Posted in Adelaide, goal setting, green cities, New Year resolutions, Recycling, sustainability

Big effort on e-waste

e-waste
My boot was packed to capacity with e-waste!

While I was participating in the Living Smart SA course one of the things I was committed to was getting rid of the e-waste I had at home. It had just accumulated and needed to go. In October I managed to collect the e-waste into one spot in my garage. That was a big effort in itself. I had to find all the e-waste stashed around the house and then move it outside. I felt really pleased with that part of it. The course then finished, life went on, we had Christmas, then New Year and now it was May and I still had not moved it. I tried to get it all picked up. There was less an a ute load and less than 15 minutes work. For me, I cannot carry CRT monitors easily , nor microwaves, so my first effort of getting it all in one place had been significant. Once this lot is all gone, then it will not be a problem. It won’t build up as it did with all the changes  in technology and it won’t weigh as much because new technology is much lighter and less cumbersome. The quotes for removing it were $100-$130 . That’s $400-$520 an hour. I had been in the wrong job! It means I have had to wait and do some more  planning. Older people go away , are sick or cannot carry things easily. Younger people are working long shifts most days and need a break. I feel pretty proud of myself that that I  completely filled the boot of my car up with the smaller stuff. I had a microwave which was heavy . The rest was straight forward. It’s gone. Advanced Recycling Technologies took  all the stuff and unloaded it for me. They were helpful, nice and right near the ocean! Great views. I have to wait now for help with 3 CRT monitors and 2 heavy microwaves. I can then say I met that commitment and it was my one and only promise to myself at New Year – that I would do something about my e-waste. I feel so relieved now I have done the right thing and so happy. A.R.T is part of the Unplug’n’Drop programme where a number of sites across Australia will now take electronic waste and seek to repair and repurpose rather just sent to recycling or landfill.

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Posted in action, conservation, positive mindset, positive thinking, Recycling, recyling, sustainability

Recycling ocean plastic

Adidas with Parley have brought out some new sneakers made from ocean plastic. Should be water, shouldn’t it? We shouldn’t have to gather plastic from the ocean. The planet needs to get rid of plastic because as handy as it can be we are very bad at disposing of it and far too much ends up in the ocean. You’ve seen the fish. You’ve seen the videos. There are now attempts to put it right. I’d  like to think these sneakers can be disposed of properly when they come to the end of their life. People are trying to solve the plastic waste problem now and there are some very good discussions going on which give me hope that eventually we shall solve this problem. Adidas is trying to find a good use for plastic recouped from the ocean. They cannot solve the problem alone but at least they are making an effort. There is another company making plastic bricks for housing. At best it really ought to only be used for disaster areas or areas which need quick emergency housing. Even though the bricks are supposed to be fire treated there is no proof as yet that they will survive hot sun and plastic fires are hideous. We need to keep talking about that one. Where there is a will…and it’s not as if we don’t have the brains and technology to solve these sorts of problems. The conversations are highlighting the issues. Firstly, we need to clean up our act. Secondly,we need to dispose of this plastic wisely. Thirdly, we probably need to forget about plastic. It has done more harm than good. BYFUSION explains the plastic brick idea on its site.The discussions around it are on The Insider Facebook page .

Posted in Adelaide, eco products, Environment, equity, global warming, good habits, keep it simple, positive attitude, positive thinking, problem solving, Recycling, sustainability

The 9 Rs

9 Rs Image : Sustainability for all 

I am big on reusing, repurposing and repairing. In the end it’s a habit which you can develop and a way of thinking. I also have got my friends and family into that style of thinking too. We help each other repair things, or find a new use for things or a new home. I collect things to recycle and to hand on to charity organisations so I know that they will get good use. One of my friends said that was a good way of thinking because it gives you a sense of purpose. He is helping to rebuild things to be handed on to charity organisations and refugee camps. As a world we have improved our capacity to redistribute and that is because we have thought about it. Organisations like OzHarvest build the relationships so they can redistribute food to the needy. Adelaide has a number of artists who have created wonderful pieces from leftover and excess materials. Some are beautiful  and intricate art works. Others are metallic sculptures which are as impressive as they are inspirational. Greenpeace has a good post about getting beyond reuse, recycle, reduce. We are doing that, but we need to keep thinking about it. We cannot live sustainably on a planet which keeps producing more and more and more. In the end you have enough and enough is plenty.

Posted in legwarmers, Recycling, recycling clothing, winter

Make a beanie from an old sweater

Andrea’s Choice can come up with some very practical ideas which anyone can do. The beanie appeals to me. It is quick, simple and focusses on recycling. What won’t work as a jumper or top might well work as a beanie and matching leg warmers! I don’t feel secure about gluing edges. If it were a knitted garment the edges would not be stable. The glue might create ridges which don’t sit right. I sew very happily and this would take 10 minutes , tops. The edges could be over sewn and they’d be stable. It is all straight sewing. You could make these for yourself but you could also follow the make one give one principle so everyone has a nice warm beanie for winter.
Posted in global warming, Green Awards, Recycling

Greener than Green

The Green Awards has inspired me to get greener than green and make an even better effort with my greenness. I have put on a tap filter so I don’t buy bottled water. It’ll cost around 6 cents a bottle. I am going to recycle even more and get even better at it. I know for sure now that flying costs more in carbon than anything else so I have to look for the alternatives and be happy about that…I have so many ideas now and I am going to get good at it! I am also going to make an effort to raise awareness about how threatened our Australian species are. Our species are unique to our continent. We need them and we don’t want to be responsible for taking away their habitat either through too much land clearing, irresponsible land clearing or by contributing to global warming. We all mad this mess. We all need to fix it..