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My Zero Waste Journey- Tea!

My Zero Waste Journey-Tea!

It has been a little while since I posted on this thread, but alas, no time like the present! In my quest to be zero waste, I picked up lots of good tips in Plastic Free July. If you haven’t come across this campaign, check it out. They have social media pages and the website is here.

I love tea, I basically live off the stuff. I have at least two cups a day but it can be up to four….or five if I am at home with family. I watched a clip a few years ago now about how much plastic is actually in tea bags. The main brands all has it in them, which made me think. Am I putting plastic in my compost pot? To combat this, I used up all the black tea bags I had left in my cupboard (few stragglers in there) and have now switched to loose tea. We got a glass loose tea pot from IKEA last year but I barely used it. We ordered Irish Breakfast Tea from the lads over at McCabes Coffee (here is their website) and got some of their Wicklow Organic coffee beans for Joe too.

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My Zero Waste Journey- Refill!

My Zero Waste Journey- Refill!

Spending the last week or so I began to look at my household on how I can reduce waste, both coming into my home, and leaving it. The biggest thing I noticed is not that I need to find more compostable packaging, but just to not bring anything in….at all. There have been refill stations popping up, and one here in Kildare. I do think that by refilling any plastic bottles/containers I already have will at least not add to the pile of plastic on our planet.

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My Zero Waste Journey

My Zero Waste Journey

I recently discovered that my beloved country of Ireland does not recycle any waste. Any items in the recycling bin gets sent to the UK if suitable, otherwise it is incinerated in Dublin or worse…sent to Asia for dumping. Ireland, this is not on. Every day I look at the things I print, trying to use less electricity, being economical with my driving and having as many aspects of my business as eco friendly as possible, for what? The majority of packaging in my shopping trolley on my weekly shop was plastic. So from now on I will endeavor to have any packaging come in, has to be reusable, refillable or be able to go into the compost bin.

Now, this wont be a swift change as they say Rome wasn’t built in a day! It will be a journey and I hope to discover new Irish products, old ways of doing things and hopefully, a smaller bin bag.

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