Eight Acres - the blog — plastic

Plastic Free July

Jul 18 2020 19 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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Plastic-free packaging

Oct 28 2019 0 Comments Tags: plastic

My only problem was how to post the soap orders without plastic. Until recently, the most convenient option that allowed me to automatically calculate postage costs, was the prepaid Australia Post satchels. These are made of plastic, and I wasn't happy about using them, but it was also important to me that postage was cheap and easy for my customers.

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Book review: Waste Not - make a big difference by throwing less away

Mar 16 2019 0 Comments Tags: book review, plastic, waste

I have been following Erin Rhoad's blog The Rogue Ginger for years, and I love her clever tips for reducing waste.  I was pretty happy to find her book Waste Not at the airport, something to read on a long flight and enjoy while on holiday.

Overall, I enjoyed the practical advice (you know it all comes from Erin's personal experience).  The small steps will help someone completely new to the concept to get started without becoming overwhelmed.  The solutions are equally parts DIY and how to buy, so if you don't have time to make everything you can choose to buy, but if you can't afford to buy everything you can choose to make your own.  The photography really is stunning and helps to illustrate the tools, tips and tricks.

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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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