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.