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Back To School: Reduce-Reuse

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Reduce-Reuse
The school asked 4 fabric napkins per kid.
Wonderful initiative replacing disposable paper by reusable fabric.
Just a quick math about 8 weeks of school holidays per year, 3 kids that’s about 540 meals taken at school, that amount of paper napkins saved.
I understand it is more washing to do, but massive savings on resources used at the factory to produce paper napkins, packaging, transportation, garbage plastic bag used to trash them, then transpiration to landfills.
Remember as parents we have power to change the way school deal with waste.
Come up with solutions, even the most simple and please share you will be surprised how open administration can be, better team with other parents too.
We used 2 of hubby old work shirts made out of super soft cotton that are now stained and cut squares and rectangles to make 12 fabric napkins and few handkerchiefs.
It is all about Reduce- Reuse

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I am not perfect…meaning I am human.
I do indulge sometimes.
Magazines are definitely on my list of guilty pleasure with wine, coffee, chocolate, DVF dresses …
I try to go digital as much as possible and do subscribe to a few magazines online but sometimes one cannot resist/avoid them (airport, hospitalization..).
My beloved sister Anne visited me and brought a bunch of ‘light’ reading.
Plus, I had a few magazines from my hospitalization at Pantai Hospital (I have a very bad back).
Last week, I passed down all those magazines to a girlfriend, who will pass them on.
If you do indulge make sure to pass them on, life is all about balance and happiness.
Live by the 5Rs but find your balance and happiness.
This is a post to show that I am human too.

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ZW Handbag

Refuse- Reuse
My daily bag: tumbler- shopping bag- water bottle and … lunch box (I like to know what I eat).
All day in the office and empty bin next to me, it feels so good.
Plus, I did not drink a coffee/ tea in a toxic polystyrene cup, water in a toxic water bottle and ate hot lunch in a plastic container.
Remove 1 disposable at a time and replace it by 1 reusable.
Your habits will slowly change and before you know it you will not leave the house without your reusable bag smile emoticon
‪#‎zerowaste‬, ‪#‎zerodechet‬, ‪#‎greenliving‬, ‪#‎healthyliving‬

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Sunday Leftovers

Who says zero waste requires work and organization.
I love lazy Sunday evening, this is when we finish all our weekly leftovers.
This is a picture of our fridge on Sunday evening.
Left: after Sunday dinner, right: before Sunday dinner.
Our organic farmer delivers on Monday.
Sunday menu: chapatis, curry, spaghettis, meatballs, salmon (from Saturday fish does not keep for too long), avocados, bananas…
Kids always find it fun to just pick and choose a lit bit of everything on Sunday.
‪#‎zerowaste‬. ‪#‎zerodechet‬, ‪#‎savemoney‬, ‪#‎eatleftovers‬,‪#‎savetime‬,‪#‎respectfood‬, ‪#‎respecttheplanet‬,‪#‎green‬.
Look at your fridge, see how to make those leftovers a bit more appealing. Another trick I use is to take leftovers to the office for lunch, since I am always starving anything looks good at lunch time.Frame Artist-3

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Junk Mail

I wrote about it before but considering that in my estate only about 1/3 mailboxes have those little stickers on them I am guessing people are not informed enough about this little sticker and its powers.
It is free and at your local post office.
No one likes junk mail, let’s face it only a few of us bother to read it and it goes straight to the bin.
This junk mail is rarely printed on recycled or FSC labeled paper but it is printed on bleached, glossy paper and toxic ink, and we can guess that a fair amount of this paper comes from illegal logging from our beautiful forests in S-E Asia.
The respect for our beautifully living trees is long gone, but only blatant human stupidity, it is very basic our very own existence depends on the existence of trees.
Step 2 to reduce junk mail: After you put this sticker, collect all the mail you still receive and do not want for the next few months then give yourself 5 minutes and call all those numbers (legally it should be on the mail) to unsubscribe.
We collect our mail maybe every 2-3 weeks or sometimes once a month if I totally forget.
This little mailbox holds our few mails easily (It can probably hold our annual mail).
Free yourself from this junk and the constant messages of excessive consumerism (convincing you, you will not be happy unless you buy this product), it is extremely liberating to have an empty mailbox.

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