Since we’ve been trying to reduce our waste, we’ve also tested lots of recipes and tips to lower our waste. Some of them were great and have become parts of our routine, and others, were, well, not so great. Keep in mind that it’s only our experience, and that you might end up loving what we hate and vice-versa!! The best way to know is to try and see what works for you!!
It’s December, and it’s cold here near Paris, which is quite normal and even a bit reassuring, if I’m honest. I cover my car in the evenings to be spared the tedious task of scraping off ice in the mornings, I watch my favourite shows buried under a plaid and make my family hot cocoa on Sunday afternoons. I rather like winter, in fact (I like all 4 seasons if I’m honest, although summer is a bit of a bother when you don’t tan). But as someone who tries to have a rather minimalist and most of all sustainable wardrobe, it can be a challenge to dress at this period of the year.
As I reviewed my wardrobe last week, I realized that I was not wearing my high-school graduation tee-shirt, despite having refashioned it to better suit me. It went from weird XL shirt to cute top, but I would not wear it.
So I decided that it would not do, and thought about what I could do with it that would allow me to wear it. I have plenty of tops, but only two nightshirts, so I thought it could be a good idea!
Clothes have always played a big role in societies throughout the ages. They used to tell what you were doing for a living, how well off you were, if you were married or a widow, and so on. Today they have lost a bit of their most specific meanings, but they still say something about you, whether you want it or not. They’re ‘our chosen skin’ as Safia Minney from People Tree would say. And today’s clothes are very different from what our ancestors used to know: once expensive and well-cared for, they are now cheap and disposable. Fashion trends don’t last more than a few weeks – as does most of what the fast fashion industry produce. It’s an ecological and social disaster on all levels. So, how can we do different? Here’s what I have done.
We are in the process of redecorating our dining room – we take all our meals there, and we like to have family and friends over to share good food, it’s a very important place in our appartment, and we would like for it to be a bit nicer. But instead of running to Ikea to buy new stuff -which is often our first impulse, let’s be honest- we’re trying to do it in a frugal, low-waste way!
Our 4 chairs are about 13 years old and in good condition, except for the seat cover: it’s straw, and with 2 children and a cat at home, it’s definitely seen better days. We’ve decided to see what we could do to make it look nicer, and comfier!
A quick post to complete my entry about Christmas wrapping! I’ve seen it here and there and wanted to test it with a few Christmas cards salvaged from work – we receive a few every year and they always end up in the trash bin, so no one fought me for them!
The idea is to keep only the decorated part, that’s not written on! You’ll need a few cards, a rotary cutter and a mat (or a good pair of scissors!) and a ruler. That’s it!
There are plenty of things that I do that aren’t zero waste – or even, let’s say, low waste, which I find a more realistic goal. There is something disturbing behind the perfect zero waste pictures you see on Instagram, or the perfect zero waste lives you spy on YouTube: they ignore that the real world isn’t zero waste friendly for the most part, and that sometimes you haven’t a choice.