Whether your home is a well curated minimalist oasis, or you’re trying to create one, going back to basics and re-wilding your sanctuary can be dreamily heart-warming. Here’s a few of our back-to-basic ideas which can help you wild your corner of the world, reduce your waste, and radiate even more earth-honouring vibes.
Did you know that around 60% of our household bins are organic waste? That’s some prime time soil enhancing richness there that any permaculture or biodynamic being would swoon at.
Composting can be a surprisingly easy in-kitchen solution for every household – you can start a compost whether you have a big home or small, and even if you don’t have any outdoor space or a garden in which to use it. And don’t be put off by some of the stuff you read telling you what you can and can’t compost, like egg shells – I laugh when I think what my Nan’s reaction would have been when she read that. It would have involved falling off chairs and excessive laughing, for probably at least 10 minutes.
With a Bokashi One Bucket, you can put just about all your organics in it, and we mean anything organic, which is the whole point if you’re trying to return as much earthly goodness back to the earth as possible and minimise the waste you need to send to landfill. The only consideration here is the requirements of where it ends up when it’s full. If there’s no constraints, the only thing to avoid is excessive liquid and large bones, purely on proportions, but you can bury those straight in the backyard or elsewhere anyway.
The Bucket has a mix which helps it to start to ferment, and the air tight lid means there is zero odour in your home. It also gathers liquid gold at the bottom which can be used for so many things, including as a base for a fertiliser, or a natural drain cleaner - total bonus. When it’s full, you can bury it or add it to your larger outdoor compost bin if you have one.
If you don't happen to have outdoor space that you have free reign over, like us at the Bondi HQ, then you might have a neighbour who would enjoy your fermenting goodness, or you could find a fellow composter on the fabulous ShareWaste App, but you just need to make sure that your compost bin contents are aligned, as some won’t accept things like processed food, meat leftovers, or citrus, for example. You may also find you have a local community garden who would love your beautiful compost starter additions. Find the Bokashi One Bucket and Bokashi Mix here to kickstart or continue all your composting dreams.
Yes, we do think we’ve found a slice of paradise with this one. 1Million Women share a brilliant overview of plastic bags and their rather interesting names that can lead us to think we’re doing ok when we buy biodegradable plastic bin liners, or when we reuse a biodegradable plastic bag from the shops as a bin.
But we’re all slowly finding out that these biodegradable and degradable options really aren’t that great, at all, and especially biodegradable versions, which if, according to 1Million Women, they’re ‘sent to landfill, they break down without oxygen to produce methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming capacity 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide…’. So given that’s exactly where they are all headed, it’s not quite the solution any of us are going for!
So in our re-thinking of the concept of waste, we’ve stumbled across a divine bin liner solution. Not only is it diverting waste itself, but it’s plentiful, completely natural and completely reusable. Coffee sacks are made from jute and fuel our daily coffee addictions, but many go to waste and aren’t reused after they’ve delivered their precious cargo.
When you’re composting, recycling and removing liquids from your waste, these are the perfect bin liner. We’ve checked with our local council and there’s nothing to say we can’t add loose waste to our wheelie bins, so we’re all set – all you need to do is check with yours and you will be too.
The very best? You might find your local coffee shop or roaster has these in spades and they’re willing to give you some for free! Or they might offer them to you for a small fee. If you just want the solution now you know where to look ~ we’ve done some sourcing and collecting and they’re available in Packs of 2 with love here. A beautiful circular product that will look divine in your kitchen.
Have you ever thought about your kitchen sponge and what it’s made from? Nearly all sponges in conventional supermarkets are made from plastic, with the only end-of-life destination being your landfill bin. Same goes for your scrubbing brushes, dust pans and mops, but does it have to be this way?
We’ve a few favourite natural and circular swaps that you might love too.
Organic Cotton Dish & Cleaning Cloths – the ultimate sponge replacements. These are our versions which have been made from organic cotton grown in Peru by rural artisan and Indian farmers in small farmyard plots. The fibres have been processed manually, without dyes, chemicals or synthetics - they are 100% natural and chemical free. We then weave them at our HQ. So different to your typical high volume machined organic cotton cloth, and with high vibrational love.
The make-do solution for this? We came across one divinely savvy lady who made her own yarn from an old T-Shirt and crocheted it herself – soo good!
Natural Kitchen Brushes – how did we ever do plastic when these divinely inspired creations existed? The brush bristles are made from natural coconut fibre which is beautifully anti-bacterial, and its paired with galvanised wire, so it will not smell, go mouldy, or rust – it’s the perfect zero waste cleaning salvation for every earth-loving home. See them all here: Kitchen Scrubber, Bottle Cleaning Brush, Vegetable Scrubbing Brushes, and the Non-stick Pan Brush which is made with sisal fibres, a form of cactus which has a softer fibre than coconut, so it's perfect for tending to non-stick surfaces.
Dust pans and brooms that will potentially rock your world - they may need a drum roll. So we love a good-looking broom, and don’t much love buying plastic dust pan sets. There are alternatives, but when we went back to basics and started thinking about using virgin materials to make something to clean our mess, it didn’t quite make sense. We love checking out second hand stores and it struck us that there were quite a few things in existence and beyond there useful life that could be brilliant made-good solutions. No one much wants a shovel or spade that has rusted, but with a little vinegar, water and steel wool brushing, you have a Circular Dust Pan that will roll with any modern, industrial or classic home. We’ve paired ours with an Eco Max Natural Dust Pan Brush, which is made from Coconut Fibre and Rubber wood, which is a waste product from rubber production in Sri Lanka.
Find all of these delights and more in our Home Collection – it’s like an upgrade for every spirit.
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