23 - Product Highlight: EvaPolar

TLDL?: Buy an EvaPolar device to save on the costs of using the AC.

Show Notes

In this episode I share with you another product that can potentially save you money in the long term with an EvaPolar device, Ive been using it for the past month and I give the listener a quick explainer as to how it works.

Show Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVsgHcIBaZA&t=1s - YouTube version of this review

https://evapolar.com

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22 - Zerowasting: Computing

TLDL?: I bought a second hand computer to save money, maybe you could also?

Show Notes

In this episode I talk about how I needn’t lust after the latest and greatest anymore and get on the second hand train in order to save a ton of money because I’m properly assessing my needs and in the process using computers that already exist without bringing new ones into the word, regardless of their environmental impact.

Show Links

https://www.apple.com/environment/

https://www.apple.com/environment/pdf/products/desktops/27-inch_iMac_with_Retina5KDisplay_PER_Mar2019.pdf

https://www.apple.com/environment/pdf/products/archive/2012/macbookpro_retinadisplay_per_june2012.pdf

https://www.apple.com/environment/pdf/products/ipad/iPadPro_12.9-inch_PER_oct2018.pdf

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21 - #1 Zerowasting: Plastics

TLDL?: In this episode I share how I’m saving money while reducing my use of plastics.

Show Notes

To save some more money, you have to sacrifice a little bit of convenience in the beginning but it’s entirely worth it if you have more money at the end of the month; if you’re tracking your savings already, you’ll believe me. Included are 10 tips to help you reduce your consumption of plastic and save money.

1. Bring my own reusable bag.

2. Deliberately not buying new things I don't usually buy that come in plastic.

3. Stopped buying frozen meat wrapped in plastic from the supermarket.

4. Began buying fresh meat not wrapped in plastic from the local market.

5. I buy yogurt in larger containers. From 500g to 1kg tubs.

6. I am currently reusing the 1kg as plant pots so they are not being thrown away.

7. Buy cheese from the market.

8. Buy in bulk where possible, and eat-in instead of getting takeaway (but if you want take away, bring a container).

9. Carry a small container for ice-cream for those crucial, and spontaneous ice-cream purchases.

10. Try to visit your local zerowaste store for more inspiration.

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20 - Expert Discussion: Food and Beverage

TLDL?: This episode is 2 of 6 panel discussions from Hong Kong covering topics related to a zerowaste lifestyle.

Show Links

All discussions (Scroll down to discussion 3 on the website). Even numbered discussions are originally in Chinese.

Video version (Youtube)

Zerowaste YouTube Playlist

Show Notes

The interesting points that were raised during the talk:

  • By growing their own gardens with Rooftop Republic, people reconnected with food and developed an intimate relationship with the fruit and vegetables that they were raising. This is a crucial link that we lost by not being involved in the farming process in our urban jungle. We believe that all produces on shelves are just getting there automatically without seeing the farmer’s efforts and nature’s work to get them there. By getting more aware of that, we can treat what is in our plate with respect and waste less.

  • We Use witnessed consumer switch from convenience to getting engaged on their events’ impact. Enabling them to clear up their events location with minimum waste by providing them re-usable materials that they need offers optimized zero waste impact with convenience for the operator. From the mind of the organizers, looking for a change in the way they were operating, it is now rippling to consumer mind set who understand the need for a change that matters by bringing and using re-usable utensils instead of single use items.

  • At the end of our plate lifecycle, HK Community Composting is doing more than diverting food waste from the landfill. We may see them as waste but food scraps and waste are extremely valuable. Apart from landfill diversion, getting them composted brings powerful and much needed nutrients to our soils and will help them to grow more quality products in the next harvest. Compost is an asset and our waste should be treated with due respect, that’s what circular community is all about.

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18 - Expert Discussion: Sustainability & Waste

TLDL?: This episode is 1 of 6 panel discussions from Hong Kong covering topics related to a zerowaste lifestyle.

Show Links

All discussions (Scroll down to discussion 1 on the website)

Video version (Youtube)

Zerowaste YouTube Playlist

Show Notes

In this episode the speakers addressed the challenges of living a zero waste life. Some important focus points of how individuals can help on the matter included:

  • To talk about the issues. Everyone could use their social media channels to spread the words 

  • Buy less stuff 

  • Reduce waste rather than recycle

  • To think about the whole lifecycle and create a circular economy

Books/Movies recommended by our speakers:

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17 - Zerowasting: Pet Ownership

TLDL?: Pet Ownership is expensive. Here’s how to save some money.

