Vanilla Rooibos with a touch of Rose

There has been an lengthy absence in my blog updates, which is what I didn’t want to happen. I frequently dream of being a ~real blogger~ (frankly because so many beautiful lifestyle blogs are the reason I’ve made so many positive changes to my life in recent years) but I’m pretty rubbish at it. I’ve started and given up on so many blogs, and I felt like giving up on this one, but I thought of the reason I started this one – to talk about zero waste from the point of view of someone who’s not wealthy, not a ‘crunchy mum, and not completely crazy.

Well, I did recently make mini greenhouses out of strawberry boxes which most people thought was mad, which was actually quite successful. (I’m growing thyme and Gypsophila or ‘baby’s breath’) There have also been a lot of missed zero-waste team hangouts, we made a tonne of Mexican food and pancakes and even had a big old clothes swap! Featuring vegan bake sale by yours truly.

Lately the broke scale has been sliding more towards broken. While I’m impressed that I can now stretch $7 to last me 2 weeks, this newly enforced monkish veganism is starting to get me down. I haven’t had take away soy hot chocolate in a park (my favourite thing ever) in several months. I’ve stopped drinking, going out, eating meat or drinking many dairy products.  It’s been pretty good for my cooking skills, and for my scrounging skills (see aforementioned strawberry greenhouses) but what I wouldn’t kill for that takeaway hot chocolate in the park.

It’s not all bad. I’ve recently found I have a particular affinity with making beeswax wraps, and I’ve fallen in love with my local library (I love my current home, so so much). I’ve been loving having a nearby zero waste store, and so so many parks (oh, and a wetland or five). It’s a different bit of Perth to what I’m used to, and it’s pretty nice. Sure, there are a higher proportion of old, conservative, crotchety, tiny dog owning, no-voting, Liberal fans, but they pale in comparison to waking up each morning to the sounds of my lovely (and yes-voting) housemates shuffling around the house at 6am and the gentle warbling of the magpies outside my window.

 

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For now, I will try my best to updated this blog weekly, even if it has no readership, for nothing more than to have done what I set up to do – write more.

If you’re interested in purchasing some of my beeswax wraps you can find them here:
Witch of Waste

Much Love,

Clement.

chocolate frogs 

Zero wast doesn’t mean you can’t eat junk food. 

Today was a bit of a hard day, so I went to Spudshed and got a bunch of junk food to eat while running my errands. (And to give as gifts to my hosts various hosts!) It felt good to shop waste free, and to use one of my favourite containers too. And I spent my off time loafing around my dads backyard where my faithful, yet grumpy, rabbit is currently boarding while im house hopping. 


Look at that barely suppressed rage – he hasn’t been able to sneak his way in to anyone’s bed for a whole week. (yes my rabbit sleeps in my bed occasionally, just picture a vegetarian cat okay) (don’t judge me)

Tomorrow I’m looking at a new house with my ~future housemate~ and relocating to house sit location #2. It’s a v idyllic riverside cottage which is unfortunately attached to an unnamed private school? Ho hum. It does come with a v cute dog and is deliciously isolated from anyone. 

Also later this week I’m going to a plastic free dinner party with aforementioned trash elimination inspiration, Lauren. We’re also going to make some plastic free/zero waste meals and visit the Wastefree Pantry. I’m really dorkily excited and despite having little to no viewership on the blog I will definitely blog about it. 

Wishing you a plastic free night x 

strawberries and grape tomatoes

A caveat on zero waste – After chatting to my friend Rob at a party last night (he’s doing plastic free july, and we ate so many chips guiltily because we can’t eat that packaged goodness any more) I’ve realised that I’m not completely the zero waste queen I might appear to be. Well, that I was before I broke my leg, then I started eating delicious packaged foods again and oh god it was good. But I don’t intend to be the kind of zero waste purist you see all over instagram, I want to be rational about it.

There are parts of my life that I just can’t compromise on. Mostly for me that’s medication. Anti anxiety medication, contraceptives, vitamins, painkillers… Without them my life would really, really suck. And to be honest, if I’m having a bad day I’m going probably buy a bottle of wine too.

