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Change the World Wednesday – 3rd Sep

Birthday week is over.

Downloading Birthday 64


The last of the BBQ - old bread used for garlic bread

The last of the BBQ – tending old bread used for yummy garlic bread

I managed a greenish BBQ on the Saturday.

Basically only bones and food scraps went out in the rubbish. We used no ‘one use’ products. It turned out I had enough plates, and I have plenty of glasses, mostly saved from cheese spreads, and then there’s my wine glasses.

Wine bottles went out yesterday for recycle collection.

Sunday lunch was salad made from BBQ left overs, Monday’s was the same. Yesterday, I grated the last of the cucumber and chopped the half tomato and some shredded cabbage with grated cheese and chopped celery sticks then mixed in two eggs to make vege fritters.

Total actual vege waste… looks like the last vestiges of cabbage will end up in the compost (it’s getting furry) along with scraps from the preparation of the salads.

You can read report of BBQ here.

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This week’s CTWW is Zero Waste Week.

This week, look for one more way to reduce the amount of waste you generate. Need some inspiration? Check out the Zero Waste Week Facebook Page and scroll through the posts for tips and ideas. Perhaps buy “naked” produce (items without any kind of packaging), carry a reusable bag at the market, or find creative uses for leftover food. If you have a baby in the house, try cloth diapers (nappies) and reusable wipes rather than the disposable varieties. Consider reusable menstrual products instead of single-use items. Find creative ways to upcycle “trash” or donate used items to charity. The idea, this week, is to find one more way to reduce waste..

.This week, I actually brought rubbish home.


Empty land becomes a local dump

Behind the recently complete apartment development is a plot of land. Brazilians use these as an informal  local dump. This area was cleaned by Comlurb (the council rubbish service) just over a week ago. Already it has entulho (building and demoliton waste), cut trees, and old furniture. Brazilians don’t have access to council dumping areas; they’re too far away, and many don’t have cars, and even less have cars with trailers.

Last week, Thursday on the way to work, I found a white cabinet. On the way home I lugged it home. The next day I went back to inspect what appeard to be a broken, relatively new wardrobe (closet). I took two of the larger pieces home (two trips, a walking stick does hamper one).

You can read about what I did and see photos on No Moaning Today.

So saving rubbish can be considered ‘no waste’….

Yesterday for the recycle collection, I put out glass, plastic, polystyrene and cardboard. The Yucky rubbish went out for the regular collection later.

So far today, it’s 2am, my rubbish has one milk carton, one plastic detergent bottle (both recyclable) and a coffee bag (sack). Now the coffee bag, I don’t honestly know if it’s plastic or some type of foil, or both, so it goes in the yucky rubbish along with a few scraps from my dinner plate..

Really, I don’t have much rubbish. I do try on a daily basis to control what I put out for the landfill collection.

I’ll never achieve Zero Waste, I know that, but I am conscious of what I chuck.

The celery I bought for the BBQ, none wasted, not even the base.


The base of the celery

It’s in a pot with some water and it is already sprouting, once it’s established, I’ll plant it. So in the future when I need celery, I won’t need to buy a whole plant, just pluck what I need growing outside the kitchen

The suggestions in the Zero Waste challenge.

  • It’s very hard to find ‘naked’ produce here. I know of one shop where I can get some items, particularly spices and some bulk stuff like ketchup. But they don’t have bulk sugar, flour, etc; the stuff I need.
  • Creative food ideas, see above the challenge; I do that.
  • Upcycling trash, yup, I do that too.

Remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had a number of old PC items, keyboards and mice and my old cellphone that I was looking for a way to dispose of responsibly. Turns out that the weekly recyclable collection accepts these items too. I also collected a video player and DVD player from the regular rubbish, hopeful that they may be useful, if not I can dispose of them correctly and now they won’t finish up in the landfill as they would have.

Now, it’s back to bed, and hopefully to sleep.


Change the World Wednesday 31st Aug

Last week was furnaces, I don’t have a furnace, and neither do many people so Small Footprints found out. As we are heading into Spring (yesterday was 34⁰C – around 90⁰F) I cleaned my fan. Damn, now the font’s changed ( I can’t fully figure out this WordPress yet, it’s primitive and not at all user friendly.

There, got it back. Where was I? Ah, yes, I need more coffee… brb.

Slowly I am getting back into my blogging routine, but WordPress doubles the time necessary to write a post. I honestly can’t say a good thing about it. But at least it’s not Google.

Back to fans, having cleaned my room fan, I wondered about the fan in my cooler. Does it look like this? Not yet, but I wonder how much extra power a dirty cooler fan makes you use… Does yours look like this?

This week’s Change the World Wednesday challenge on Reduce  Footprints:

This week, head over to Zero Waste Week 2011 and commit to at least one activity which will reduce waste away from home. Be sure to come back here and share your commitment. The same rules will apply as always … if you write about it and/or tweet about, you’ll be honored next week. After committing to an activity, keep track of your progress because we’ll be talking about our successes next week.

Damn, I can’t even do colours here!

So off I went to see what Zero Waste was all about.

Here in Brazil it’s difficult to be ‘zero waste.’ The whole country seems primed against it and any attempt.

No. 1 on Zero Waste’s list. I don’t eat out at places like Starbucks, heaven forbid, I hate the very thought, as I hate all franchise outlets. The places I frequent don’t have disposable cups, plates, or utensils.

No. 6 But they do have plastic ketchup and mustard sachets, paper sachets for salt and toothpicks (that is the law in Rio de Janeiro). Eating places of all types are not permitted salt shakers and sauce bottles.

But I do use my plastic cup at work to avoid disposable cups in the water coolers; and I refuse to use the condiments at restaurants and they know why. It is a subject that I have argued the toss with them many times, but they are bound by the council law. I confess that I use paper serviettes provided in the restaurants. However, I don’t use their paper towels in the bathroom, I am a boy (albeit an old one) and wipe my hands on my jeans.

Strictly speaking, I am not ‘zero waste’, but I do make inroads in the attempt.


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