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Biodegradable Bandages

 

There is nothing better than finding something ordinary that you wouldn’t have even thought of as BAD for the environment but someone somewhere has come up with a solution to make that product more sustainable.

Enter the Everyday Good Co with their Biodegradable Bandages.  Yes, most bandaids are made of plastic, the sort of plastic that could be part of the 13,000 pieces of plastic litter floating on every square kilometre of the oceans surface, the sort of plastic that sits in the gut of approximately 98% of all sea birds, the sort of plastic that you have to fish out of the skimmer box after your friends kids have been enjoying your pool this Summer.  However THESE bandages are made from 15% recycled materials and break down in 2 years, decomposing in 4. The packaging is made from 100% recycled material also!

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Clear, Emoji and Nude Biodegradable Bandages.  I think I’m going to regret this…

Even better still is that the Everyday Good Co devotes 50% of it’s profits on the sale of these bandages to The Hunger Project whose mission is “To end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.”

Sensitive skinned people can rejoice in these sensitive skin adhesive bandages. The glue is made just for you, and the whole range of biodegradable bandages are latex free to minimise allergens even further.

So when the neighbour’s kids stack their bikes at my front gate and come in  with their skinned knees looking for a bandaid I’m going to send them home plastered with Emoji Biodegradable Bandages from now on.

Get on their website and stock up your bathroom cabinet with this sustainable alternative.

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Edible Cutlery!

Imagine this… over 120 BILLION pieces of plastic cutlery are used and discarded in India every year, 120 BILLION!!!!!!!  Without an alternative except endless washing of silverware in potentially unsanitary conditions until recently when an amazing mind came up with this idea, edible cutlery.  Made predominantly from millet and spices (or sugar for the sweet variety), these spoons are not only saving the planet but are nutritious and tasty.

I sincerely hope they make it out to this country and the USA where we discard so much single use plastic ware because of our addiction to take away food.  Plastic doesn’t biodegrade (t photo degrades which means it just breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic) and leaches toxic chemicals into landfill and ground water and inevitably our oceans.  This is a fabulous alternative and a healthy treat.

Veggie Pod – 3 weeks later…

There is no excuse for not using every available space in your yard, balcony, terrace or patio.  The Veggie Pod is exploding with growth, only three weeks down the track, so much so that I have had to prop open the cover so the massive tomato plant can spread it’s wings, I’ve harvested four lettuces and am closely monitoring the capsicum flowers and beetroot plants to see when they will produce fruit.  to to mention the herbs… All of this in a one metre square Urban Garden!

I made this short video to show you the progress.

So if you are interested in the people at Urban Food Garden designing a veggie patch specifically tailored to your requirements, please check out their link (and mention my name for extra special treatment) www.urbanfoodgarden.com.au.

Subscribe to my My Youtube Chanel for updates and more urban gardening tips.

 

Toilet Paper and Trash

On the journey to zero waste everything has to be thought of, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the laundry and the loo.

My usual environmentally friendly toilet rolls always have come wrapped in plastic so now I am on the hunt for an alternative.

I’ve found a paper wrapped version, but it was bleached and not recycled office waste so now I’m looking at catering companies who provide boxes of recycled toilet paper wrapped in individual paper wraps and sent to your door in cardboard boxes.  Cardboard can be recycled in the garden, composted and I can reuse them several times in my uniform business before they even need to be discarded.

Will keep you posted.

Julia

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via Talking Trash with Julia – toilet paper – YouTube.

DIY Bread Bags

Okay so transitioning away from bread in plastic bags with little plastic clips seemed to be an appropriate place to start.  I buy at least four loaves of bread per week for our family (maybe more) and it has always bothered me how much plastic we throw out just for this one product.

So here is a DIY video on how to make your own cloth bread bag.  The dimensions of my template are 51 x 40cm and the strip for the casing is 82 x 7cm.

It requires very basic sewing skills and I didn’t even bother overlocking the raw edges.

Hope you get on board and make one for yourself.

Julia

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Christmas Wishes

The countdown to Christmas has begun and like most working Mums with a Web TV show I have decided to take a couple of weeks off from filming to soak up the joy of the season and help myself to de-stress a little.

But far be it from me to allow you to go without your weekly dose of FMM TV so in the tradition of all good TV shows over the holiday season we are going to run the reruns!

Starting with Episode One which received the most views on Youtube.

Following my Christmas Wishes video, just click the link to view Episode One (all 11 minutes of it), and enjoy the show.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for watching, liking, commenting and sharing my videos and blog posts throughout this year.  I look forward to journeying with you in 2016 and wish you all the Very Merriest of Christmases!

Take care over the silly season and thank you for walking a little lighter on the planet.

Love

Julia

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CLICK HERE FOR MY CHRISTMAS WISHES VIDEO

 

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH EPISODE ONE

 

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