Apparently among all the bio, eco, healthy, crossfit, zumba, fitness trends society still works the very same way…
Driven by sheer ignorance and self-contentness.
So, I pose the questions…
You really think that by being a vegewhatsotarian you are doing shit to save the world? Whereas you double bag even the garbage?
Donating to a huge corporation helps the planet? And you are all done and can tap your back happily?
Yes, I am somewhat pissed.
I talk for Spain, because thereis, where I live.
Before you think, oh yes, so easy for you… nope it is not.
I am a pregnant girl juggling a fragile weekly budget of food, so it’s not like I can spend hundreds of Euros a week on bio shit in the poshiest bio store in Gracia.
Zero wasting is a new concept for most.
When you talk about it, each and every body poses as someone, who is well informed, explain how they recycle, etc.
Lovely, but it is a lie.
Sadly, not too many have read about this, let alone do anything about it.
Yup, I recycle… sometimes… like once a year?
Back at the beginning of the year, I had it clear. (after two years of paleo already)
I want clean eating for my family, not necessarily die-hard paleo, but fresh unprocessed, sugarfree, as for me lactose free, lot less gluten, etc.
Then I wondered, what about cosmetics?
I turned my shampoo around and was like WFT?
Will my baby need all that shit on his skin?
Then soon the recycling thought was sinking in.
I was always pro-recycling. My dad is one of these crazy dudes washing the yogurt cups to recycle and having monthly trips to the nearest recycling park to drop the more special pieces, if any.
He has his own grocery garden, he composts for about 30 years, which as a little girl I found pretty gross.
So yep, jump down my throat and tell me how recycling is a monopolized industry etc. Owned by the goevernment, whatever, but!
Do you know anything better?
Generating less or no waste.
But the people with this argument are not the ones doing it. I get this argument from people throwing everything in the landfill. And I’m harsh, because Baby daddy came up with this argument.
Until we had flatmates, making the concept into action was quite impossible.
We had two triple bagging die-hard vegetarians (one of them ate meat once a week, so her standpoint was pretty questionable, if not phoney) that even cleaned their potatoes with dishwashing liquid before desinfecting them… and never ever considered recycling as a serious thing.
2-3 bags of landfill a week. Maybe a tiny recycling, like water bottles, that nobody else but me bothered to take down…
Then we ended up, being us, Jordi and me and baby to come.
As for common costs.
No 5 rolls of paper cleaning wipes per week, not a huge pack of toilet paper used either, no unnecessary cleaning products by the loads.
So, I am a happy owner of some very useful recycled textile baggies for groceries, first thing I did.
Smaller ones serves you better.
I have gotten to reduce our garbage making more than considerably.
Instead of 3+ landfill bags a weeks, I take out a small bag (3kg-ish) of pure compostable every second-third day (and am devastated how Barcelona has the brown containers literally empty – as you see recycling is not obligatory here)
and the recycling bags are one or two in one two months, as of plastic and paper, maybe one jar a month as for cristal.
Without additional people in the household it got a lot easier, for sure.
I still struggle with limited material sources, with a baby on the way you think twice about buying anything for any other reason.
The donut and the croissant
Yes, the cravings. As cheatmeal as it gets. I eat 2-3 a week, butter croissant and sugarcovered donut, all fresh from the bakery.
Now those are greasy! So textile baggies? Nope. (while great for an occasional bread).
Right now I use recycled paper bags, I guess later I will get those is smaller tuppers, like little sandwich boxes.
I guess stopping to use cosmetics in excess is the key.
We use bio soap bars, aleppo soaps. It is already a great step, a tiny cellophane pack vs. The plastic bottle of shower gels.
My multiuse, skin/haircare product is coconut oil. Sometimes aloe vera for skin. (The leaf cut in half)
Coconut oil does miracles to pink hair.
We, finally use ayurvedic toothpaste, I’m about to get our first compostable toothbrushes. So with the toothpaste I do generate recycling garbage, but I had an epic fail on doing home made, grapefruit oil flavoured was no good. Will try again.
Also bio dishwasher for now. I still need to try home made natural recipes. (the washnut brew seems like an option to try)
So, stop dishwashing in flow water, tap opened to max. Foan the things and then rinse. Tadaa!
I cannot believe I had not discover washnuts before!!
For now, all baby related stuff and our underwear will be washed with washnuts and a drip of essenctial oil for scent.
Jordi’s supermegahiperdirty work clothing with cheap detergent. (jabon de marsella), which comes in a paper box.
(I can’t even remember when and why I started to use liquid detergent, I mean it is just stupidly unnecessary garbage once again, so I switched back now)
Rice oat and coconut milk are obviously not sold by the litre anywhere. Rice cream either. (I am lactose, or whatever milk ingredient intolerant – massive allergy testing is expensive if you were to ask, especially to find out, what I already know)
Protein powders. (I take none while pregnant)
Hemp seed (although I think I just found a place to buy by weight) or other superfoods that requires to be ordered online. I am saving up for bigger buys of all these.
Quality or packaging?
So good honey in a jar or shit honey by the weight in an overpriced hipster store?
Fair trade chocolate or chocolate by the weight?
Bafff. The hardest of it all.
People. Are. Idiots. Just jump back to the beginning of my post.
Start doing this and you will trip on the general stupidity around.