Hi, my name’s Donna. Ballarat is home, and it's also the place where I'm making changes in my life to consume less waste.
There are always things we can do a bit better, and sometimes going back to the basics is the answer. When I listened to a podcast of Bea Johnson talking about how her family of 4 produced only 4 cups of rubbish over 12 months, I realised that reducing the amount of waste we produce is something we can all improve upon.
It was only when I started doing some research on the impact our waste has on our planet, that I really started to understand why Bea and others have gone to the extent they have to reduce the amount of waste they put in the bin. Check out some of the links on the ‘Inspired & Information’ tab. You may find some information quite shocking, but a really good reason to change.
Reducing the amount of waste you throw out means you need to purchase things differently. If you stick to Bea’s 5 R’s, then you’ll have it sorted. Buy from shops that sell in ‘bulk’. If you don’t have any of these shops near you then buy products that can be composted. If that's not an option, buy products that can be recycled. Just remember, you don’t just purchase the product you’re actually wanting, but you’re also purchasing the packaging.
The waste issues are directly related to our wallets. Money talks very loudly. Spend your money on products that have the least amount of impact on the environment. Be aware first, and hopefully your actions will follow.
Sometimes it can be an awkward conversation with a shopkeeper, explaining the reasons why you want things done a bit differently. This website lists the shops I’ve come across, where you’re actually encouraged to bring your own containers. If you know any businesses not listed, let me know so everyone can benefit. Some business will also refill their containers when you return them (sometimes at a discount). If you live in another part of Australia or somewhere else on this planet, you can use the BULK app. This app allows you to find, and add, your local bulk supplying businesses.
I’ve listed a few inspirational websites, but there are plenty more on the web that provide great tips on how to make changes. Search, read, and see which ones will work for you. You want to reduce the amount of waste you throw out, whether you’re an individual, family or business. The key is to achieving this is to reduce the amount of waste you take in the first place.
Enjoy the change.
Enjoy a healthier planet.
Website last updated 17/10/2018
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