Today I started the day much earlier than I would have liked, getting up and dressed before 9 o’clock in anticipation of a chap from BBC Radio Suffolk coming out to talk about the Rubbish Diet and zero waste week. In the event Luke proved very easy to talk to and we chatted about how many bins we now have in the kitchen and so on and why we’re taking part.
That’s quite simple really. I care about our environmental impact. And as we’re now a large family I figure we have even more responsibility to look after the world around us. One of the things the woman from the radio had said when setting up the interview is that ppl often say that it’s easy to do all that recycling if you live alone, but not so easy if you’re a family. I kind of take the point, but at the same time, there are some ways that I suspect we end up with a lower ratio of packaging to product so perhaps it’s not so straightforward as that.
Anyway, from around half a wheelie bin every fortnight we’ve pretty much halved that amount during the slim your bin process. Tetrapaks and plastic bags are now out of the bin, and next week both nappy wearers will be back in cloth. (I’m not a saint. I can’t wash meconium nappies when I’m struggling to move around post birth!) You can listen to me on the radio here for the next week – it starts at about 2 hour 8 minutes in. Slightly annoyed with myself for not getting a mention of the blog in, but I guess I’m a real beginner at this mainstream media stuff
The other bits I need to sort tomorrow are the cloth options for me. So I need to source good washable breast pads and cloth pads for post birth loss – I’m lucky in that I won a post partum kit from Moontimes a few weeks ago, but one kit of two pads isn’t really going to cut it. I’d love recommendations if anyone has any? Also, baby is a lot smaller than any baby I’ve put into cloth before – would love ppl’s suggestions as to what cloth nappies to use with him. I think the first size tots I’ve got are going to drown him – I’m wondering about the disana tie ons I’ve got, maybe stuffed with muslins?
And there you go. After we’d done radio, Tim did all the ferrying about with children for various swimming lessons, and I had my first session of just toddler and baby. I wimped out and we all went to bed, which presumably goes some way to explaining why she’s still wide awake now. Sigh.
Tomorrow’s task is to work out bedrooms. Which means ordering some furniture I think. Bunkbeds for the girls, we’ll need an extra mattress and then we need to work out how we actually do the move. Should keep us out of mischief next week anyway