make rubbish without even thinking about it, and I definitely recommend this experiment even if only for a day to draw your attention to how much you actually throw away.
Firstly, I need to compost. So much of our waste comes from veggie bits and bobs that I really need to work out a way to compost them and then dispose of the compost. I also need to work out a way to compost without using the EM in the plastic bag. Tricky. I shall keep hassling the local government and also see if anyone I know needs any. They did just close the garden centre at the supermarket (damn), so maybe people will get desperate.
Secondly, I need to make my menstrual cycle completely zero waste. Well, as close to zero as possible. As I mentioned, I am seriously considering a menstrual cup, but am a bit nervous about them. Not sure why, but I just am. They are also silicone, so that's not ideal, but the sea sponge thing grosses me out.
Thirdly, I need to see if I can find an even better toilet paper solution. I found coreless, so that waste will be no more, but it would be ideal to find unbleached and not wrapped in plastic. Hm. I do have to remember, this is Japan....
Fourth, I need to continue to focus on finding ways to reduce buying stuff in packaging - especially that which is non-recyclable, but with an aim for no packaging whatsoever. Again...Japan... land of packaging.
In addition, I need to find out about textile recycling - especially for small pieces such as scraps from sewing. I will contact the local government about this too.
Finally, I need to sort out the junk mail. I will talk to Mr O about the no junk mail sign. Another temporary alternative might be to use it as wrapping paper so at least it gets reused.....or even to make it into paper....again.
I am also considering being a garbage raider - digging things that are perfectly useable out of our very clean and tidy skips in the apartment block and putting them back into circulation if possible - maybe via Freecycle and so on.
Crazy lady alert.