Still crazy, this week I’m here at 1am. It’s too hot to sleep despite the fan. We had 43ºC (that’s hot, even in ºF – 110 something).
Let me introduce you to Clorinha. She’s still at home with Mommy, and will be for another two weeks. I have called her Clorinha because Daddy was Cloro (bleach), and she’s a little girl Cloro, she has the same markings as her Dad.
CTWW isn’t actually up yet on Reduce Footprints, but I was here, so you get the introduction.
One thing I have changed in my life since I have become more environmentally aware, cans. I avoid cans like the plague.
I restrict my cans to sardines, I love canned sardines in olive oil on toast, and I have an emergency ration of feijoada (black baked beans with meat) which is easily heated without having to cook a whole meal in the evening which also heats up an already hot house.
I use about one can of each a month, sometimes less.
At my advancing age, a little more BPA can’t do too much damage. My endocrines are already disrupted.
But I generally stay away from canned goods, including drinks and beer.
However, last week at the supermarket, I weakened. I saw these wonderful cans of Guinness. Now I live in Brazil, Brazil does not make a good beer.
A few weeks ago I bought two bottles of Stout made in Brazil. It was so unpalatable that half the first bottle went down the sink, the other relegated to the shelf in the beer box. To call this product stout was criminal, it was no more stout than caramelised pigs’ swill.
Now to find a quality brew like Guinness is a rarity here, I weakened. I would have preferred bottles, but they weren’t available.
Oh, and the stout was like heaven.
CTWW is up now, but I’m going back to bed. I have had a quick read and will visit some of your blogs later when the head is a little clearer and I have coffee.
This week’s challenge is a little easier.
I do have a roll of paper towels in the kitchen, I bought a double pack about two years ago, and have just started the second roll. The last time I used one was to hold a juicy homemade hamburger more than a month ago. In my defence, I will say that I bought them before the previous CTWW challenge not to use them.
If I used less toilet paper than I do, I’d be using my finger. I generally use one double piece for a wipe, then have a bum shower with soap and water.
Other paper reduction, I have stopped paper bank statements, I use the net.
I don’t buy magazines or newspapers, so there’s no problem there. Junk mail is a problem, not a big problem as most of it is little A5 sized flyers, the plain paper ones go on the compost heap, but the bigger glossies come at the rate of about two a week. Brazilian delivery does not understand “No Junk Mail”, although I have had strong words with some when I catch them. Which is why I am the neighbourhood velho caduco (grouchy old man).
I can’t make any claims there. I use scrap paper for notes alongside my PC. Old papers used on one side get folded in four. I have a printer, but only print essentials for work on recycled paper. It hasn’t been used for more than two months, it’s probably rusted up.
Well, there you have it; my CTWW.