A simple weekly shop

Zero Waste Shopping Tips.jpgMy nan used to say that what you spend at the greengrocer, you save at the doctor’s. I have been going to the same green grocer every week for the past six years – he has seen me single, pregnant, with a baby and now a son who tottles around the store with his little trolley opening blueberry packs and stealing nuts that fall in the dispenser tray.  I think Bob is about 70 odd and he’s told me before about watching kids grow up in his store, in fact I’m pretty sure that some of the boys who help carry my shopping back to the car are probably customer’s sons who were offered a job when they turned 15.

Shopping this way is good for everyone; the fruit & veg isn’t plastic wrapped like the supermarket’s and I know that the person who buys the fruit at the wholesale market has actually tasted it and had a conversation with the farmer. I can do almost my entire shop here waste-free save for the odd milk carton or yoghurt tub, and it’s cheaper overall when you consider that I’m not buying much packaged food and instead making most meals from scratch. A quick stop to the butcher and bakery next door and I’m done.

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Simple ways to reduce your footprint

Zero waste reusables horizontalSince having children I have become a lot more aware of the environment and making sure that we leave this earth in good condition for generations to come.

At first, working towards Zero Waste might seem overwhelming, however every little effort collectively makes an enormous difference. Even if you do just one thing, start shopping with a reusable bag or using a Keep Cup rather than a disposable coffee cup – every little plastic bag and coffee cup saved really does add up when change happens across millions of people.

Here’s a few relatively effortless ways to reduce your environmental footprint:

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A simple cleaning routine

Simple Cleaning copy_smlWhen you break it down you only need about five basic cleaning solutions to keep a natural clean home, I tend to refill nice spray bottles that I’ve bought in the past and I keep the labels on to make it clear which is which. Here are a few of my favourites based on the below pantry essentials to have on hand:

  • Bi-carb soda
  • Vinegar
  • Vodka
  • Vanilla essence
  • Essential oils

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