Plastics: Tackling the packaging

Plastics: Tackling the packaging - Episode 176 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’ve spent the past few weeks discussing ways to reduce our plastics consumption, including doing away with single use plastics, talking to providers about non-plastic options (getting awkward with that butcher, yo!) and taking three for the sea every time we’re out in nature. This week we round out this mini-series by encouraging you to re-think your purchases based on packaging and sharing some of the swaps we’ve made over the past couple of years.

Sometimes all it takes is a little more attention at the supermarket as there is often a similar product in non-plastic packaging (milk, flours, pasta, sauces) and while there are endless opportunities to make your own, sometimes the supermarket is the best option. So the premise of today’s poggie is very simple: buy the alternatives and avoid the plastic where possible.

We also encourage you to be vocal about the changes to your purchasing, letting brands know why you’re no longer supporting them and what it would take for you to come back. Companies do pay attention to feedback from their customers – particularly if those customers begin to take their custom elsewhere – and it’s by engaging in these conversations that we’re going to see change not only at the grassroots level but also from the top levels of organisations.

Hopefully this series has been inspiring to you, I know we’ve made more changes over the past couple of months as a result, and please let us know in the comments below (or over on Facebook or Instagram if that’s your jam) what changes you’ve made this month.

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Carolyn Tate on finding purpose in your work (without quitting your job!)

Carolyn Tate on finding your purpose (without quitting your job!)

When Carolyn Tate was last on the show we had an incredible conversation about conscious capitalism, B Corps and ethical manufacturing. During that chat we scratched the surface of a bigger idea – that of purpose – but I knew there was more to discover.

Since we last spoke, Carolyn has written a book about purpose, The Purpose Project – A Handbook to Bringing Meaning to Life at Work, and it’s that topic we dive deep in to in today’s episode.

If you’ve listened to the show for any length of time you’ll know that the idea of finding your personal Why is central to slow living. Once we know why we want to slow down and what we want our lives to stand for we can begin to form a foundation on which we build a simpler, slower, more intentional life. A life of purpose.

Unfortunately I think purpose often gets mixed in with the more prevalent and sexy notion of ‘passion’ and in this week’s poggie Carolyn and I discuss the important difference between a life built upon passion and a life built upon purpose.

I’m also asked a lot about finding slow-ness in a workplace that doesn’t value it, and Carolyn has some really practical advice for people looking to cultivate purpose in their work, rather than sell all their stuff and go live on a beach in Thailand (as nice as that sounds sometimes!).

We also talk specifically about people who work in corporate jobs (an area I have virtually no experience in) and what individuals can do to cultivate purpose in their work, or how they as an individual can have an impact on the wider purpose of the organisation they work for.

The truth is, corporations aren’t going anywhere, and Carolyn is passionate about helping people turn corporations in to places of purpose (not lip service) and firmly believes that positive global change lies on the other side of purpose.

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Plastics: Take 3 for the Sea

Plastics: Take 3 for the Sea - Episode 174 of The Slow Home Podcast

Ben and I have focused a lot over the past couple of weeks on reducing our own use of plastics, which is no doubt vitally important in cleaning up our environment and creating long-term change. But equally important is cleaning up the rubbish that already exists in our oceans, our parks and our wilderness. It’s this plastic that is causing disasters such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and widespread environmental devastation, and it’s this kind of plastic we talk about today.

In this poggie, Ben and I take our inspiration directly from an organisation I’m very very fond of: Take 3 for the Sea.

Founded by surfing enthusiast, Amanda Marechal, marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk and environmentalist, Tim Silverwood, Take 3 is based on the very simple idea that small actions can have a big impact. And considering Plastic-Free July has now officially begun, we figured this would be a great time to talk about the very simple idea that lies at the heart of Take 3:

Simply Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere.

So every time you go out in to nature – be it the beach, a bushwalk, the park or river – pick up three pieces of rubbish and put them in the bin. It’s that simple.

One of the things I love about this idea is its accessibility. Kids can get behind this simple call to action just as well as (if not more than) adults, and once we introduced our kids to the idea of ‘taking 3’, it’s been incredible to see just how enthusiastic they’ve become. And in that lies the power of Take 3.

In an upcoming poggie I chat with Tim Silverwood of Take 3 about the power of these small actions (keep an ear out in a few weeks for that one!) and he told me that while the small action of taking 3 is important, it’s the awareness that comes as a result that has the true power. And I’ve seen that in action with our own family – once we see the rubbish that’s left behind, the impact it has on the environment we love so much, it’s impossible to unsee.

The takeaway from today’s episode couldn’t be simpler: when you’re out in nature, try taking 3.