Show Notes

In this episode I share with you the fact my cat Milo died, I wanted to do an episode on pet ownership as I was in the process of always trying to look after Milo in the easiest way to my wallet as possible. Now that he’s died, I’ll be making just this one episode with helping to save you some money.

We cover all of the cost reduction techniques I employed while looking after Milo, toilet flushing and the dangers with doing so, flushable cat litter, buying more meat instead of treats.

Money Saving Tips

  1. Buy in bulk, if not to get a discount, but to save on fuel costs and on doing a repetitive task.

  2. Have a large glass jar handy and pour as much cat food into it and seal the bag it came in. This is to open large bags as few times as possible.

  3. Flush your pet waste where possible.

  4. Buying a toilet trainer for you cat is going to save you the most possible about of money.

  5. Stop buying treats, on a per kilo basis its cheaper to buy tinned meat.

  6. Don’t buy a cat or dog, look at alternative ways to find companionship. Visit a pet cafe on a regular basis.

Show Links

My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathanjk/

https://www.zerowasteusa.com <<< (a zerowaste pet store, never bought from them by the way)

https://zerowastenerd.com/zero-waste-cat/ - blog

https://www.floppycats.com/cat-feces-flushing-a-bad-thing.html - blog

https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-406378.html - discussion

https://poopengineer.blogspot.com/2019/02/resilient-wastewater-treatment.html - blog

https://www.reddit.com/r/ZeroWaste/comments/878aj8/dog_toy_solutions/ - discussion

https://www.reddit.com/r/ZeroWaste/comments/b27kmz/reusing_holey_socks_she_seems_to_love_it/ - discussion

https://www.reddit.com/r/ZeroWaste/comments/at070r/made_some_zerowaste_dog_toys_from_old_tshirts/ - discussion

https://www.reddit.com/r/ZeroWaste/comments/bbcuce/old_t_shirts_make_a_chew_toy/ - discussion

https://gippslandunwrapped.com/2017/11/02/our-zero-waste-dog/ - blog

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/2016/3/3/zero-waste-dog - blog

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14 - #1 How Much Are You $aving?

TLDL?: I have saved $770USD/£550 since November 2018.

Show Notes

In this episode I’m going to talk a little bit about how important it is to keep a record of your progress, write everything you do down, even if it’s on toilet paper! Write it down! I also talk about the savings I've made with regard to doing "zerowaste" and what I've done with that money since November.

References are also made to previous episodes, if this is your first episode, try to download them from the beginning to get on track with zero waste. Just because they are old, doesn’t mean they are not useful!

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13 - #2 Tu Es Einfach (TEE)

TLDL?: Hong Kong and I, are making various kinds of progress.

Show Notes

In this episode I share some of the progress I’ve made alongside some of Hong Kong’s.  I talk about my ability to compost, an update from the humble sponge episode, my local zerowaste store has expanded and what this means, why I won’t be suggesting patreon on this podcast, and I’m going to talk about using seawater for toilet flushing, 

Account to follow - ZeroWaste Twitter

jonathanjk.com

Show Links

Account to follow - LiveZeroHK Instagram

Research of different types of flush water

Should we use ocean water to flush toilets to save fresh water

Seawater toilets help flush away water shortages

Qingdao to Flush Toilets with Seawater

Sea water flushing to be extended

Why don’t toilets use seawater?

12 - Product Highlight: Eco Egg

TLDL?: Buy the Eco Egg, and save a lot of money, easy.

Show Notes

In this episode I share with you another product which is definitely going to save you some serious money. The Eco Egg.

For me, as a single guy I used to spend roughly $60USD (£48) a year on washing powder that came in a non-recycable box. With the Eco Egg purchase, I’ve just spent $32USD (£25), but get this, the amount I purchased lasts for 3 YEARS! So that’s under $11USD a year!

I went from an estimated $195-$260USD over three years, to just $32. Can you save more if you have a family? I’m sure you could, easily. Then think of the amount of less waste you’re not making.

The Eco Egg is a clever and simpler way to save money, save time and save on waste clearly.

Show Links

https://www.ecoegg.com

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11 - $aving On: The Humble Kitchen Sponge

TLDL?: Stop buying sponges, buy something more durable like cleaning cloths.

Show Notes

I was spending $20 USD a year roughly on cleaning sponges, I also didn’t like throwing them away. I looked for an alternative, at the moment its the microfibre cleaning cloth to clean my dishes and kitchen worktops with.

