Whenever I travel overseas I am always gripped by a yearning for marmite and Bluebird, green onion flavoured, chip sandwiches. Oddly, I very rarely eat this when home, particularly this year as we can’t buy the chips due to the packaging. Or, when tramping for a few days, thoughts often turn to any number of items I intend to consume once back in civilisation but that I rarely follow up on. This age old emotion of desiring that which you can’t have has kicked in on a few items as we attempt to live rubbish free. This year, for me, it is not having Nachos for dinner, (cheese, sour cream and chips are all problematic), but for Waveney, who is much less focused on her stomach, it is her yellow highlighter.
Waveney recently resumed her studies part time and is needing to read copious amounts of text, of which it is handy to highlight the important bits, making exam study much easier. The highlighter, however, was included in a box of items we don’t want to use this year for fear of them running out and creating rubbish throughout the year. The box was sealed at the start of the challenge and is being stored up in the roof. Underlining seems to make the page busier rather than simplifying an already difficult text, however, I guess this must have been what people did prior to highlighters. If anyone has any other suggestions we’d love to hear them.
Last Saturday we were out for the day and came home to discover that somebody had unsuccessfully tried to break into the house. They would have been sorely disappointed had they managed to get in, as a friend recently commented our house is very similar to his Nana’s, and he wasn’t referring to the structure or layout! Nonetheless, it was decided that we should add an additional lock to the back door in the form of a deadbolt. After nearly seven months you’d think we’d instantly think about the rubbish free options, however it wasn’t till we were heading out the door that it occurred to us. It seems that everything in hardware stores is covered in that thick plastic packaging that requires sissors, or an angle grinder, to get through. The solution was to wait an extra day and then wander down to the second hand building supplies yard. There I was able to choose the lock I needed and the chap only wanted $1, which he waived instead of having to give me change for a $20! All in all, the rubbish free alternative resulted in a cheaper and much more pleasant experience, as well as some community building as I got to know our local second hand dealer.