Bongani Bingwa interviewed myself and Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home about the zero waste lifestyle. Watch it here:
Blog post from Bea : https://carteblanche.dstv.com/zero-waste-beginners/
and from myself: https://carteblanche.dstv.com/life-lived-simply/
I am being asked very similar questions by email and message.
What is the cleaning product I use:
Triple Orange Wonder Gel – I recommend ordering a 25kg tub or even larger if you can and then dispense amongst friends, family and neighbours. Works really well if you live in an estate. I have done this. Also – ask your local health store or similar to offer this refill service.
What is the link to Bea Johnson’s site:
Where did I buy the cheese unpackaged in the clip:
Lifestyle SuperSpar in Ballito, and they wrapped it in my reusable food wrap. Buzzy Wraps produce this in South Africa. You can go up to any counter in a grocery store and ask them to do this. If they stock cheese wrapped in cling wrap and labelled by their store – then they have it in large blocks. This is also where I got the olives in the jar.
Where I do my grocery shopping:
I mainly shop at Food Lover’s Market in Ballito. I use my own reusable produce bags. You can make your own lightweight bags or you can buy them from Freshbag. I also shop at all the usual grocery stores, Pick n Pay, Spar, Checkers etc. When buying single items like butternut, red pepper, bunch of bananas, garlic, you do not even need a bag, just ask them to place sticker directly on the item.
Monthly feminine hygiene:
I use a menstrual cup instead of tampons or sanitary towels.
I use toothpowder made from bicarb with a few drops of peppermint and/or clove essential oil in a reused spice/herb jar.
I will write up a summary of all I do by room/area next week, but the above covers the main questions I am being asked so far.