“Shrink-wrapped shallots and polystyrene-packed peppers are a thing of the past at Original Unverpackt, a German concept store selling groceries without the packaging”.
Only two or three weeks ago, France announced that supermarkets were banned from throwing food away, and risked fines if they did not donate it to charities. They even obliged the biggest retailers to enter contracts with such charities, as a sign of commitment.
Despite being a fair progress, some would say quite rightfully in fact that the French Government is chewing the wrong end of the stick, since supermarkets are only responsible for less than 5% of whole the food wasted annually (I know I was surprised too, it’s the same in England, the biggest wasters… are us!).
I personally think it’s a great idea, and I would be the first one to shop there! There has been a similar scheme launched in Brighton a couple of years ago I think, although I’m not too sure how this went…
I have tried once to go shopping and bring back home zero packaging (except for that could be recycled)… Well it wasn’t easy. Whilst I said no to extra bags (whether paper or plastic) for bread or vegetables for example (and of course I had my “bag for life” bag), things like pasta can only be bought in a shop… pre-packed. So I ended up only being able to eliminate probably just over half the packaging of an average shop…
Any of you ever been in a “zero-packaging shop”? Are you conscious of how much packaging you are bringing back home from your shopping… that ultimately ends up in the bin?
“The bankers are saying that off-grid living is now so viable that it threatens the whole utilities model. Nick Rosen, editor of off-grid.net, argues that it can’t happen a minute too soon.”
This article published in The Guardian in April last year was a liberation. From a business point of view, it proved us when times were a bit tough, that we actually were on the right track. But from a more personal point of view, in the last year off-grid living has stopped being synonym of tree-hugging hippies (to remain polite), it has become almost fashionable. The concepts of “tiny homes” and “homesteading” are now widely accepted pretty much everywhere. If you read anything specific to the renewable energy industry, the strain some put on their national grid, is a real problem, and without going completely off-grid, the only real answer is “self-consumption”.
Off-grid living is not seen as a silent protest by long-haired cavemen anymore, it has become a young and proactive development movement in which we take charge of ourselves pretty much individually but for the benefit of the rest of us.
Look After Your Planet is an off-grid living blog. Not a “how-to” guide, as we are still very much at the beginning of our journey, but rather a diary on why, how, when, where and another thousand questions. I’m looking to share our experience as much as I am looking for advice and suggestions.
We have decided to tackle the following challenges: energy and waste first, very recently (some) food, and soon to come accommodation. Future projects will address travelling, and household and personal/cosmetic products. For now…
The end game is just a simpler, self-resilient, sustainable and more responsible lifestyle.
“We” by the way includes myself, my partner in crime, a very colleish dog and a very mareish horse! (Also for now…)
I am passionate about our wonderful little planet. I am also very much aware that the vast majority of us (that doesn’t exclude me) takes it for granted. And most of all , I truly and utterly hate waste! I try everything I possibly can to reduce (and ultimately avoid) any negative impacts. I reduce, reuse and recycle, and also now (very trendy) upcycle 🙂 So in my ever-lasting quest to be as environmentally friendly as possible, I do a lot of reading, and I’ll probably be posting a few tips that I find useful.
Oh and because we’re kind of globe-trotters, I’ve also included a travel section.
So here it goes, hope you’ll enjoy the journey as much as we do!