Reuse your water

We are heading into the third week of no rain for Wellington and it is still only November. (Just) It would be wise to start conserving water, so I thought I would share some of my water conservation tips. Reusing your water doesn’t have to mean installing an expensive grey or black water system that…

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Mr Verdant thought I was on a personal crusade this month when I mentioned we were going Plastic Free this July.  But no it’s a real thing that others are also doing, not just me. So to celebrate Plastic Free July, I thought I would share what we have done so far in the Verdant…

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Stuck for ideas on how to go Plastic Free this July?  Here is Plastic Free Julys newsletter with some ideas on reducing your plastic in the kitchen. The only thing I would avoid is tinfoil for your frozen meat. Go straight to reusable glass instead. Pyrex do some great glass containers with lids that can…

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Be a Scrooge and use things up. Squeeze every last bit out of your toothpaste. Mop up the last of the mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Use the crusts as breadcrumbs Use your meanie, rubber scraper, spatula, whatever you call it, to scrape every last bit of food out of the pot.  Yep, I am a…

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Buy a decent re-useable water bottle like the ones from Eco Tanka.  Don’t re-use the one-use plastic ones. They are designed just for that: one use only, meaning if you continue to use it, the plastic will leach into your water. Not nice.  Invest in a stainless steel one which is dishwashable and can take a…

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Yes you really do need to. Real people sort our recycling by hand so be considerate and think of them. Plus food remnants contaminate whatever you are trying to recycle. Don’t just rinse your meat trays either. Their clever design holds all that ‘juice’ in its cavities so they need a good scrub.

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