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Have you ever tried to stand backwards in a packed elevator? I did once, and it felt super weird and uncomfortable.As humans, our decisions and behaviours are frequently shaped by social norms. We look to those around us to inform our behaviours and decisions – it creates an informal understanding of what’s acceptable or ‘the way we do things around here’. Sometimes we follow social norms consciously, sometimes not so much.The exciting thing is that we can use human insights like this as...

September 17, 2020

Lockdown beauty

If you run out of something during lockdown, or you just want to simplify things from an ingredients and waste perspective – here’s a few ideas to get you started.Edible beauty:I love the philosophy of only putting things on my skin that I would eat.I’m constantly amazed at how you can switch out beauty products for every day pantry ingredients.It’s also pretty liberating only having to make a trip to the kitchen when you run out of things in the bathroom drawer.Lockdown is the perfect l...

September 17, 2020

Skip a trip

I’m normally a huge fan of making fewer trips to the supermarket.But after going through lockdown, I’ve become an even bigger fan.Any trip to the supermarket that I can avoid is a win on so many levels – it saves me time, saves me money and means less trips in the car. It also forces me to ‘make do’ which helps avoid food waste and additional packaging. Here’s some of the things I do to skip a trip:SWITCH IT UP:Just because I’ve run out of something or don’t have the ingredient I...

September 17, 2020

Christmas simplified

Both our consumption and our stress levels hit hit their peak at Christmas.I find that both ironic and mildly depressing.To fit with our philosophy of living with less, we’ve evolved our approach to Christmas over the past few years.I’m not going to say we’ve nailed it – Christmas involves families, gifting and traditions… need I say more?But here are a few ideas that have significantly reduced our impact and stress levels.Less is more: We’ve simplified who gets gifts, the quant...

September 17, 2020

Down to business

None of your business…I was speaking with a business recently about how to get their staff using reusable coffee cups.The company “green team” had purchased every employee their own cup, and yet alas very few were being used.We’re only human…A brilliant initiative, but it needed a bit more attention to the fact that humans are freaken complex!Whilst a lot of the staff may have great intentions of using their shiny new cup, they often don’t.The key is to understand what the ...

September 17, 2020

The new normal

Did you feel that???There’s been a shift.People are becoming more aware of the waste we’re creating and the need to do something about it.Everyone is already all over plastic bags, and straws seem to be the next big thing to avoid.Even the Queen has banned straws from all of her castles!!! High five Liz. One small change…I’m pretty pumped about the shift that’s occuring.If people start by making one small change, they are way more likely to roll on and make other changes.Making on...

September 17, 2020

Brace yourself

Don’t panic…Only 18 sleeps till the big guy will be squeezing through our heat pump.It’s the Christmas countdown and it’s easy to get caught up in the hype.I often have that last minute ‘have I got enough’ panic.Presents, food, you name it…. more is more.Despite being prepared, I used to go into a late frenzy of buying extra stuff just to cover my bases.I think I saw other people madly shopping and thought I was missing something.It was never necessary and always stressfu...

September 17, 2020

Addicted to the green

Plantability…I once managed to kill a plastic succulent.For real.I had a new years resolution to get more plants.Why wouldn’t I, when I’m clearly so good with them?!? Kickass…I’m constantly amazed by plants (I don’t get out much these days).Their ability to clean the air is what got me signed up to the fan club.Lessening my family’s chemical load is a big deal for me.I can reduce a it a lot through the products we use, but there’s other nasties we can’t avoid. NASA di...

September 17, 2020

What really happens in my kitchen

Time trials…I ran my own kitchen time trial.It’s pretty weird, but I wanted to prove something.And I did. Mmmmmm pastry…I was making a pie and I was all out of pastry.My first reaction was to shoot to the supermarket and buy some.I could make some, but that would take ages (and I don’t like baking).It would be way quicker to shoot to the supermarket.Or would it?By the time I get out of my trackies, load my kids into the car, drive, park, walk, negotiate with kids, find pastry, ...

September 17, 2020

Have a less crap Christmas

It’s beginning to feel a lot like…Christmas – it creates a weird combination of joy and dread in me.It’s a magic time of the year to spend with cool people and do fun stuff.But what really dulls my baubles is the commercialism and waste that can come along for the ride. Consciously simpleEach year I try and simplify Christmas a bit without being a dick about it (I don’t always get it totally right).I don’t want to cancel Santa – no-one wants to be that guy.But I’m all about ...

September 17, 2020

Milking it

Milking it...We’re into dairy in our house.Milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt – it’s all invited.I made the decision to switch to buying local organic milk a while ago. It costs a bit more, but I’m totally down with buying local and reducing my chemical load. Plus it’s non-homogenised and still has the cream on top – it seriously tastes AMAZING. Bottling upI have my brownie badge in recycling, and will always recycle my milk bottles.But I’m always looking for ways to reduce my packaging...

September 17, 2020

All about cupping

Know thy cup...Flat white is now a recognised religion in New Zealand.Coffee is a fascinating ritual, and I love getting amongst it.I’m a convert for a reusable cup.I swear coffee tastes better out of glass.I also reckon they help give me a few points in the coolness department –and as I’m now officially a middle aged Mum, I need all the help I can get.Oh and of course there’s the whole reducing waste buzz too. Brace yourselfMainstream Green is all about focusing on what we can do, not d...

September 17, 2020

My Kmart confession

Weekend adventures...I went to Kmart last weekend.That may not sound like a big deal, but it was for me (and my 4 year old).As an aspiring minimalist, it’s not really a smart place to hang out.However, I’m exploding the plant population in my house (I’ll write about that another time), and they needed some pot action – what could possibly go wrong?!? I want one of those…I’m on the minimalist buzz, because I believe the world has enough stuff.But when I arrived at Kmart, ohhhhhhh...

