#ZeroWasteTourSA feature – Sunday Times

Thank you to Shelley Seid for the feature on Zero Waste Home in The Sunday Times. So great to get all this coverage for the Zero Waste Tour taking place between 5-9th May.

Also mentioning Eco Atlas in Plett, Low Impact Living in Cape Town and myself, Life Lived Simply in Ballito … as eco-warriors!! 🙂

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UPDATE: Zero Waste Home – South Africa Tour 2017

Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home is the guru of the Zero Waste lifestyle. She is inspiring people around the world by sharing her journey through social media and being invited to give talks around the world. She has given 100+ speeches in 20+ countries on 5 continents, since 2011. She has spoken at The European Parliament, United Nations, Google, Adobe and more.

So imagine my joy when she asked if I would be interested in helping getting her to South Africa in May! Especially as she is the one who inspired me to start my journey.


Photo taken from Zero Waste Home.com

If you or your company are interested in assisting with sponsoring, making a donation towards the cost, or even hosting a talk, but would like any further information, please do get in touch with me to chat about it. You can reach me on mrscolleenblack@gmail.com.

Once we have venues confirmed, an event page will be created for each location, and all sponsors will be promoted via these pages. In the meanwhile, please express your interest on the event page on Facebook by selecting “Interested” or “Going”.

Our major sponsors are EcoJarz and Faithful to Nature.  We also have support from Ecoffee Cup SA and KURO-Bō Activated Charcoal.

Thank you to our organisers – Eco Atlas, Rethink the Bag / Two Oceans Aquarium and Food & Trees for Africa.

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5th May – Cape Town – Two Oceans Aquarium (Organiser: Rethink the Bag)
6th May – Plettenberg Bag – Beacon Island Resort (Organiser: Eco Atlas)
8th May – Durban – venue to be confirmed (Organiser:Food & Trees for Africa)
9th May – Johannesburg – venue to be confirmed (Organiser:Food & Trees for Africa)

Please do help spread the word by sharing this info and reaching out to your contacts so that we can make this a reality! Invite your friends, tag them, share this post, phone your friends, talk to relevant businesses, do whatever it takes!
If you would like to support this, you or your business can make a pledge on our crowdfunder on ThundaFund.







Grooming – Then & Now

So back in May last year I wrote about some changes we were making in our lives towards the zero waste lifestyle.

We have come a long way since then!  In that things have gotten simpler, I over complicated so many things along the way. Which appears to be par for the course on the zero waste journey from what I have read.


May 2015 – Switching from nasty chemical filled body lotion to Trash is for Tossers Body Butter
May 2016 – Using either coconut, almond or jojoba oil.  Less faff on buying ingredients and making.

May 2015 – Switching from whitening toothpaste to Trash is for Tossers toothpaste and activated charcoal.
May 2016- still using coconut oil & bicarb but leaning towards straight bicarb.  Again – less faff and coconut oil.  My teeth are still white without using charcoal.  That stuff is hecticly messy.

May 2015 – Switching from Plax mouthwash to Wellness Mama’s mouthwash
May 2016 – Didn’t really use it.  I mix aloe gel, water and a few drops of spearmint, more for husband really.

May 2015 – Switching from sanex and dove soaps to Wellness Mama’s body wash
May 2016 – Bought Ouma Hannas Boerseep without plastic packaging in bulk. Less ingredient buying and making.

May 2015 – Switching from nasty chemical filled shampoos to combination of no-poo and Wellness Mamas natural shampoo
May 2016 – Too stressful so I use Natures Gate Shampoo & Conditioner (Dischem) and on home days a bandana. I sometimes use dry shampoo made from a mix of cocoa powder and maizena.

May 2015 – Switching from deodorant to natural deodorant
May 2016 – Using a homemade deodorant to avoid packaging of previous. But switching to alum stone which I used in UK years ago and was just reminded it existed. I am such an idiot.

