Dear Reader, my apologies for my absence these last few weeks, my husband has been quite unwell and life just snowballed, so its only now that I’m catching my breath. Thanks to The Powers That Be, he is slowly improving.
It has been a strange often surreal exhausting time, a haze of disinfectant sprays, wipes, washes…In the face of serious illness in the house, I had to give up much of my zero waste lifestyle.
There is just no way to reuse or recycle used surgical gloves, bandages, bin bags etc, where there is infection, so our landfill waste bin has to be emptied every single day, where it used to be once a week. It may not sound so awful but it weighed heavily on my mind.
Bottles and bottles of disinfectant laundry detergent, floor disinfectant, surface disinfectant everywhere…The danger of infection and illness was too serious to use anything but the prescribed methods, which to be fair, worked but were very harsh, both on one’s skin, lungs, clothes and the environment.
On a side note, the one natural product I was pleasently surprised the hospital approved of, was Tea Tree Oil. So it went into everything, detergent, floor cleaner, shampoo, shower gel, soap…
Tea Tree Oil is an awesome and powerful antiseptic, which I cannot recommend enough!
As my husband was bed bound and I became his full time, if temporary carer, money has been really, really tight.
This added stress and worry to the already tough situation and I felt overwhelmed, lost and without hope.
Thankfully I didn’t have to resort to calling on Rumpelstiltskin, as the unfortunate girl who had to spin gold out of straw needed to in the well known fairytale but I found my salvation in the practice of Zero Waste.
Late one night, unable to sleep [the couch by necessity had become my bed], I was browsing on Youtube and suddenly, like a flash of Lighting, I found myself captivated by people, who changed completely how they looked at the world, the ‘waste’ they created and the exciting concept of The Three Rs!
The Three Rs
There are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. A remarkably straight forward concept but one which I have taken to heart and which is revolutionising my life! 🙂
With Christmas on the horizon, I have taken ordinary everyday items that are usually used once and then discarded, such as milk cartoons, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, margarine tubs, plastic bottles and with some help from Youtube and unwanted fabric, paper bags, glue and scissors, I am turning them into Gift Boxes, Gift Bags and storage containers.
I talked about my ventures into this a month ago but my endeavours are coming on considerably since.
I love turning something which is plain and ordinary into something beautiful and special, which will bring pleasure to someone I care about. It is tremendously satisfying and an excellent way to unwind and take your mind off your troubles.
Out of necessity, Homemade gifts shall be the order of the day this Christmas, so I have been making Heat Pads, Neck Warmers, Hand Warmers for all, as well as cushions and homemade beauty products.
Yes, it is true, it takes a lot of time, a lot of patience, mumbled swearwords under one’s breath as you prick your finger yet AGAIN…but its so worth it.
The most wonderful side effect of all my recent frugal endeavours is an unexpected feeling of ‘plenty‘.
From being stressed out of my mind about how we would manage with all the necessary cut backs and economies, I’ve been delighfully surprised to feel excited about all the ways I have learnt to make a little into a lot.
I feel as if someone has handed me the horn of Cornucopia [the mythical horn of plenty] and all it takes to unlock the door into this world of wonder and magic is some imagination, a bit of inspiration from the web and a willingness to experiment.
I have started sleeping on the floor, for a variety of reasons and after doing a little research and using my own experiences, I can’t talk enough about the amazing benefits.
People are shocked and worried, when I tell them I’m sleeping on the floor but I’m loving it! Each night is a new adventure, a new experience and I wake up feeling restored, relaxed and ready for a bright new day! 🙂
Sleep well xx