We have begun participating in a research project on circular economy households, that will be a PhD thesis. It is such a lovely idea, and the research methodology relies, in part, on photography. These are some of the images I’ve sent the rather delightful, very smart and committed researcher.
Bread rising, full of candied peel I’ve made from citrus peels that would otherwise go straight to compost. Bread that doesn’t come in a plastic bag!
Some of the pre-loved bottles that have housed the ginger beer of last summer, waiting for warmer weather. They have been refilled many times at our house and travelled the neighbourhood going to other people’s homes, picnics and dinners.
Uh, oh! The pages of books that have come into our street library and haven’t made the cut. These are culled and used as sheet mulch. They will return to soil in our garden. I hate to say it, but sometimes even books have to go. Books that are so racist or sexist that they won’t be circulating through the support of our household. Proselytising materials. Ancient texts that are so out of date they are really being dumped. Sorry, but there it is. Even though I love books!
Jars that have come from Buy Nothing and will soon be filled with olives.
The crockery bank glasses drawer, ready to travel to events or parties. IT hasn’t travelled much during the pandemic.
My second hand iron on the iron board cover I made from a friend’s mother’s stashed ticking after her mother died. That ticking would have come off a mattress her very thrifty mother unpicked and saved.
The ever loving tea towel collection. Home made bread travelling to other folks’ homes often gets a nice, clean tea towel that isn’t a favourite (in case its journey is long or it enters the vast collection of travelling teatowels, never to return!) So that is a loaf of sourdough ready to be delivered to a friend.
Random beautiful wattle.
Scraps from vegetables ready to be made into stock.
Parsley, seedlings and aloe vera going from our household to other people via the Grow Free cart.
These are some of our stories about reducing waste. Feel free to share yours!
2 responses to “Circular economy households”
This is a great way to summarise what you do.👏👏👏
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Thank you! I have been so interested by this framing of things I have been doing for years, and thinking of in other ways.
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