Transition tip – Conduct a disposables audit

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In honour of Clean Up Australia Day, today.

Transition tip: Conduct a disposable audit of your home.

You could go through your house and do each room at a time, and through out this week start to thinking about how you can replace some of those single use items, or disposables.

  • dog poo bags – replace with a Dog poo compost box
  • paper towels
  • plastic cutlery and plates
  • plastic fruit and vegetable bags – replace with reusable produce bags
  • plastic shopping bags – replace with fabric bags or Envirosax reusable shopping bags
  • razors
  • sandwich wrap – replace with reusable lunch wraps
  • sanitary products – replace with reusable sanitary products
  • takeaway chopsticks
  • takeaway coffee cups – replace with a Keep Cup
  • tissues – replace with handkerchiefs
  • toilet paper
  • wrapping paper – replace with fabric gift bags

Resources

What disposable products are you going to replace?

Healing herbal teas for digestion

peppermint-leaves

Herbal teas are best brewed for about 5 to 10 minutes in boiling water. You can add a little honey if you like. Here are some herbal teas that are good for improving digestion:

Chamomile

Chamomile has a calming effect on the digestive system. It relaxes and soothes the bowel muscles and is helps to ease spasms. It is perfect as a night cap before going to bed.

Ginger

Ginger tea is good for tummy upsets. You can purchase it either in tea bags or use grated fresh ginger.

To make ginger tea, grate some fresh ginger root (about half a teaspoonful) into a cup and then add boiling water. Leave for at least 5 minutes to steep and then strain through a small sieve.

Peppermint

Peppermint tea is a fantastic anti-spasmodic. I prefer to use fresh leaves from the garden or organic tea bags (For some reason the non-organic ones have a blah taste to them).

If you are using fresh leaves from the garden, select about five to ten of the bigger ones and cut or rip them up to release more flavour. Add to the bottom of your tea cup and add boiling water.  Leave for at least 5 minutes to steep and then strain through a small sieve.

Other herbal teas

  • Fennel is good for flatulence

Prepared herbal teas

Garden audit

duck

Now you can take off your rose coloured glasses and yellow positive hat. Grab a notepad and pen, and put on some sunglasses and a real hat. Head out into your outdoor space and complete a walk through. It may help to take another person through with you to bounce ideas off of them.

Write down anything that comes up…. Ask questions like:

  • What needs fixing or improving?
  • How can I use this space better?
  • Can you reduce your lawn space?
  • What are the most frequent activities you do?
  • Could you arrange your tools better?

Consider:

  • Cooking
  • Energy
  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Mulching
  • Shade
  • Water use
  • Weeds

A garden audit will help to identify any problems or issues your garden has. You might end up with a ‘to-do’ list at the end.

One of my favourite permaculture ideas is to turn a problem into a solution. Bill Mollison illustrates this by saying:

“You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency!”

This is the third step in planning your garden. If you missed them, there is also an exercise on creating a garden vision and a garden wish list.