I’m also controversially not a vegan. The one time I tried to be a vegetarian I had serious issues with anemia and I quite like cheese. And I have yet to find somewhere to buy strawberries and little tomatoes that doesn’t have packaging, but I still eat them on occasion. So sue me. I have enough issues eating regularly and maintaining a balanced diet anyway, so eating the good things I like helps me keep things balanced.

Zero waste is a hard change to make, and is incredibly worth it, but isn’t worth sacrificing your physical and mental health for.

 

 

 

spelt orzotto, green beans || a personal update

I’m still relatively awkward at blogging at all, I struggle to see how other people would be interested in my life. But I have to remember that I do actually live a relatively alternative lifestyle, and it’s something that I’d really love other people to consider doing too.

This month as been pretty mad too frankly – I did a spree of markets, selling both my second hand belongings at a community market and some handmade ~witchy~ things at Perth’s combined coven’s market.

I’ve also had to leave my home due to unfortunate circumstances and am currently housesitting at my friends’ home. It’s kind of nice actually, living in a way that’s really different to how I usually do, living in spaces that are very different. I do miss all my beautiful pets though! There’s nothing better than fresh quail eggs and a tiny rabbit to snuggle. I’m even missing my semi ornamental hermit crab. I really hope they’re safe at the various homes they’re staying at.

Being without a fixed home is a bit of a trial for me, I really am a homebody and I enjoy nothing more than baking and gardening in my own space. I’m so lucky I have the support of the people around me to help me while I’m struggling. Thank you in particular to the friends who’ve given me their homes, and my mum who helped me pack and listened to me whine. Oh and her dog Max for keeping me loved.

Oh! I’m also working at an ice rink in the city and pretending that I’m on holidays. Yeah, I know it’s strange but it helps.

You’ll have to forgive me, I’m still a bit out of it. The one genuinely great thing is that it’s plastic free july! This means that a whole lot of normies who don’t live plastic free/or plastic reduced liftestyles take the plunge for a month and try not to use single use plastics, or plastics at all. I’m using it as a stepping stone towards getting back to zero waste. I’ve done it once before, last year, after being inspired by my wonderful ex-housemate Lauren. We’re planning a cute shopping trip to Perth’s only true Zero Waste store The Wasteless Pantry and having a plastic free dinner party. I think I might do a version of my zero waste cordial (recipe to come).

Here’s me, trying to blog still despite the flu and some dodgy mental health.

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This month will be a good blog-heavy month. Stay tuned.

coles brand black tea, no sugar.

I think this year I’ve hit my low point – I’ve started buying coles brand black tea. No definitive type of tea, just ‘black tea’. I’m not sure what’s weaker: it, or my resolve to get out of bed in the morning.

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My name’s not Clement, but we’ll go with that for now. I just turned 25 and I’m in the biggest debt of my life, just dropped out of uni, am unemployed and in less than a month I will be homeless and couch surfing. And still living in Perth. Yeah sounds bad to me too. But frankly, this is the happiest and most mentally healthy I’ve been in years and years. Well maybe not happy, but, okay? This is the most okay I’ve been in years. A genuine achievement.

I’ve decided to publicly write about the things that I’m doing to get out of this slump because I everyone seems to be in the same boat currently. It’s hard being mid-20s, (“millennial”) independent and in Australia right now and I don’t think we’re talking about it enough. I’m trying not to swear but really, it’s shit. I’m sick of older generations looking down on us when all around me young people are working so hard, struggling so much, and sometimes, getting places.

I do also try to live my life as zero-waste as possible. After doing a big zero-waste lifestyle change, I tried to keep it going, but ended up breaking my leg and relying on a combo of coles delivery and kindness from parental figures. Go figure. So I’ll be turning back to my zero-waste roots and writing about how to make small, not drastic, changes in your life that can reduce waste, and your bills. Oh, and did I mention my crippling mental health issues? There’s that too.

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some sick zero-waste bread

Don’t get me wrong, in many ways I live a cushy and privileged life, and I’m so grateful to the people in my life that keep me ticking along,  but I want to be honest about what I do. I want this blog to be a source of frugal living tips (from not another ‘mommy blogger’), a place to discuss my personal struggle with anxiety and depression, triumphs of my other mid-20s babes, promote a zero-waste mindset and also, celebrate the little things – celebrate the trashy goddesses we are.

So please pour yourself a glass of goon and be the trash queen you were always meant to be.

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