TLDL?: I have saved $770USD/£550 since November 2018.
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!
TLDL?: Hong Kong and I, are making various kinds of progress.
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
Account to follow - LiveZeroHK Instagram
TLDL?: Buy the Eco Egg, and save a lot of money, easy.
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.
TLDL?: Stop buying sponges, buy something more durable like cleaning cloths.
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.
Eco alternatives for inspiration
TLDL?: I did some things to help.
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.
TLDL?: Buy this product and save a lot of money on your water bill.
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.
TLDL?: I want to reduce the plastic I use from just eating yogurt. It isn’t that easy.
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.
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.
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.
Eat an ice-cream with an ice-cream cone from an ice-cream van. Where is the waste?
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.
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.
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 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?
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!
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/
A quick aside about our consumption of coffee (not beer) away from the home. I keep a mug in my local coffee shop and no longer drink out of plastic cups. The plastic lining isn’t easily recycled and you’re ingesting elements of heated plastic in the process. I also don’t get a coffee to go, I feel I should sit down and take the time to relax while drinking some of the black.
TLDL?: Drink your coffee in your favourite mug or flask when out and about, consider the effects of the the normalised practise of ‘coffee-to-go’ and its harmful impact on the environment.
Bring your own mug/flask, and get a discount to boot.
Consider drinking your coffee in a coffee shop (make sure to ask for it in a mug).
TLDL?: You’re paying for electricity even if you turn things off. I didn’t even know this. Want to save some of your hard earned money? Then unplug everything you don’t need. except the necessary power switches you can set up to alleviate the inconvenience of having to turn everything on/off repeatedly.
In the process you’ll be saving money on your utility bill with a bit of planning. It can range from 5% to above 10% depending on your house hold set up.
Unplug everything you’re not using (at the moment, I only have a fridge, wifi [only during the day] and a kitchen power strip attached to the mains).
Charge your devices during the day and not over night to save electricity.
Utilise power switches to make turning on and turning everything off easier.
(OPTIONAL) Purchase an Electricity Usage Monitor to get the wattage with your devices when on standby or “turned off”.
How Much Am I Projected to Save So Far?
At a minimum, with these ideas - $48 a year with my set up.