August has been a great month (minus the bad weather) in my garden, I set out to go zero plastic and participated in one of the biggest cleaning events here in the Netherlands. So let’s do a mid-week trash talk aka August recap.
I participated in the Boskalis Beach Clean Up Tour 2015 and helped to collect 400 kilos of trash on the 11 kilometres long beach from Scheveningen to Wassenaar.
At the end of the day I was totally happy, exhausted and ready to get transported back to the starting point of the tour. In Wassenaar we finally had some time to enjoy the beach.
The beginning of August, before the rain season, was when I harvested a lot from our mini allotment of 20 square metres. The best part is to eat your own food, of course.
I don’t really care what they say on Gardeners’ World but this year we had fantastic tomatoes and a lot of them. I grew them for the first time in my life, had no problems with any diseases and we were eating them from July and they are still growing and ripening.
Besides growing my own food I finally managed to make and store my own pasta. With the help of a past machine and this wooden drying system it worked out great.
And of course we ate them with a pasta sauce made from fresh ingredients from the garden and farmers market (red pepper and garlic).
At the beginning of August I decided to go zero plastic. It’s much harder than I thought but I made great progress, I think.
Compared to a month ago my plastic trash reduced by 75% which means I threw one small bag in the month of August. The last week I hardly threw anything so I hope for less plastic trash in September.
One key to going zero waste is definitely bulk shopping and last month I found a cereals provider in the next city.
Another great way is to make your own food like yogurt and pizza which normally come in plastic packaging or Tetra Pak from the supermarket.
So that’s it for this month’s trash talk. Tell me how your environmental challenges are coming along and let’s discuss for a better future in the comments section.