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Non-Binary

Almost everytime I see someone on the street, my brain goes to categorise them as either male or female. Sometimes my brain has a bit of trouble, and then I think: “Why am I doing this? It shouldn’t and it doesn’t matter.”

I think my brain does this because it is trying to assess threat levels. But I have observed violent tendencies in both male and females.

Gender is not black or white, it is not binary. To quote the tv show “You can’t Ask That”, Gender is a spectrum between black and white and all the shades of grey in-between.

Plastic Free July Day 31

60. Plastic Spoon

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My plastic spoon, rescued from an aeroplane dinner service a few months ago, made up part of my “takeway cutlery kit”. Today, it broke. Vale poor spoon, I guess it’s time to find a metal one instead.

In some good news, my workplace, them that use incredible amounts of plastic plates and cutlery, decided to give away double wall steel reusable water bottles today. Woot.

Plastic Free July Day 30

57. Fish wrapper

Plastic Free July

I bought fish for dinner. It came wrapped in plastic. Considering that the last time I went direct to the fishmonger and asked if the fish was sustainable and was given a blank look by the 14 year old school kid behind the counter, I didn’t have high hopes of pulling off the reusable container stunt from when I got pork mince. Also, convenience.

58. cheese wrapper

Plastic Free July

Cheese comes wrapped in plastic. Unless it’s a whole round that is dipped in wax. I can’t eat 30kg of cheese in one sitting. The only place that I remember which used to wrap smallish rounds in wax is Tilba Real Dairy, but that was a long time ago.

59. Bulk teabags

Plastic Free July

My other half likes a particular brand of tea. Even if bought in bulk, plastic is involved. I have also heard that some teabag manufacturers use plastic in the teabag “weave”, or some plastic to non-staple the tag to the tea bag.

On the plus side, I attended a little workshop on how to make beeswax wraps using just beeswax and an iron. Not recommended to use beeswax wraps on fish though.

Plastic Free July Day 27

NO PLASTIC

A half day meeting at a not-normal office location. Catering is provided. I eat sandwiches using my reusable container as a “plate”. Everyone else uses the disposable plastic plates. Rummaging in the woeful kitchen cupboards reveals another reusable plastic container in which leftovers from the fruit platter can be placed and given to another meeting attendee.

Plastic Free July Day 24

NO PLASTIC

All day work meeting at a hotel. I refuse to take the “complimentary” bottle of water provided as part of the meeting catering. I put some buffet lunch leftovers in my reusable container. A really nice fennel & red cabbage salad. This contributes to dinner.

Plastic Free July Days 20-23

As you might have guessed by the date stamps on these posts, I am taking photos of my plastic use as it happens, and then writing about it when I have time. I have lost days 20-23. I’m not saying that they were plastic free (and I am sure I did use plastic in each of these days), but I have no evidence otherwise. Daily posting is a little onerous when you are working full time.

Plastic Free July Day 13

24. Wrapper from drink box straw
25. Straw from single use drink box (not shown)
26. Bread wrapper

Plastic Free July

I’m torn about the drink box. It is convenient to have a milk drink at the ready when you are cycling around the neighbourhood and need hydration. But then it comes with a straw, and a straw wrapper. I suppose that I could get a 1L milk box, and pour it into a reusable glass bottle. But the 1 milk box itself has a plastic lid (and the questionability over whether or not a tetra pak can actually be recycled in Australia). I really don’t have any storage space in the fridge. And washing the milk remnants out of a glass bottle can be tricky – it does smell when it goes off; and a lot of the ‘seals’ in glass bottle lids end up losing their effectiveness over time – and guess what, the seals are plastic based. So really, the only remedy is to wait until I get home and pour glass of milk (out of a large 2L plastic bottle). Or get a cow. I can’t win.

If I buy a single serve snacky bread product, it is placed in a paper bag. Buy four… free plastic bag. I suppose I could have insisted on paper bags, but I hadn’t brought a reusable shopping bag with me, and it was going to be a trial to carry four individual paper bags home without dropping them.

Plastic Free July Day 12

22. Bubble wrap
23. sticky tape
24. knife packaging

Plastic Free july

I bought a knife. Knife is home delivered. Home delivery means plastic items 22, 23. I would have have the plastic knife case & plastic window (in cardboard box) packaging regardless. Moral of story: don’t do online shopping

Plastic Free July Day 11

21: Foil tray & cling film wrapping from a takeaway dinner

Plastic free July

It had been a long day. I didn’t feel like cooking. So I popped past a thai grocery store to pick up a already cooked tilapia fish with a clear spicy dipping sauce. It came in this packaging. I washed the foil container & hid it. That will be reused for my solar beeswax extractor during summer. The plastic bag will be reused as a bin liner. The sauce container, once I’ve used up all the sauce, will be reused.

Crop Swap July 2018

There was a crop swap event for July organised at a permaculture garden. Unusually for a crop swap event, lunch was provided, as long as you brought along your own bowl & cutlery.

For lunch we had scones with jam & cream; corn & basil soup with toasted flatbread with olive oil/thyme/dill/salt; three bean stew; red cabbage and coconut oil; egg free chocolate cake. It was all very delicious, and a lovely way to spend a winter afternoon.

Swaps out

Oranges:

Oranges

These are oranges that I have been taking from my neighbour’s tree. I don’t think they know food grows on trees.

(L-R) Jun, Kombucha Scobies, kimchi

Fermented swaps

I finally remembered to bring along a bottle of jun as a swap. The Kombucha scoby was for a direct swap for some beeswax wraps. The vegan kimchi was a variant on the food scrap kimchi, but this version had smoked garlic instead on regular garlic.


Swaps In.

Tatsoi:

Tatsoi

How pretty is this? It almost looks like a bouquet. I snipped off the outer leaves & stems to stir fry; and planted the rest: Hopefully it will grow!

Aniseed Mrytle, Kasundi, Water Kefir crystals.

Aniseed Mrytle, kasundi, water kefir

Homemade Kasundi! How could I say no? I asked for some water kefir crystals, as I think I might have killed my current coconut water batch while I was away on holidays

Beeswax wraps.

Beeswax wraps

These are made with 100% beeswax; rather than with jojoba oil, coconut oil or pine resin. A wonderful swap – although I have bees, and beeswax, I’ve never actually managed to make wraps on my own.

It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, swapping and having lovely conversations with like-minded people.