Putting the Ed in Education today, folks. This week my fam and I went along to a waste-free workshop at New Plymouth District Council and it was a real eye-opener. We were even gifted an amazing starter pack by the council, you can see all of the goodies contained in the image above. Thanks, NPDC! I didn’t realise how much waste we (our family) are contributing to this huge global problem. Yes, we have a compost bin, we grow veggies at home, we recycle plastic & glass as well as collecting up and recycling our soft plastics at countdown once a month but we are still way off the mark in terms of taking responsibility for the waste we produce. The point of the workshop was to educate people about the waste they are producing. The main takeaway I came away with, which is absolutely true, is that’s it’s not good enough to buy something without considering the life of both the product and the packaging. If I purchase something then it’s up to me to know how to prolong it’s life and how to deal with the packaging in a sustainable way. It’s not up to the supplier, the rubbish collections, the government, it’s up to me as the consumer because we all know how supply and demand works. It’s simple economics. If I don’y buy it, and you don’t buy it, and no one buys it .. well then they stop making it because it’s not profitable. So vote with your hard earned cash ladies and gentlemean and say “no thank you” to all the waste! It’s not a blame game or a shame game. You don’t need to feel embarassed about what you have been doing in the past. It’s up to all of us to get educated and do better. Just become mindful of the things you see around your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, house and make good decisions about the need of your consumables, the lifespan of your consumables and the way you plan to part ways with your consumables. Landfilling everything is not the answer, we don’t have an endless supply of that.

Do you know what sucks? Food shopping, when you don't want to grocery shop. You are about to learn one of my GREATEST life hacks of all time. Grab a cuppa and pull up a chair, your life is about to change. So you grabbed my snazzy chore chart. You opted in for the cooking because you don't want to eat chicken nuggets and sausages every night. This means you want to be in charge of shopping. Partly because, control freak, partly because then you have everything you need (and want) to cook. I say you, but obviously, I mean me. This is how it went for me. Maybe it's the same for you? Ok, well now we are at the business end of the problem

Red, red, wiiine - you sang it in your head didn't you? No? Just me then. Right. Red wine has become my "go-to" choice of alcoholic beverage. When I was younger I didn't drink a lot. I went through the usual stage of sugary flavoured vodka drinks in my late teens/ early 20s, but not a lot in volume because I hated the feeling of being intoxicated. My friends would make fun of me going to a party with 2 Raspberry Vodka Cruisers - which would easily last me all night - if I even got through them both. I could drive home, had no hangovers, didn't waste money on booze or do reckless things that everyone else was doing. In my mind, it was brilliant. But then, as it does for many, In my early 20's I found myself in very stressful situations and life started to wear me down with ongoing family issues. Surrounded by people who were big drinkers, I entered a "beer phase" in my mid-20s and then I gave that up and found wine somewhere along the line.