September 17, 2020

Feel the power

A gaggle of coffee drinkers…I have a friend called Amy.She is very tall (totally irrelevant to the story).She works in a fancy corporate office in Auckland.She is part of a regular gaggle that go out to get a daily takeaway coffee.Christine got herself a shiny new reusable coffee cup. Day 1 – a couple of the gaggle took the p!ss out of her for being a ‘tree hugger’Day 2 – nobody said anythingDay 3 – a couple of other members of the gaggle started using reusable cupsDay 10 – ev...

September 17, 2020

Oversharers

Gotta fly…My daughter had a dress up day at preschool.She wanted to be a ‘sun fairy’.Personally I’ve never seen one, but she had a very clear vision of what was involved. Rule #1 – it had wings (fair enough).Challenge #1 – we don’t have wings, and I have 24 hours to get some, of which 23.5 are already accounted for. Consider your optionsEvery inch of my being wanted to pop into the $2 shop that I pass everyday on the way to work.So. Freaken. Easy.I contemplated making some, an...

September 17, 2020

What to do with July

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…I’m not a fan of winter, it just doesn’t suit me.However, turns out July has some pretty cool stuff going down.I know a few people who get on-board with ‘Dry July’ and feel all the more awesome for doing it.But I’m all about ‘Plastic Free July’ or PFJ for those in the know (which is you now BTW). All aboard the PFJ trainPFJ is a campaign to drive awareness of how sh!tty single use  plastics are. It encourages people to reduce t...

September 17, 2020

See inside my drawers

Inside my drawers...My bathroom drawer has not been spared in my quest to live with less.What was once a cluttered wasteland of weird smelling fake tan tubes, 8-step facial routines and an exfoliant for every different limb and appendage – has been ruthlessly simplified. Because you need it…My motivation to simplify my personal care products started with wanting to reduce the amount of chemicals that I was putting on myself. However it then became a realisation that half the sh!t I was ...

September 17, 2020

Just like MacGyver

Inspector Gadget...In my quest to live with less, my kitchen was not spared.Turns out over time I had acquired a vast number of items that simply didn’t get used.Think double ups and gadgety task specific thingos – you know the ones that end up just hanging out with all of their other random mates in the clutter chaos that is the second drawer down. Don’t be a wasterI have a philosophy of setting things free (my brother didn’t agree with my thinking when I let all of the birds out of his...

September 17, 2020

Green is the new black

I wanted to green up my wardrobe.It was something I hadn’t really thought about before, but it turns out the fashion industry can be a bit of a shocker when it comes to waste and chemicals. Whilst it can be a great option to donate clothes after you’re done with them, the volume that the world is producing has got a bit out of control. I’m going to share with you my highly technical and ‘patented’ three step process to greening up your wardrobe. Step 1: Less is moreI was ruthless.I did...

September 17, 2020

One box to rule them all

Kids breed stuff...They may be proportionately small, but kids have a tendency to attract a whole lotta stuff into your house. Being I’m an aspiring minimalist, I’ve had to come up with a few strategies to help me and the little humans develop some ground rules. Two kids, one boxWe have a small toy box for toys. No more, no less.If it doesn’t fit in the toy box, something has to go.The secret to my success… the toy library! It seems so simple, but it is freaken revolutionary.We go e...

September 17, 2020

Shopping like a boss

I started the year with a mission… to only go food shopping every two months. Talk about living life on the edge!I wanted to prove that I could cut down my waste, eat better, spend less AND save time.How hard could it be?!? The results are in…It’s four months in, and I owe you a report.Savings so far:Time: 24 hoursMoney: $1,280Waste: 128 plastic bags + 160 food packets + 96 meat trays I sound like an infomercial – but it is for real. I’m totally blown awayas to how easy it ha...

September 17, 2020

More is less

Once I heard that the average house has over 30,000 items in it.WTF??? I think it was at that point that something switched in me. I started to feel that maybe; the world has enough stuff. Less is moreI’m now a bit hooked on this whole minimalism buzz.I’m not a purest. I tried to be, but I got all anal about things and my husband told me I was being a dick, so I backed off.However, the reality is that we now live with a whole lot less than we used to, and that’s despite adding two kids to ...

September 17, 2020

Love thy freezer

I’ve always been quietly impressed by freezers.They’re so unassuming, but they essentially suspend food in time – how awesome is that?!? My freezer has become a bit of a secret weapon in my quest to only go shopping once every two months.It means I can max out the efficiency of buying and making in bulk.There’s not many things you can’t freeze. Plastic partyPlastic is an obvious storage solution for freezers, but it turns out that extremes of temperature are a real turn on for plastic....

September 17, 2020

Milk your nuts

My husband uses almond mylk. He’s good like that.In my quest to give up the supermarket, I was simply going to buy heaps and store it.But when I was loading it into the trolley, I started feeling a bit stink about all of the non-recyclable tetra packs that I was piling up. I also read the ingredients and realised I was paying $3.50 a litre for something that was 2.5% almonds. Nuts on iceAll the cool raw foodie people always talk about how easy nut mylk (ha ha) is to make.I always silently judg...

September 17, 2020

Over-achieving baking

One part of giving up the supermarket for me is reducing the amount of packaged food we buy (less waste, better food). Good in theory, but then what do you do with the kids lunchboxes?!? The time trialPart of this mission for me is to save time. I have saved 2.5 hours per week by not going shopping (trust me it adds up when you include: list writing, driving, shopping, packing, unpacking, kid wrangling, the top-up shops…) I give myself an hour of that time back on a Sunday and go like a T...

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