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Listener Chat with Louisa

Listener Chat with Louisa - Episode 173 of The Slow Home Podcast

It’s been a while since I’ve had a listener chat on the poggie and after getting the results of our recent listener survey, I realised that many of you were missing the insights of those conversations, so we thought it was time to bring them back. Enter: Louisa!

I met Lou briefly at the Simpler Way event in Perth at the end of 2016, and she was so warm and open and completely charming. I heard a bit of her story that day and learnt a lot more over the subsequent months, so when Lou sent me an email asking if I’d be keen to talk to her for the show, it was a no-brainer.

This conversation is very much a personal story of Lou’s journey to slow and I feel so privileged that she chose to share it with us.

In this poggie Lou talks about her feelings of overwhelm as a mum to a very young family and her experience of post-natal depression, anxiety, and eventual bipolar diagnosis. She also talks about how her experience in managing these issues and getting treatment for them lead her to a place of letting go. Not just letting go of stuff (that actually came later) but letting go of her plans, expectations, ideas and self-imposed obligations, and trusting that on the other side would be acceptance or peace or simplicity, or maybe even all three.

In the end it was an unexpected job loss and a few months spent living in a camper trailer on the remote coast of Western Australia that delivered Lou to stillness, and she and I explore what it looks like to pack up a big family house and go adventuring with no particular outcome in mind. (Sounds utterly delightful, truth be known!)

We also talk about Lou’s life now, after her family took a sea-change late last year. It’s interesting to hear her experience of the sea-change expectations vs reality, and how moving to a slower-paced community doesn’t necessarily mean that life gets slower by itself. I often think we’re sold the idea of sea-change (or tree-change or moving to a farm or insert your grass is greener solution here) as a one-size-fits-all fix for a busy modern life, and I enjoy Lou’s honesty here as well as throughout the entire conversation.

Lou: you’re a gem. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

This week’s poggie is sponsored by our friends at ettitude – makers of ethical, organic bamboo bed linen (and now pyjamas!). Head over to http://www.ettitude.com.au/slowhome and use the code “sleepbetter” to get 10% off your first order.

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Plastics: Talk to your Butcher

Plastics: Talk to your butcher - Episode 172 of The Slow Home Podcast

Last week we introduced a new four-part Monday series dealing with plastics. Specifically, how to use less of them in day to day life. We covered the Big 4 – straws, drink bottles, takeaway coffee cups and plastic shopping bags – and offered a whole heap of solutions to help you live a Plastic Free July (and August, and September and so on…) 

This week we’re encouraging you to get a little awkward.

When we first started to make a concerted effort to reduce our plastic use it became clear quite quickly that it wasn’t going to simply happen. Providers weren’t going to read our minds, they weren’t going to offer plastic-free alternatives without any prompting, and they certainly weren’t going to know we wanted alternatives a all unless we were brave enough to have a conversation with them. It was clear we’d need to put some effort in, deal with a little inconvenience, and (most startlingly for me) have some awkward conversations.

Today Ben talks about our butcher. He’s a lovely guy with a busy shop in our village, and when Ben first walked in to the store holding a handful of Pyrex containers and asked him to put the sausages, lamb and chicken thigh in them rather than wrapped in two different layers of plastic, the butcher was bemused. Probably even amused.

He was happy enough to try it though, and after two or three more visits Ben had developed a reputation for being the ‘bring your own containers’ guy. Which is funny. What’s more, the butcher was excited to tell Ben a few weeks ago that there were more and more people starting to bring their own containers in to the shop, and he was happy to be using less plastic.

What we’ve learnt from just that one interaction is that in order to see change, we need to be willing to first make change. And sometimes that means being the weird one, having the awkward conversation, bringing your own bag to the bakery, explaining that you’re doing an experiment – whatever needs doing to gently start the movement.

We’ve since spoken to our local deli, our bakehouse, the Thai takeaway and coffee shops, the grocery store, the farmers market and sushi shop. Rarely has it been an issue to bring our own containers, and even more surprisingly, everyone I’ve spoken to has been behind the idea of less plastic.

Of course, there are always going to be exceptions (and I’m thinking of a takeaway salad shop I’ve stopped going to because of their stance on BYO containers) and our advice in this instance: find another provider for a while. As consumers, we do have a say in what is OK or not OK, and providers will pay attention eventually.

This week we’d love to encourage you to have one conversation with one of your regular providers – be it your butcher, veggie stall, fishmonger or cafe – and ask them whether you can use your own containers at their shop. If you feel nervous or awkward about it, tell them you’re doing an experiment (in my experience people are much more open to that idea than anything else I’ve tried) and see if that helps.

Let us know how you go!

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If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

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