I have been inspired both by the make do and mend challenge : see http://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com/the-rules/ and the zero waste family see: http://zerowastehome.blogspot.co.uk/ and the year without supermarkets challenge see: http://ayearwithoutsupermarkets.com/the-rules/ . From these spectacular individuals their own wonderful things I feel that I should somehow follow suit. But I’m not going to lie, it would be very hard indeed for me to live a year without supermarkets as I don’t currently drive, it is very hard for me to do my weekly shopping at anywhere other than supermarkets, although I will look into switching my meat purchases to the butchers and fruit/veg from the green grocers.
It would be incredibly difficult to be as amazing as the lady who has her entire family create practically zero waste although this would be ideal. I feel that her lifestyle has to be built up, following her principles of Refuse * Reduce * Reuse * Recycle * Rot (and only in that order).
The idea of buying nothing new while being sensible as well, only works if every-one gets on board. So my aim is to somehow incorporate all three of these into my new lifestyle and document it so as to help others with the learning curve. If we are honest, there is always a learning curve, but if we all learn together and come up with creative ideas to obstacles I feel it can be done.
The first challenge, I feel I may set myself, is a budget. The second challenge is to source all my weekly shopping without using the supermarkets. The third challenge (and the one I fear will be the hardest) is to do all of this with as little waste as possible. First, I aim to refuse any packaging not necessary where it is an option and if not an option anything I buy must be capable of being 100% recycled or it wont be going in the basket.
Now to look into whether there is a milk man in my area to get glass bottles. 😀