"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Less waste, no landfill

My mission in 2018 is to become single use anything free.  I passionately hate single use plastic - in all it's forms.

Back in September 2017 I posted this pic with the question "Does anyone know their purpose...?"  Mum was the only one who came close with her comment: "Not a clue apart from wraps for sandwiches."
Cotton fabric and grated bees wax - sourced locally.
What is depicted in that photo (above) is some cotton fabric, and some locally sourced grated wax (shown here in a single use plastic bag 😞.  You see how insidiously it creeps into the home...?) 
Different sized pieces of fabric
The wax is, with the assistance of a cool iron, melted onto the fabric.
A piece of waxed wrap easily covers freshly baked goods from
 my bread machine
As kitchen towels were disappointing in their effectiveness for keeping freshly baked bread fresh for long, I have made various size wraps and have ensured that there is at least one large enough to adequately enclose my homemade bread / cakes from my bread machine.  
The addition of some spare buttons allows me to secure
  the wrap round my loaves

After 37 years of marriage (on 1st November) I have plenty of "spare" buttons so I have sewn a button on two opposite ends, and wrapped some string (which is easily replaceable as, and when, it becomes tatty) around them.  That ensures that the wrap won't open and holds as close a seal as possible.  
I have, over a year, purchased a number of different sized
 sealable containers in which to store leftovers in the fridge.
 These are just some of them...
I'm one happy little puppy.  Having sucessfully ditched single use plastic cling-wrap and bags for my lidded glass containers, I now have the means to cover freshly made sandwhiches, bowls of left overs, freshly baked goods and even half avocado's, lemons, etc. with an hygienic, sealed warp.

Cleaning is simple - merely wash in cool water, or wipe with a damp cloth.

My next mission?  Eliminating aluminium foil from this house...  (Christmas roasts, garlic bread, etc.)

14 comments:

Mum said...

Ooh, well done me for being nearly close. I do so hate throwing things away and chucking away plastic in any shape or form worries me as it will not decay and return to the earth for a very long time. Well done you for doing something about it.
xx

Harry Flashman said...

Seems like a good thing to try. We try not to waste much here, either.

Dani said...

Mum - Truth be told you got it spot on ;) Did you mean "waxed" wraps for sandwiches?? Yeah, though we have a recycling depot near enough, there are some plastics which don't qualify...

Dani said...

Harry - Single use anything only makes the manufactures wealthy. What it does for this planet is only negative.

Shirley said...

Happy Anniversary, I think I'll need to have a think in my home :)

Dani said...

Shirley - Thank you :D Glad to have inspired you... ;)

Eleanor Trebicki said...

Love your blog. Have a look at Bea Johnson's website Zero waste home. Also Colleen Black has started a FB group Zero waste South Africa. Lots of tips and tricks. Eleanor

Dani said...

Eleanor - Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

Thank you for the suggestions - I know of Bea Johnston and also already belong to Zero Waste South Africa on FB ;) One is NEVER too old to learn...

1st Man said...

I love that idea!!! So is the wax melted onto both sides? I'm going to have to google that. Thank you for this and yes, I "hear you" in my head all the time at the store. Keep inspiring! Even a ripple can eventually create a wave.

Dani said...

1st Man - No need to add wax to both sides as it is absorbed by the cotton fabric as the wax melts.

Oi - don't like the thought that I'm in your head - except, of course, if it's helping to save this planet... ;)

Marlin Andrus said...

Good idea. Thanks. We have replaced the plastic bags at stores by using cloth bags we take with us. This will be great in the refrigerator.

Dani said...

You're very welcome Marlin. Well done on ditching plastic shopping bags. These work a treat ;)

Leigh said...

I am right there with you in hating plastic! I find jars work well for most leftovers except breads and baked goods. I have re-used, and re-used, and re-used my ancient plastic zip-bags to the point where I finally need something new and don't want to buy those again! I've seen the waxed cloth wraps and love your addition of buttons. Very nice.

Dani said...

Leigh - I re-use glass jars also, but find that the lids aren't as long lasting - especially when they come into contact with anything acidic like vinegar.

The buttons - after 37 years of marriage I have PLENTY of spare buttons :D