TRIM YOUR WASTE
Could you reduce your waste by 80 per cent qualified in 30 rocket days? scientist Anita Vandyke, (Bachelor a of Engineering – Aeronautical Space) and waste warrior behind a successful Instagram feed (@rocket_science) says you can. She wrote a book, A Zero Waste Life, to show you how.
1. NO (PLASTIC) BAGS, NO WORRIES
“Often, we don’t need a plastic bag for items which we can put in our handbag, store in a reusable shopping bag or even just hold with our hands,” Anita says. “The maths doesn’t add up – the average use for a single-use plastic bag is 15 minutes, but it takes hundreds of years for this bag to break down.”
2. DO A BIN AUDIT
“Go home and do a bin audit today,” Anita says. “Put on some reusable gloves and see what you’re actually throwing away and sending to landfill. This allows you to see what the ‘frequent flyers’ are in your home – is it food waste? Is it disposable coffee cups? Whatever, it is, this is a great reality check to start making sensible switches.”
3 REDUCE CLUTTER 3.
Next up, put yourself on a spending ban. “Do this for one week or one month. By stopping your shopping, you can stop bringing explains. buying before clutter “Go through you into buy your the something home,” hierarchy Anita new of – ask yourself the question, do I really need it? Can I make do with something I already have? Can I borrow it?” Then remove the excess. “Over the past three years I’ve gotten rid of over 70 per cent of my items. This has
helped me save so much time, money and energy.”
4. DIY BEAUTY
“Did you know that most commercial body and face scrubs contain microbeads? Microbeads are tiny balls of plastic used in body scrubs that act as the exfoliant. Microbeads are then eaten by marine life and end up back in our food chain. They are highly toxic to the environment and completely unnecessary. I’ve chosen to replace all my exfoliants with a DIY sugar scrub that costs less than $1 to make and works a treat.” To make this, simply combine 1⁄3 cup brown sugar (the finer the better) with 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil, 1⁄3 cup of olive oil and a few drops of your favourite essential oils (optional).
5. EXPERIENCES OVER STUFF
“In our deaths, we want to be remembered for our character, the experiences we had and the love we shared, so why do we focus so much on ‘stuff ’ in our everyday lives? I now care less about the brands I wear, whether I live in the ‘right’ suburb and the sort of car I drive. But I care more about purpose-driven work, the love of my husband and the joy of my family and friends. In other words, I care more about what will be said in my eulogy, and less about what’s in my resume.”
A Zero Waste Life by Anita Vandyke (Penguin Random House, RRP 19.99) is available now.