Wage your own War on Waste

Get your own cup to keep, a Keepcup. Guilt free coffee on the go in a takeaway cup that doesn’t create tons of waste! Wage your own war on waste, re-use your mug! 

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Takeaway-Cups/
Disposable coffee cups do not get recycled! Yes they may be paper, but they have a coating on them which makes them coffee proof (without it they would just become a soggy mess) That coating prevents them from being recycled, so every takeaway coffee you get results in a cup going to landfill. Every cup. Every day, 2 or sometimes 3 times a day. Or more on big days 

#notosingleuse #zerowaste #reuse

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Takeaway-Cups/
Or get yourself a supercool stainless steel insulated cup, the vacuum insulation means your coffee stays hot, almost forever (well, all day pretty much).

Or take 5 and have a sit down in cafe de-stress timeout while you’re at it. It costs no more and you don’t have to wash the cup!​

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Drink-Bottles/

Once you’ve got the coffee thing sorted, think about the water bottle issue. There’s more waste to avoid there. Keep away from plastics, go stainless steel or glass.

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Drink-Bottles/

Stainless steel with bamboo on lid. 

In matt black

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Drink-Bottles/

Growler’ style is also available.

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Lunchbox-%26-Snackbox

And there are steel lunchbox options.

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Takeaway-Cups/

And cups for cold drinks 

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Takeaway-Cups/

Or smoothie and shake styles

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Drink-Bottles/

All those choices of colours and sizes, you’ll want to get more than one ! Hahaha. But seriously, get one that has a wide opening so it’s easy to drink from, easy to clean, and you can drop ice blocks in when the heat is on.

http://www.ecoathome.com.au/Eco-Homewares-Drink-Bottles/

And if the teacher allows, glass bottles are great especially if you take juice or flavoured water.

So wage your own war on waste! 

Free Food, share where

There’s a great App for the eco minded, greenies and frugavores alike. This App has permaculture and guerilla gardening at heart! It’s called Berry Hunters, and it’s free for a short time, so check it out now!

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I really like this App because it makes use of existing but neglected resources.

Screenshot of Berry Hunters App adding your trees
It’s easy to add trees to Berry Hunters.

The idea is that when you find a fruit tree, nut tree or berry bush that’s not on private property, you register it using the Berry Hunters App. You can include a photograph of it, which indicates the size and condition of the plant, and where to find it if the location is a bit tricky. The Berry Hunters App uses your phone/ipads’ GPS locator to record where the tree is, or you can enter it manually if you’re not on-location.

Screenshot of Berry Hunters App showing fruit tree locations in Cambridge

Screenshot of Berry Hunters App with tree locations

It’s easy to search the Berry Hunters collection. Use the magnifier in the top right corner to type in a different address.  The example shows Cambridge, where it’s been used for a while. The App has been developed in the UK, so to see it in action type your location as London, and see just how much free food is available in a big city! It would be fantastic to see hundreds, no thousands, of food trees logged in Australia.

To expand on this, remember to plant some trees in your area, outside your property. This is a great way to get some of the larger trees, like nut trees, mangoes and avocados, close to you but not in your property where it will overshadow everything else. Your street verge, or the bit of ground at the end of a cul-de-sac, in amongst some bushes in a local park; I’m sure you can think of other places where the tree may be overlooked until it is well established!

Other Berry Hunters can now share in this otherwise wasted bounty, and in return you can see any other free food that’s within a radius of up to 10miles from you current location. Handy if you need a lemon for that fish you’re baking or tart you’re making! Or you can set your location to somewhere else, and register gandma’s tree which hangs over the fence with a load of free lemons or plums or pomegranates (that’s in the apple family, just type in the title). Knowing about a nearby cumquat would have been handy during my last jam making session!

Check it out. Do it now, you have nothing to lose!
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