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Do you do your part?

Our world is so sad with plastic being found in Antarctica, the Amazon burning and our own PM not caring about smaller Pacific Islands. After all these stories I have really decided to do my bit in reducing my carbon footprint but I'm not perfect. Do you do your bit? What do you do? Just curious to see if others care. Whether that be composting, recycling, using the car less, making better choices at the supermarket, thrift shopping clothes instead of buying new. These are just some ideas and would be nice to know if others even in a small way are doing there bit. Let's spread news and give hope for the environment.

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My family got quite distressed one week over it, I wanted to start shopping waste free, but it's almost impossible! Anyway, we started a compost bin to try and cut some waste, but got distressed again only to discover that our local area doesn't recycle the recycling, it goes to another "tip" because it's too expensive to transport elsewhere to recycle! Honestly WTF?
It's so hard to avoid waste! It's everywhere! Our whole society needs to come up with better solutions! I just really worry about the world we are leaving for our children

 Op: I hear you I worry too! Reducing waste is hard at the shop Im trying to limit the amount of plastic I buy, jars are great as I can reuse them but the struggle is real!
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 This is what I was curious about in everyone saying it’s easy to have less waste, we have so much. Buy a box of cereal and inside is a plastic bag. Yes you can go and find some cloth bags to take to a wholesale store and scoop your own muesli but that isn’t an easily accessible option for most!! Why is it so hard to make changes!! Why aren’t there more things being done by politicians, governments and people in power!
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 I try to make snacks and never buy single package stuff, but the ingredients still come in plastic.
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 I think it's about making an effort to reduce waste not completely eliminating because until supermarkets stop using so much plastic it's almost impossible. I try to use less plastic. I put my lunch in reusable containers rather than clingy wrap, I don't use the fruit and veg plastic bags at the supermarket, we compost all our food scraps rather than them going to landfill, use reusable coffee cups. Lots of little things. If everyone does a little bit it makes a big difference.
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 We don't have anywhere that does wholesale cereals or grains so that makes it harder. Everything is covered in so much plastic. Multipack chips, muesli bars, cereals, flour, rice, pasta, it's insane! Some of the big grocery chains used to have a bin to put your plastic waste in, but I guess since China isn't taking it anymore they've removed the bins!
Even if things were wrapped in half the plastic they are, that surely would be a help!

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We have a worm farm and chooks for our scraps. We are looking to get a compost bin next. I’ve got a greenhouse to grow some of our own veggies. We use metal straws and cloth napkins. I invested in a set of reusable cloth produce bags so I don’t have to use the plastic ones at the shops. We recycle as much as possible. We all have our own reusable water bottles to take with us on the go.

 Just be careful with those metal straws. I had one and had some scary bumps on my teeth. I think they could easily damage teeth. I have gone to paper straws, and we only use them for certain drinks like milkshakes.
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 Fortunately we don’t use straws that often. I really dislike the paper ones as they tend to start breaking apart before I’m done with my drink and make everything taste like paper. But they are still much better than the plastic ones.
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I have very recently switched to a "less waste" shop. In that I take glass jars to the shops and use the pick and pack station for our shit. You know the one that has the nuts, dried fruit, soy snacks, etc. I also take a glass tupperware container to the deli to get the meats put in (we don't have a local butcher unfortunately. And they've been mostly okay with that.
We make our own reusable baby wipes and I try to buy eco friendlier nappies when I shop (I don't want to switch to cloth since this is our last baby).
I walk everywhere anyway, and use public transport when needed.
And I try to reuse and recycle our old clothes.

It's not much, but it's a start.

 I read a devastating article, which said that because econappies (which aren't 100% biodegradable apparently) are put in normal trash, they still don't end up breaking down, due to the constant turning over of rubbish at the tip.
It's so sad, we try to make better choices but it's still not helping!
But can you tell me what you use to make your wipes please?

