This week I was challenged to be real with the zero waste community's expectations and my own integrity. I am guilty of sometimes pushing away items in the background that are not as highly regarded in eco value so that they are not in the frame. I want to stop doing that for aesthetic’s sake. The jar of rubbish that trademark zero-wasters sometimes resembles pilgrimage, and I have been contemplating a lot as to how I relate to the low impact movement.
Week 2 was a week of reflections and being honest with our motives. After all, it is a change in thinking and lifestyle that involves activism. The kind of change that will only be better if we can sustain it. It is a good reminder to be mindful. Thinking about how much are we paying attention to the way we live.
The only way we'll be able to do that, is, to be honest. In this recap, we decided to show you our recycling, and all the plastic we've collected from our household so far.
The overall theme for Week 3: Skint. Our budget for the coming two weeks is getting tight and it really shows how it affected us in our plastic-free shopping. Because of that, we have turned our cabinets upside down, using every bit of food we can find. Many of which the packagings are plastic that is purchased before this challenge. We are not trying to make excuses here, just thought we will put it out there.
- - When it comes to groceries. If I couldn’t avoid plastic packaging, the least I can do is to pick something that is clearly labelled what type of plastic they are.
- - The other big plunge in plastic-tally will be pet related items. Dog food packaging, snacks or any form of accessories tend to package in plastic. Our solution is to save up *suitable* food scraps. We've been giving our dog Dashi remains (Kombu, Bonito Flakes), tomato peels.. It also helps that our four-legged housemate is not too picky with his food. Make sure to check first, just to be safe before you compost anything via your fluffy companion's belly.
- - Snacking is impossible. So we make our own snacks. All our snacks are fruits, or homemade goodies like Hobnobs using flax meal from making flax milk, chocolate bites and banana bread. All of which are MADE IN BATCH and stored away for the week, so that they last a little longer than 30 seconds from when they are made.
- - We went to a screening of Plastic China by Jiuliang Wang, organized by Conscious Cinema and Zero Waste Life. Every bit of the story of the two families who run a plastic recycling facility is what the word environmental injustice means. We both have a lot of thoughts welled up inside after watching the movie. The movie definitely tied into what this challenge is about.