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Friday, 28 July 2017

A Lovely Story that Made My Day

It's just a post to let you know I'm still here! I have just been doing more of the same lately, and sometimes inspiration fails...but I have a cute story, and something zero waste that I've on!

Fresh from the garden

Last weekend as I did my two hour stint with reusable bags for people to buy at the local supermarket entrance ($1 each - bargain!), I had a local taxi pull up next to me. The driver hopped out and bought ten bags, then came back a few minutes later with a $5 donation to our cause. I told her that I would use her money to give 5 bags to someone who I thought would use them. 
Minutes later a young mum with two children was about to enter the supermarket, and when I asked if she would use these donated bags, she was really pleased to accept them. 
A while later she exits with her shopping - no plastic bags used and a big smile. Her young son asks her as they walked away "Mum what is that lady doing?"
Young mum answers "She's trying to stop people using plastic bags because they are bad for the Earth".
I've shared that story via our Facebook page tagging the taxi company - so hopefully Rose got to see it. It made my day.

Teabags are no longer something I buy, given that I can't trust who puts plastic in them and who doesn't. We've been using loose tea - which is far nicer by the way - in little metal strainers or teapots. But sometimes it would be convenient to have teabags - so I'm trialing how much hassle it is to use reusable ones. Here are my samples that I made from some silk remnants.

I'm not much into the garden at present - it's too cold and wet. But the price of veges at the moment! I'm sometimes surprised by the amount of produce that I can round up, by walking about outside...Limes, oranges, guavas, avocados, kale, spinach, some stray broccoli that grew by itself, rhubarb, plus there is more - lemonades, spring onions, lemons, mandarins, herbs. We are very fortunate.


  1. I was shocked to hear about the tea bags, never did I think they had plastic in them! I always assumed it was some sort of paper covering. I am in the process of using up all the teabags in the house, and then it's loose leaf tea for us for ever more, even if a green company "markets" a paper only product, I'm sticking to the old ways, they are tried and true!

    Vegetables in Australia are terribly expensive too in my opinion, I've been dreaming about extending my own little veggie patch because of it.

    1. Regarding teabags and other conveniences - it makes me think how "progress", in hindsight, has often been a step backwards. Go the old ways!

  2. I made muslin tea bags and have used them off and on. My little wicker basket is so handy though. Yours look so cute. And your "scavenged" veg and fruit are so pretty. It's been so hot our garden is pretty much done. Still have lemons and limes coming.
    I'm glad you were able to give the cab driver and his company a shout out. What a nice thing to do.

  3. I loved your story. Leave it to little ones to ask the questions no one wants to ask. They are so inquisitive and ready to soak up all the knowledge they can. You and his mother probably made a huge impression on him and his future behaviors that afternoon.

    I too am making the transition to loose tea and would love to hear how your silk baggies work out.

    1. The tea bags work well Lois, but I think I will make the next ones a bit bigger to make it easier to turn them inside out to empty them.

  4. I was shocked to hear about the tea bags, never did I think they had plastic in them! I always assumed it was some sort of paper covering.


    1. Thanks for all your comments :-) I was shocked and disappointed too - but leaf tea is better anyway.


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