Day One

Firstly thank you to everyone for all your helpful and encouraging comments. Its been amazing for us to feel so supported, you all rock. Today is finally February the first. First official day of our challenge. We are both freaked out – despite all the preparations and trials – today seems like the bar just got raised to twice the height. Still I guess all the last minute running around is over now, ready or not. Our last rubbishfull week certainly has been a busy one. Last weekend we went through the whole house and section like forensic rubbish detectives and found heaps of rubbish hiding everywhere. The most frustrating thing to throw was definitely scrappy bits of wood. I was sure they must have some use but because they were either painted or treated we couldn’t burn, compost or mulch them. Made me think about what we do to wood.

I also finally got up the courage to visit the scrap metal dealer with my box of questions. I had been putting off the visit because I thought I had a pretty good chance of being laughed out of town. I think that even if I stood on one those big industrial weighers the needle wouldn’t move, let alone if I weighed a paperclip and wrapping from camembert cheese. So I somewhat defensively explained myself to the guy who politely explained that he would take anything that was metal because he was a scrap metal dealer. Even this? (drawing pin), or this (tinfoil), or these (metal toothpaste tube, disprin foil packet, rusty nails, pen cartridge). Yup. I ended up feeling like $2 shop customer after 20 price checks. He said I wouldn’t get much for it though. Nice guy. He added that if I did come back and someone else ‘laughed me out of town’ to tell them that Kelly said it was OK. I’ll do that. I think I’ll take down a year’s worth at the end of the challenge, no point going more often.

Yesterday saw a flurry of shopping, we wanted to do it while we could still dump the packaging! I bought socks and rubber gloves, which I have decided I can’t do without. I have decided to put one pair inside the other, that way no matter how many nicks the outside pair get the inside pair should stay new and leak free for ages… maybe a year. Also swallowed the cost of 10 rechargeable batteries ($50). Then this morning we went through the whole house with a box and put in everything that would be rubbish when it was used up. We have sealed the box up and put it in a cupboard, to be used if absolutely needed. It contains stacks of bathroom stuff, especially medicines and lotions, dental floss, also glue sticks, twink, tennis balls (which the dog chews). Our dental floss hasn’t arrived from the States yet so I will try a couple of the suggestions from the comments. unsuccesful tortillas

After all was done we walked next door and gave our rubbish bag to our neighbour. They agreed to keep it until the kerbside collection in 3 days time, that way we can’t be tempted to sneak anything in. It was slightly alarming how much rubbish we created/found last week, more than what we have said we will create for the whole of this coming year! In the midst of all of this we are still cooking ‘rubbish free’ every night. I have now tried twice to make my own tortillas (so we can have burritos). Turns out there’s a real art to rolling something the size of a golf ball to a nice 20cm circle.

2 thoughts on “Day One

  1. Hi,
    Good luck with this, I will be reading your blogs with interest. I haven’t thrown away and plastic food packaging for about 6 months now and boy does it mount up even when making a concerted effort to buy glass and tins! I am trying to find some way of recycling it. Apparently there is a company up here(Auckand) that makes plastic bags etc into road barriers and pipes etc but they have to import them from the US cos there is no collection for them here. I have a couple of cheese suggestions for you: 1. make your own paneer, really simple just milk and vinegar, good for curries(I can post a recipe if you like) 2. delis have imported cheese which they cut hunks off and hopefully would wrap in paper for you and 3. marinated feta is usually in glass jars. Anyway I’m sure you’ve figured this out by now but wanted to make a contribution! All the best!


  2. Im a student at hutt high and we are doing this for homework im now going to take an interest and read it every week this is interesting stuff it could help me when i need to do this! STOP GLOBAL WARMING RIGHT NOW STOP IT STOP IT like my song?


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