Well, as I write this there are two days of our challenge year left and a party still to have, so next week’s blog will be the last official rubbish free year blog, and will have the final update of the rubbish we collected during the year. But we will keep blogging, if for nothing else than to keep us honest.
The way this year has gone was quite unanticipated – the way the media has been so interested and how widely people have follow our exploits. It amazes me, who would have thought RUBBISH would have such general appeal?
I’ve thought of an analogy that I think explains what’s going on for many of us. Imagine if you had never seen lollies before, and then one day your friend says, hey check out this new amazing thing I’ve found. You look at this brightly coloured fantastic looking thing and you love it already. Taste it, encourages your friend. What then happens in your mouth has no precedent. Better than broccoli for sure. For weeks your friend supplies you with lollies and you marvel at the rich energy source, the taste and the colour – but most of all you can’t believe the price – cheaper than broccoli too. Time passes, lollies spread and soon a generation arrives who need lollies for breakfast , lunch and dinner. It is about this time, when you and many others get a niggling feeling that your bodies aren’t running as well as they used to, but you’re not sure what to do about it. Avoiding lollies seems time consuming and expensive, even backwards. Then you hear of a young couple who have challenged themselves to live for a year with out lollies, and you watch them with interest…
And so it is. Collectively we leaped at plastic. It was durable, cheap and convenient. Mum said when manufacturers starting using plastic ice cream containers and meat trays people couldn’t believe they were getting such good quality containers for free. Kindys, gardeners and handymen seemed to need an endless supply of them. Parents who already had their hands full appreciated shopping bags with handles and jars that didn’t break when dropped. And now, as it’s slowly dawning on us that something’s not quite right, we find ourselves unable to stop throwing away kilos of plastic every week. Its not that we want to, its just we aren’t sure how to change. I think this has really been what our year has been about, about our own experiment to live differently, and by way of the media, this blog, speaking engagements etc we have journeyed with so many of you all. And its been great!!
I wouldn’t have guessed it, but my last rubbish free week has been busy with making ice!! Because we can’t buy party ice for our party (because of the plastic bag) I have been making our own! I borrowed some ice trays and every 5 hours or so I empty all the ice cubes into large containers in the freezer and refill the trays with water. I also have a friend doing the same thing, so we should have heaps. We have also solved the serviette problem, I couldn’t think how to avoid the plastic they come in until a friend suggested dipping bowls. So guests with dirty little fingers will dip them in the bowls and dry them on the hand towels provided. I like this idea – so simple, I’ll report next week how it went. Will everyone end up with food on their face and no ice in their drinks? . . .