Downsizing and Zero Waste with Emma Mason
This week we have a sponsored guest - Emma Mason from The Source Bulk Foods (Dickson ACT and Belconnen ACT).
Emma has quite a lot to share with us - after downsizing from a 1,000 acre property to a 100 sqm apartment, she has plenty to teach us about a massive downsize. Emma is also an aspiring zero-waster so has some great advice for those of us wishing to know more about a zero waste lifestyle (and how you don't have to win an award for "The Most Zero" to have an impact).
Emma and her husband are also franchise owners of The Source Bulk Foods stores in Canberra so she also shares some information about what bulk food stores are and how they work.
If you're looking to get involved in Plastic Free July, but have either lost momentum or haven't started at all, The Source are having a great challenge starting on the 20th of July that makes it far less daunting. Emma speaks our "it doesn't have to be perfect" language so you'll find it really approachable and not intimidating. You can join via their Facebook pages.
Emma's tips for downsizing:
- first get other people's things out of your house (kids/ families/ friends etc)
- sell/ donate to charity/ give away - remember your trash may be someone else's treasure
- set a theme, framework or some rules around what will be kept - age of items, type of lifestyle, blank slate
- allow plenty of time for downsizing
- you may need to revisit items several times when making final decisions
- think hard about what you really want to have with you in your new place or for your new start
- have a clear vision for where you're going and hold onto that through the process
Emma's tips for going low-waste:
- make conscientious choices
- support grocers who don't use plastic bags
- buy a keep-cup for takeaway drinks and water bottle to avoid buying the bottled stuff
- be prepared for the occasional inconvenience
- own your choices
- ask yourself 'where else?' can I reduce my impact
The Source Bulk Foods:
Links for The Source Dickson & Belconnen and the Plastic-Free-July challenge below: