My Zero Waste Journey So Far

I started this journey towards zero waste about 3 years ago and have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go. I thought it might be helpful if I documented some of the milestones, so I could have a better sense of where I am and where I want to go.

Changes I’ve Made


In The Bathroom

  • Conventional Toothpaste to Homemade
  • Plastic disposable toothbrush to compostable Bamboo Toothbrush
  • Plastic disposable razor to Stainless Steel Safety Razor

  • Shower Gel to Bar of Soap
  • Microbead scrubs to homemade salt/sugar scrubs
  • Feminine Hygiene artificial pads for reusable Bamboo menstrual pads
  • Factory produced lotions and creams in plastic containers to Homemade
  • Disposable cotton face wipes for washable reusable bamboo face wipes/pads

In The Kitchen:


  • Disposable artificial J-Cloths and scrubbers to Coconut Scrubbing brush and wooden brush
  • Artificial Sponges in kitchen and bathroom to Loofahs
  • Foraging for wild foods

  • Artificial coasters to wooden coasters
  • Artificial placemats to Slate placemats


  • Cartoons of Soya, Rice & Oat Milk to homemade Oat milk in glass bottle
  • Cartoons of various creams to homemade Chickpea cream
  • Plastic bin bags to Compostable bags


  • Tea bags to Loose Tea
  • Tupperware containers to glass and tins
  • Plastic electric kettle for stainless steel hob kettle

Out & About


  • Plastic Water Bottles to Stainless Steel & Bamboo Water Bottle
  • Plastic disposable Straw for Glass straw [waiting for bamboo straw to arrive]
  • Plastic disposable Cutlery for reusuable compostable Wheat Straw Cutlery set
  • Plastic bags for cotton & linen tote bags
  • Disposable Tissues for reusable cotton Hankies

Other Changes I’ve Made

  • Using 2 litre plastic milk containers as funnels, jugs, storage, planters…
  • Cereal boxes now recycled as drawer dividers and sorters. also reused as gift boxes
  • All glass jars reused for storage, organisation, homemade cosmetics…
  • Cardboard Egg cartons used to start off seeds
  • Resealable plastic bags used as freezer bags
  • Horse Chestnut soap used instead of conventional detergent [seasonal]


Changes I still want to Achieve

  • Swap plastic disposable biros for reusable bamboo&steel fountain pens
  • Start using Shampoo and conditioner bars
  • Make my own Beeswax Food wraps
  • Buy Tiffin tins/stainless steel canisters
  • Acquire a Glass tea infuser bottle


  • Make my own soap from left over oil
  • Acquire an oil lamp for emergencies

In Conclusion
I’ve had as many failures as successes over the last three years with my endavours to live in a more sustainable way but learnt as much from the failures, as I did the successes.Its been a remarkable and fascinating journey, often not easy but always rewarding. The sense of self-sufficiency, greater connection with the world around me and a greater awareness of how everything and everyone is connected.

I look forward to sharing my continuing adventure on the zero waste journey with you. xx

P.S. Here is a short video of one of the inspiring zero wasters I follow that sum up how I feel perfectly!


Ten Ways To Love Planet Earth On Valentine’s Day

1) Go Plastic Free

2) Switch off gadgets and lights when you leave a room


3) Take the train, a bike or walk

4) Use less

5) Reuse what you already have


6) Recycle when something isn’t reusable


7) Don’t be afraid to speak up for the planet


8) Make Your Own


9) Switch to green energy

10) Grow your own


Happy Valentines Day!! xx

P.s. here is a link to eco friendly free valentine’s Day ecards from WWF

Stormy Weather Over Galway: Global Warming, Rising Water Levels & How to Up-cycle All Those Broken Umbrellas

Autumn is officially here, it rains everyday, the air is becoming bitter cold in the mornings and its dark by dinner time.

Our winters are marked by ever increasingly fierce storms, such as we have never seen before. These storms uproot, flood and destroy all before them and such storm defences as was in place for centuries, are no longer enough.

Or Rather Leo these days…

Thousands of people made homeless, hundreds die, lives destroyed in minutes. You might ask yourself, why is this happening??

The answer is Global Warming. Yes, it exists and its getting worse everyday and its effects are becoming more and more apparent.


You might ask but what is global warming? in the most basic of terms, it is the global temperature of our entire planet rising. It is caused by carbon emissions and it is changing our planet rapidly.


The ice caps are melting and as they melt, the level of the oceans rises and continues to rise. Soon many hundreds of thousands of people and animals will be displaced in a desperate search for higher ground.


In Ireland, we have had some shocking weather in the last ten years, weather which hasn’t been seen in centuries or in some cases never seen before.


There was ‘The Year of The Flood’ in 2009, when bridges, roads and homes were swept away… where the main road from Galway to Connemara became a causeway…


‘The Year of The Snow’ in 2010, months of below freezing temperatures, frozen pipes, downed electricity lines, impassable roads…a time of isolation and fear.

I remember getting up in the dark and wrapping myself in my warmest clothes, strapping on my ice grips and using my mountain walking sticks as skis to get down the two hills to the village below…

I should stress for those not from Ireland, snow is a rare event and usually on the rare occasions it does arrive, it normally only lasts a few hours and is gone again in the morning but this was a year where it snowed, and snowed and kept on snowing….


There was more flooding after the year of the snow and I’ve no doubt there is more to come…


We are not prepared for these massive global changes and we are not doing enough to stop global warming, We need to do more and to do it today for time is running out.

Its a good idea this time of year to try and prepare as much as possible for the winter ahead, lay in extra provisions, a thick pair of wellingtons, extra blankets…Irish weather reporter Teresa Mannion has also this advice:

On a happier note, there are several ways to up-cycle all those broken umbrellas from being out in this stormy weather.

7d830bb2fcdeea794e8a5d06c8138f97--umbrella-lights-umbrella-artThey make great outdoor or indoor light features. Simply string lights through them or run a light bulb through the centre to create a striking effect.



They are useful in the garden as a planter or as a mini greenhouse!



The handle can be used as a coat hook, door handle…

Bag I made today from old Umbrella


Since it is almost October and you might start thinking of dressing up for Halloween, why not use a old umbrella to give yourself impressive bat wings! Best of all, if it rains [and it always does] you will stay nice and dry! 🙂

I leave you with a favourite song of mine from my childhood, which fits perfectly for the day that is in it…