Plastic Free July Update.

The end of Plastic Free July is upon us and I thought I would let you all know what we have been up to.

Firstly, we set up three bins in our house. Compost, Recycle and Rubbish. Now I know what your thinking, plastic bins to fight plastic? The big difference i that all our bins are free from plastic liners and we used newspaper to wrap messy food in as it can be composted and biodegradable. So no excess conumable linings and they’re easy to wash out to keep us all happy and healthy!

My little beans drew pictures for the bins so we knew what bin is doing what.

Wiggly Worms!!!

Our compost and worm farm were also getting a great workout. We love playing with those squishy little fellows. Worms are amazing little things that eat up some of your household waste like egg shells, cardboard and vege scraps and give a special little thing called worm tea back to enrich our plants and veggie garden.

Our compost and worm farm

We also threw food waste out to our beloved little chickens: Storm, Doctor and Ziggy.

 

Chickens really are amazing animals that give so much back to a family. They are great little gardeners, dispose of your household food waste, fertilise your veggie gardens, Make fun and loving pets and give you eggs, glorious eggs!

A chicken hugging faerie!
Free ranging chooks!!

My Ziggy!
Planting our Veggies!
Our Herb Bath!

Growing our very own food was one of our tricky projects we embarked on, but also rewarding and a brilliant educational learning curve. With fighting off very large snails and slugs with beer pots and nights out with the torch picking them off to feed to the chooks, to smothering aphids with soapy water. We did enjoy juicy green broccoli, cauliflower, loads of awesome chillies thad we made hot chilli sauce with and beans.

Our chilli harvest!
KABLAM! Our own hot chilly sauce!
Wow, look at crunchy beans we grew on our bean teepee!

Shopping was always done with care. Taking our own shopping bags and containers to fill. But please watch Faerie Cara’s tips on reusable bags, very important and a huge eye opener. Find a bag you like and make it a special friend you take with you everywhere. You’ll need to use him a minimum of 50 times before it starts to make a difference!

We became very aware at how much plastic we would usually bring home from our shopping trip and discovered things we could make ourselves. We made our own almond milk, bread, yoghurt and even some cosmetics (stay tuned for posts on these adventures!)

Making our own nut milk! Yummmm!
Pureed fruit for breakfast!
Homemade fruit icy snacks!

Our local community and friends are so helpful and also supporters of our environment.

We have friends who are home beekeepers. They gave us some of their fresh honey and even made fig jam for us from their own fig tree. Other locals are lucky enough to live on old orchard land and have fruit trees galore. We were asked to help ourselves to some lovely winter fruits, oranges, mandarins and lemons. Boy did those lemons come in handy for the winter lurgy.

With yoga adventures presenting themselves all the time, it is important to always keep yourself hydrated. Plastic water bottles are one of mother earths biggest problems. Taking your own eco tanker with you everywhere will help the earth and save you money. Here is Faerie Cara again to help you make the best choice when it comes to reusable water bottles (video is at the bottom of this post!)

One of our favourite things we did for our project was making a plastic sculpture from plastic we found on a bush walk and a play on the beach. We also made a recycled scare robot for our vege garden, Professor Junkbottom!

It really made our eyes open and realise how much plastic really is floating around destroying our beautiful wild places and creatures of the earth. This activity inspired us to create a partner yoga dance to one of our favourite songs, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Jack Johnson.

Professor Junkbottom!

So now that we have learned so much about plastic, we have changed our lives by making a few small steps. I hope you can find some inspiration too, to make the change for a healthier planet.

 

Rainbow Pammy
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Rainbow Pammy is a certfied Ashtanga Yoga Instructor and children’s development specialist with over 16 years experience as a qualifed child care worker, teacher’s aide and mother. She developed Rainbow Yogis by taking her years of experience working with children, a love of the environment, plus a lifelong obsession with yoga and smooshing it all together!

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