Eight Acres - the blog — plastic

Plastic Free July

Jul 01 2018 2 Comments Tags: plastic

The idea of Plastic Free July is to try for a month to actively avoid single-use plastic.  You can sign up for the whole month, or just a week, and you can avoid all single-use plastic or just the TOP 4 challenge (plastic bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups & straws).  This is a collation of all my tips and tricks to avoid plastic this July.

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We don't have any cling wrap either

Jul 05 2017 0 Comments Tags: plastic

Last week I wrote about how we don't have a microwave and I really don't miss it.  So continuing the theme of "weird things about my kitchen", we also don't have any plastic cling wrap or paper towels.  And we haven't had them for so long I can hardly remember why we ever needed them.

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Plastic: a toxic love story - book review

May 24 2017 0 Comments Tags: chemicals, plastic

I just read a book that I couldn't put down, its called Plastic: a toxic love story.  Its about how plastic has became so pervasive in our lives and so dangerous to our health and that of our planet.  I've read about this kind of thing before, particularly in "Slow Death by Rubber Ducky", but this new book really explained a few things that hadn't clicked before

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Three simple ideas: Use less resources

Apr 08 2015 0 Comments Tags: plastic, simple life

A simple life, not to be confused with an easy life, is defined on Wikipedia as follows:
Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle. These may include reducing one's possessions, generally referred to as Minimalism, or increasing self-sufficiency, for example. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have...

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Homemade realfood muesli bars (granola bars)

Jul 26 2013 0 Comments Tags: dehydrator, plastic, real food, snacks, woodstove

During Plastic Free Julywe have been saving any single-use plastic that would normally be thrown away, so that we can assess at the end of July just how much plastic we consume and how we could reduce that. Throughout the month I also tested ways that we may reduce that plastic as we go. This isn't a competition, its a learning experience, so its not cheating if you start to change some of your...

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