Show Links

https://coraball.com

https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-Kitchen-Cleaning-Cloth-Cloths/dp/B007RG4N8A

Coconut cleaning cloths

Are Microfibre Towels Really Better For the Environment?

Eco alternatives for inspiration

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10 - #1 Tu Es Einfach (TEE)

TLDL?: I did some things to help.

Show Notes

In this first episode of ‘Tu Es Einfach’ or TEE for short, we, catch up with some of the personal developments I’ve made with zero waste, what’s my progress and some refinements I’ve made. In future episodes I want to talk about current events as well. Today though, you just get me.

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9 - Product Highlight: Nozzle

TLDL?: Buy this product and save a lot of money on your water bill.

Show Notes:

In this episode I sit down and explain a fantastic product which could potentially save you a stupid ton of money off your water bill. It is a simple water attachment to your tap (or faucet) and reduces the water flow by 98%. That reads as extreme, but Altered Company, the company that makes it says so themselves.

Having used the Nozzle for the past few months I thought I’d share my successes with the product and then go into some of the major criticisms levelled at it by reading the Amazon reviews and temper your expectations before purchasing it because of its ‘extremeness’.

For example plenty of complaints are directed at the Nozzle’s ability to ‘leak’ or ‘takes longer to wash one’s hands. In share how it can take some adjustment (plus not everyone is a plumber) and basically patience is a virtue, even though it doesn’t take me longer to wash my hands or face. The subjectivity and consideration of your own habits need exploring and this is what this podcast tries to do.

The Nozzle will change habits and while there can come with it a period of discomfort, I argue there is worse discomfort down the road if we don’t do something about our consumption habits today.

Show Links:

https://www.alteredcompany.com/shop-17

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/621008351/altered-nozzle-same-tap-98-less-water/comments

https://www.amazon.com/Altered-Nozzle-Attachment-Adapter-Experience/product-reviews/B073SKXJ3F/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_hist_5?ie=UTF8&filterByStar=five_star&reviewerType=all_reviews&pageNumber=1#reviews-filter-bar

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8 - #2 It All Adds Up

TLDL?: I want to reduce the plastic I use from just eating yogurt. It isn’t that easy.

Show Notes

No solution to share, just a quick discussion of a conundrum that I have with my well meaning intentions vs my wallet. Something hopefully everyone can relate to if you’re interested in going zero waste.

Show Links

http://www.savingthewest.org/blog/2018-stat-of-the-year-90-of-plastic-isnt-recycled/

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6 - Zerowasting: Häagen-Dazs

TLDL?: I make the point that we need to be mindful of what we eat and we can still eat our treats in more environmentally friendly ways.

TIPS:

  1. Eat your ice-cream from a restaurant in your own bowl if they don’t provide one. Also ask for a discount just incase they see the benefit of you using your own utensils.

  2. Eat an ice-cream with an ice-cream cone from an ice-cream van. Where is the waste?

Show Notes

Experimental for me, I podcast on location in a 711 with some wireless headphones as a spur of the moment thing. I share my last ice-cream, which came from a packet, with you, to make the point there are cleverer ways to eat what you want without creating waste.

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5 - $aving On: Tampons

TLDL?: Stop buying tampons each month, every year, buy a moon cup or diva cup (hate that name) as a one-time purchase, save a ton of money and save all that waste going to the landfill.

Show Notes

I sat down with Rea and got her opinion on the moon cup, so that Rea could share her experience with those who don’t anything about this wondering money saving and landfill rescuing device.

Show Links

https://groundswell.org/women-spend-hundreds-of-extra-dollars-per-year-heres-one-easy-out/

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4 - $aving On: Household Water

Show Notes: In this episode I share my water bill, discuss water usage and questioning how we use water on a small level. I also set myself a challenge and want to share the challenge with you. Can you save 10% off your water bill?

Happy listening.

TLDL?: If you manage your water usage, it will go down and you'll save money on your water bill of course! I share 7 tips that I do myself.

Only one tip involves spending money, it's also a long term payoff.

BONUS TIP because you're reading this, I mop my shower floor of water and I also use that as flush water!

Show Links

Reduce tap water flow by 98% - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/621008351/altered-nozzle-same-tap-98-less-water

20 more tips - https://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-ways-to-conserve-water-at-home.html

45 more tips - https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/45-ways-to-conserve-water-in-the-home-and-yard/