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When I read ‘Brave New World‘ in high school I was staggered by the idea of throw-away clothes. The kind you buy, wear once and then throw in the trash. I was amazed that a society could be so wasteful. And yet, disposable clothing, is a reality of modern society.

Yesterday was shopping day and, like every shopping trip lately I was surprised by the amount of products in the supermarket that I don’t buy anymore. Coles and Woolworths are stocked full of disposables. Disposable nappies & baby wipes, paper plates & cutlery, paper cups, plastic bags, baking paper, aluminium foil, gladwrap, paper serviettes, paper towel, cleaning wipes, bottled watertissues, batteries… and we don’t actually need any of it. Yet the demand is there and there are profits to be made so the supermarkets stock these products and big companies promote them.

With help from blogs like Down to Earth, Rowdy Kittens, & Small Notebook I have been steadily making small changes to our household. Each small step has been hardly noticeable but the overall impact of these changes has made a huge dent in our budget and reduced the amount of waste our family sends to the landfill each week.

The most recent small step has happened yesterday when I bought some lovely Swanky Hanky hankies from Botanical Grace, Yeronga. That’s right. I’m going to experiment using handkerchiefs. Something I haven’t used since kindergarten. I’ll let you know how it goes…


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  1. We just recently started recycling our trash. It is not mandatory in our city yet, but we thought we would give it a try. What we are amazed by is the amount of things that we threw out that could be recycled, and we were left with hardly any trash. This in turn, will save the city money on disposing of the trash, and our recycleables will go to good use. So, changing some of the ways you do things do count, although you might not see the change at first, it is all worth it in the end.

    • Hey, that’s awesome that you’ve begun recycling. It’s one of the easiest things you can do to reduce your impact on the planet. Although, there are reports that suggest recycling materials is actually more energy intensive than creating original materials.

      Recycling reduces the amount of virgin forests we have to tear down and the amount of oil we need to process for plastics. That’s gotta be a good thing right?

      Recycling is not mandatory here either but it is encouraged. I think most people have recycling bins on their properties. Whether they use them or not, well, that’s a different matter.

  2. It’s so cool going to the shops and skipping whole aisles now! I always get a kick out of it 🙂

    Bread? Gone
    Personal care? Gone
    Baby needs? Gone
    Biscuits? Gone

    Hooray for freedom!


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