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 Yeah, I understand your upset. I try to buy the bamboo fibre nappies or those ones from sweden made from corn silk. But I acknowledge that it's not the best solution.
We use cloths. Old ripped up shirts, old rags and the likes. Then, when we use them we just wet them with regular water. No unnecessary chemicals, no plastic packaging, etc. Then they get rinsed out in grey water and put through the wash as normal. We only use them for the baby (who is only 9 months old) so the poops are easy to get out. I know people will take issue with our process, but I don't care.

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 ^^ a lot of items labelled biodegradable/ degradable don't break down as they require sunlight and oxygen. Buried at the tip doesn't provide that unfortunately. Personally I think rubbish should be burned for energy, then it's more use than having it buried.
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 Yep, I understand. But I think if I'm buying things made from plant fibres (at least in part) less plastic needs to be produced. So, this isn't eco friendlier in how it breaks down, more in how it's made in the first place.
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 I like the burning waste for energy, although I'm not sure what happens to the smoke? I heard Japan and Singapore use this for power and build eco islands and artificial reefs with the ash. Gotta be better than coal right?
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 The smoke is captured and filtered 🙂
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 Ahhhhhhh! Australia should get into it then! I'm sure we have enough waste to power something! 😇😁
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 Good grief.... if you knew what happens to those pick and pack stations and the literal hundreds of people who touch that food, you would never buy that bacteria infested shit again.
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 Well I guess trying to care for the environment has its drawbacks too
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 ^our supermarket has an attendant at the pick and pack so I'm not too worried. But, nonetheless, I'll bear in mind that people are disgusting should I go to another shop 🖒
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 The attendant doesn't give a shit. But those hundreds of dirty hands will probably give you and your family the shits. They are crawling with bacteria. There was a study done on those pick n pack stations last year and over 80% of the food was contaminated with E Coli. SHIT. Literal shit, poo, kaka, poop! And your feeding actual human poo to your family.
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I have a compost bin, and compost everything I can, including cutting up the cardboard inside roll off toilet rolls. Give unused fruit and veges to a neighbour with chooks, and sometimes get given eggs in return. Crush egg shells and put them in the compost. Even paper towels, if wet, not greasy, go into the compost.
I take the neighbours lawn clippings to compost, and any large clean cardboard packing (like off TVs and lounge suites), and lay them on my decorative gardens to reduce weeds.

I buy fruit and veges without the plastic bags, and have extra Coles "cold bags", so the groceries are not packed too tight for soft items to get crushed.
I do miss the old grey grocery bags as I used to reuse them for lots of purposes.
I use natural cleaners like baking soda and vinegar. Never used disposable wipes.

Have my own small veg garden and grow cherry tomatoes, spinach and silverbeet and chives.
Have a water tank and when that is empty just hand water the garden.
Water restriction behaviour is just etched into my brain now, and I am so careful with it.

I buy clothes from op shops, and buy cotton and wool to avoid synthetics as well as avoiding new purchases.
Buy second hand furniture, refurbishing it if necessary, and buy second hand home wares when ever I can.

I am really angry about how we do not have systems set up in this country to recycle rubbish on shore. Sometimes private people lead the way, but there is no organisation from governments. This issue should be treated as importantly as roads and transport infrastructure..

 I commend you on your solid effort to eliminate your footprint, but where do you find the time to do all of this? I literally do not have this amount of time
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I compost. Don’t use plastic rubbish bags. Soft plastics I save and take too Woolies. Don’t use plastic single use fruit and veg bags. I bring my own eco bags. Cloth nappies when my kids were babies. No disposable plastic in lunch boxes. I never use disposable plates or cutlery.

I’ve stopped using disposable cleaning wipes. Most fruit and veg I buy without the plastic bag. Where possible I use less washing detergent and softener. In ACT we have permanent water restrictions, which I think is great.

I really couldn't give two shits.

 If I am being honest, I feel the same way
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Im sad to say im not very sustainable

 My family isn’t either but I do try where I can I just haven’t gone and thought outside the box to be extra sustainable like a lot of people do.
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