How my bum saves the Planet!

Hands up those of you that buy the toilet paper for the family?  Don’t be surprised if it’s mainly the women reading this that say “Yeah, that’s me”.  Recently the Sydney Morning Herald stated that women makes 75% of the everyday purchasing decision for the family.  And I’m thinking 75% people reading this post agree with that statistic and 75% people reading this wish that some other lazy SOB would pick up some damn toilet paper on their way home from work before the family has to resort to the box of tissues, paper towel, phone book or even leaves!

Our toilet paper, can anyone tell me what its made out of?  99% of our toilet paper is made out of paper (duh), which is made from trees!  So I want you to think about toilet tissue in terms of trees, yes trees.  9 million trees are flushed down the toilet every year and 8 millions tonnes of plastic enter our landfill just to make toilet paper!

Let’s put it this way…Imagine you are walking in the forest, say your local state forest, enjoying nature listening to the breeze in the trees, the crickets rubbing their little legs together and all of a sudden you hear a distant flush, and all around you in 1 minute 17 full grown trees disappear from all around you!  Seventeen life giving, carbon absorbing, oxygen producing trees gone! Forever, well not forever but to regrow those trees takes on average 30 years.  Just to produce toilet paper.

Now imagine, at the end of a hard days work you are soaking in a full tub of lovely warm bath water, maybe with a glass of wine and a good book (ebook) and that same distant flush happens and suddenly your bath empties!  You see it takes 140 litres of water to make one toilet roll, that’s enough to fill a large bathtub.

Most of the toilet rolls that you buy in the conventional fashion from the supermarket are covered in plastic, even the eco friendly ones using recycled paper are wrapped in non biodegradable plastic, and why?  If they were wrapped in paper we would save all that plastic entering our landfill, the outer covering could be used to write on, wrap veggie scraps and ultimately composted.

The roll in the centre of the toilet paper is the subject of hundreds of Pinterest Boards on the internet and yet how many of these biodegradable, compostable, useful handy crafty things and squashed into the garbage bin every week. Average toilet paper consumption across the globe stands at 100 rolls per person per year, so an average family of four uses 400 rolls that you could use to sprout seedlings in, create Christmas crackers from or feed to the worm farm or compost heap.

Now given my comments at the beginning of my post, I don’t want you to think I am advocating using leaves to take care of business, or to renounce the use of toilet paper altogether.  What I am encouraging you to do is finding alternatives to the supermarket toilet paper rolls.

Now I’m not going to leave you hanging, I have some answers and whilst this is a product it is not something I make any money from endorsing, but I feel the need to educate all bum wipers that they do have choices.  My toilet paper of choice comes from  Pure Planet, an online shop that produces toilet paper that is tree free, chemical free, totally biodegradable, hand wrapped in tissue paper and sent to you in a recyclable cardboard box which even has colouring in panels on the sides to keep the child in you amused.

You may picture sticks of bamboo as scratchy things you wouldn’t want anywhere near your nether region but if you have ever felt the undies, tee shirts and baby blankets that are being produced from sustainable bamboo you would recognise that bamboo has the ability to produce a soft, smooth, breathable product.

Remember the 30 year trees, well bamboo takes only 3 months to regenerate, making it super sustainable.  This toilet paper is made from 100% bamboo and sugar cane mulch.

There are other alternatives if you google them you’ll find another company which has colourful paper wrapped toilet tissue called Who Gives a Crap.  They divert some of their profits from their recycled toilet paper to provide sanitation in underdeveloped countries which is fabulous.  But I’ve been the test dummy for you all and have tried both and for the reasons I have stated and a degree of comfort I have chosen Pure Planet as my tissue of choice.

You see we are all just so busy, head down bum up busy and many times as the person most responsible for making the purchasing decisions for our families we forget to choose #consciousness rather than convenience  when it comes to our consumer choices.  I know, I live this too, I’ve also been caught short without my reusable tote, bread bags, keep cup, but when I am, I just think outside the box.

To save you doing your research I have done it for you with just this one product, but there are many other everyday products that we should be finding alternatives for, like plastic toothbrushes, party balloons, disposable plates and cutlery.  What I want to do is encourage you when you shop to #use the Planet as your lens when you make your purchasing decisions.

Yes its about your bum saving the Planet, yes its about your teeth saving the Planet, but its all about You saving the Planet by implementing incremental incy wincy changes that will be multiplied by the people you influence, the family, the check out operator, the lady at the bakery, the person standing next in the queue.

One Planet, one person, one bum at a time, we can all make a difference.




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!

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.


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)

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.




toilet paper image

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.



Bread Bags

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