Compost Success

Do you remember the story about my attempt to compost? In that post, I mentioned that I had built a ‘soil factory’ in a bin on my balcony, in the hope of producing usable compost for potted plants, all made from our own kitchen waste. The bin was plagued by flies, however, and over the winter Read More…

Crafty Christmas, Zero Waste Style

This Christmas, I am thinking more carefully about my festivities and trying to make them less wasteful. I’m not eschewing gift-giving or anything like that, but as far as it’s within my power, I’m trying to enjoy treats and activities that come with less packaging and less unnecessary consumption. So, while I was walking outside Read More…

Konmari: Kitchen Equipment

The time has come…to declutter the kitchen dishes, pots, pans, utensils, storage containers… Once again, I broke this down into smaller groupings. This was useful not only to create manageable tasks for the time I had, but because it limited things to groups that would fit on my table, so I could work there. First Read More…

Konmari: Food

It’s time to sort through the food! I decided to break this into three parts: pantry goods, tea/coffee, and fridge/freezer. Here’s my pantry before I got started. It has fared well since I reorganised it at the start of the year, but since I shop more from the bulk foods now, its contents have changed Read More…

Konmari: Recipes

Monday morning, as usual, I was stressed about planning the menu and making a shopping list. Maybe the problem was my messy recipe collection, in binders so thickly crammed that I couldn’t wrench them out of the cupboard without pulling everything else out with them. I decided it was time to tidy my recipes! I’ve designated recipes Read More…

Zero Waste Food Storage

Since trying to move more towards zero waste in my kitchen, I both store more food and, paradoxically, store less food. I store more because, buying certain things unpackaged, I have to strategise a way to store them where before I would have shoved them in my pantry. But I also think zero waste tends Read More…