Journey so far… AND SOME EXCITING NEWS…
How is it already half way through February?! Anyone else think that time is speeding up?
So today is payday and when that day rolls around, normally most people go shopping …. Not this little black duck …. Today marks day 43 in my second no spend year – the interesting thing is some days are super easy & some days I just want to spend every cent I’ve worked my backside off to have. Anyone else feel this way?
I work in a coffee shop right next door to a very busy supermarket. This gives me the opportunity to witness first hand the madness that is grocery shopping. PLASTIC IS EVERYWHERE!! They are now shrink-wrapping bananas !!!! What the??With the label “for your convenience” – how is it more convenient to have to unwrap the plastic off of an already perfectly naturally packaged item such as a banana?! Seriously, we as a society have become obsessed with plastic. So much so that they have predicted that by 2025 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans!!! What the???!!
Ah that time of year again when you see the shops filled with stressed, overtired parents, dragging their winging kids behind them, carrying stationary lists, looking confused, bewildered and longing for it to be “over.” So many $$$ spent on brand new latest and greatest “things” because it’s not cool to use the same backpack or lunch box or shoes 2 Years in a row – heaven forbid.
It saddens me that we as a society are raising kids that simply expect that this is the way that life is. Just because we no longer particularly love the item, or we’ve seen something better, prettier, more flashy, these days that means we simply shove our previous items in a cupboard or drawer, and go buy the latest thing. How very, very sad…
2017! Wow, what a year. My first year of “Buy Nothing New.”
Many people have done this challenge, however few have done it while living in a home with 2 small children and a partner that is still in the early stages of understanding “zero waste.”
Last year while on our annual motorcycle ride, I had 2 weeks to just think and re-evaluate our world, consumerist wise. As I packed for the bike trip I looked at what I was taking for a 2-week trip and realised just how little I needed to be clothed, warm and happy.
It is believed that Australians throw away around 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, with 90 percent of disposable coffee cups end up in landfill. While many look like they’re made of paper, they contain plastic linings that don’t biodegrade. Disposable coffee cups are estimated to be the second largest contributor to litter waste after plastic bottles. With Australians’ growing love of coffee, without action the problem could become even worse....