Well summer is upon us and our rubbish free year is soon coming to an end – two months to go. We are starting to think about what on earth a rubbish free Christmas will look like – what to buy, how to wrap , how to post … more on that when we actually do it. I can report on our birthdays though, both of which we had over the last few weeks. I took Matthew out for dinner and a movie, and this weekend he is taking me away on a birthday surprise weekend. I love surprises, so whatever we do I’ll probably be stoked. We’ve found giving someone an experience is a great way to avoid gifting someone plastic -whether its the item or the packaging, it also often ends up supporting local business, so it’s all good. The other trick is giving consumables, added bonus people have a legitimate way of making it disappear if they don’t like it. No questions asked. Aside from my surprise weekend (which I am picking will be camping somewhere) I received two other presents. One was cash. No rubbish there. The other was a pair of socks knitted by mum. Mum knits great woolen socks that are hard wearing and really warm – not to mention package free. Good on you mum! We live at the other end of the island to mum and dad so presents are always posted, and since our challenge started they have always sent packages of brown paper tied up with string (any S.O.M fans humming?). I love receiving these wholesome little time trips, it reminds me of the 70’s.
Speaking of post, I think the last item of rubbish in our bag was from NZ post. An Australian home design magazine had run an article on us and sent us a copy in a regular A4 paper envelope, unfortunately it wasn’t strong enough for the journey and it burst, so NZ post came to the rescue with a nice strong durable plastic bag for it and a big apology sticker explaining what had happened. No one to blame really, everyone did their best,
This week we also had a paint spill in the garage and have ended up with a blob of solid paint. What do you do with paint? Is is plastic? Will it biodegrade? Are modern day acrylic paints toxic? – i.e. would you be happy for it to be breaking down in your compost heap?
The only other ‘rubbish news’ I can think of to happen this week was that I raided the ‘Lost Ark’ again (the treasure trove of items that will be rubbish when used, but are technically OK to use so long as we don’t finish them). While biking I collided with a kid on a skateboard, I fell connecting my upper lip with the board as it flew up from the pavement. Came home and considered not doing anything about it but Matthew raided the box for the disinfectant. Probably just as well.