May 2015 – Switched from tampons to MoonCup (fell off the wagon on this one but back on 100% and loving it)
May 2016 – Still using Mooncup and thrilled with it.

May 2015 – Currently using the Victorian Garden face wash and moisturiser (free of nasty chemicals and tubs last for months)
May 2016 – Oil cleansing with jojoba oil, exfoliating with bicarb or coffee grounds, and moisturising with rosehip oil.

May 2015 – Stopped wearing nail polish.  Literally thought I might die. But google the chemicals. Eish.
May 2016 – Still not wearing nail polish, love the look.  How much time does it take to put on, take off, wait to dry, chip, get annoyed because it’s chipped.  How much do manicures and pedicures cost and bottles of nail polish cost?  The chemicals you breathe in salon and that are absorbed. Oh please – ain’t nobody got time for that. I am too busy planning holidays and living life.

May 2015- Stopped buying perfume and really minimised use of the ones I had – a Long Barn spray and a Jo Malone from my wedding.
May 2016 – Still not finished them.  Don’t really miss it that much.  Again, the chemicals and links to cancer – no thanks. Now when I smell peoples perfume, all I can think is, those are quite likely carcinogens I’m breathing in. Nice.

Other changes I have made:

Due to lack of chemicals in our baths and showers, the water from these drains into a bucket and straight into the garden bed and lawn.

I don’t scrub every inch of my body with lathering soap every day.  I wash the important bits. Less soap is used, less time under water and less drying on my skin.

I have navy showers on the thorough days ie; switch water off between soaping, scrubbing, shampooing and shaving.

I don’t wear make up every day anymore, on the odd occasion I will wear a bit of mascara and eyeliner. I used to fear breathing without making on as I thought I looked like a beady eyed alien.  Now I think I look like me, and I am happy with that.  That said, I do sometimes wear a teensy dot of make up.  With recipes from the book Zero Waste Home (buy it – it’s amazeballs) I make my own eyeliner, mascara and beet stain. I use combinations of cocoa powder and maizena for blusher (also the beet stain) and eyeshadow. Will blog another time about that specifically.

I know longer use wax strips.  I use a stainless steel safety razor, which is amazing.  I am going to try the sugar wax that I read about via Zero Waste Home.

So that is pretty much where we are with this area. Saving a ton of money and time, no  nasty chemicals being absorbed into our skin, less packaging needing to be recycled or sent to landfill, and best of all, you start viewing yourself and life differently.

I buy my bicarb and oils from The Soap Barn in Edenvale (buy online & the courier) and from Dischem.

Would love to hear if you have any tips or advice, or if you are struggling in certain areas, maybe I can help?


Zero Waste feature in Platteland magazine

If you missed my article about attempting Zero Waste Living in the last copy of Platteland, the Summer 2015/16 issue of Platteland and other back issues can be ordered from http://winkel.weg.co.za/platteland/?brand=platteland.

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Links to people and organisations mentioned in the article.  Please note I was note sponsored/paid to mention anyone or anything, all views were my own.

Platteland Magazine

Zero Waste Home

Remade Recycling

Heidelberg SPCA

Triple Orange Gel

Faithful to Nature

Trash is for Tossers

Algalita Marine Research & Education

Story of Stuff

Abeego reusable food wrap

EcoJarz stainless steel straws

Probio Bokashi Composter

Zero Waste Bloggers Network – over 170 members worldwide

You can buy all the ingredients in large quantities for making your own products from The Soap Barn in Gauteng. They have an online shop.


Zero Waste feature in Platteland magazine

Big excitement when Platteland hit the shelves this December! I cannot even begin to explain how thrilled I am to have had the opportunity to spread the word about reducing waste and trying to live a zero waste lifestyle.

There is also a great feature on managing gardens pests without harmful poisons, by Vanessa Jacobs of Sow Delicious.

It is such an awesome magazine! If you haven’t got your copy yet, do look out for it on the shelves or buy online through My Subs.