Blogger has bags of advice
CREATIVE IDEAS TO AVOID WASTE
PERTH blogger Lindsay Miles says plastics are down-cycled into lesser quality plastics, so people should be mindful of what they buy, reuse what they have and choose more natural products.
She held workshops in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale on May 30, encouraging the audience to eat more fruit and vegetables and jump online for tutorials to find bulk food stores, farmers’ markets and tutorials for making their own produce such as cheese, yoghurt or even bathroom products.
“Do I want to create waste or do I was to avoid waste?” is the question she often asked herself after starting a Plastic Free July challenge. She slowly made permanent changes to her lifestyle and encouraged others to do the same through her website www.treadingmyownpath.com.
“I feel like if you can afford to buy a cup of coffee, you can afford to buy a reusable cup,” she said.
Mrs Miles said people often avoided change due to cost, time or not knowing how to do things for themselves.
“Anything will either cost money or time and you can get on Google and find out how to make stuff,” she said.
Mrs Miles encouraged people to look second-hand for goods on Gumtree or similar, and consider borrowing before buying new. Reuse the jars you buy and remove the labels with eucalyptus oil and natural fibre dish brush. Use a teapot and compost the tea leaves instead of using foil-wrapped teabags. Re-think dinner gifts and picnics – instead of boxed chocolates, take potted herbs or homemade dips. Streamline your bathroom routine or buy from bulk stores using your own container. Line a small kitchen bin with layers of newspaper in lieu of a bin liner. Do a litter collection or a tour of a landfill or recycling plant for motivation.