The zero waste movement has really taken off. In case you are not familiar with it, it is a lifestyle that aims to produce as little trash as possible. There are many benefits to joining this movement. 1. It is ethical. 2. It is economical. 3. It is efficient. Let me be clear. True zero waste will never be achieved. However, I think everyone can do their part to waste less.
Below I have listed the progress I have made over the years to produce less waste. Even though it has been many years of trying to reduce my waste, I still have a long way to go. Everyone progresses at their own pace. Any one action you take will make a difference.
My challenge to you is for you to look at your own life. What can you do right now to reduce your waste? Choose one thing or choose 10 things.
1. Kiwis drive on the left hand side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right side of the car.
My husband and I started our North Island adventure in Wellington in March 2016. For a list of where we stayed each night, go HERE. Continue reading
Fly into Christchurch on the South Island. It is easier to buy a vehicle here rather than in Auckland because many people start their New Zealand adventure on the North Island and head South.
For a list of where we stayed each night, go HERE.
My husband and I spent 49 nights on the North Island of New Zealand. We spent on average $8.29 US per person/night! It would have been cheaper if we didn’t pay for Airbnb accommodations in Auckland for 12 nights, but we needed that time to sell our car, camping stuff and plan for the next leg of our world travel adventure. We bought a non self-contained vehicle in Christchurch and made our way up to the North Island. There are many free campsites even if you have a non self-contained vehicle. We used CamperMate (http://www.campermate.co.nz/welcome/index) as a resource. We stayed at a lot of DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites (http://www.doc.govt.nz/campsites). Continue reading
Traveling does not need to be expensive! My husband and I spent 44 nights on the South Island of New Zealand. We spent on average $5.59 US per person/night! It would have been cheaper if we didn’t pay for private rooms in Christchurch. We spent 6 nights in Christchurch while we were finding a car to buy. We bought a non self-contained vehicle. There are many free campsites even if you have a non self-contained vehicle. We used CamperMate (http://www.campermate.co.nz/welcome/index) as a resource. We stayed at a lot of DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites (http://www.doc.govt.nz/campsites). Continue reading
My husband, Kyle and I spent 10 days in Japan in May 2016. We spent time in Tokyo, Kyoto and the Mt. Fuji area. Continue reading
I make this smoothie everyday. I found the right mix of ingredients and I have stuck with it. This smoothie never gets old. It is delicious every time! Continue reading
My husband and I live in a 850 sq. ft. apartment in Forest Grove, about 25 miles West of Portland, Oregon. We pay $850/month. We live in the upstairs apartment of this Gothic Revival Victorian home built around 1890. It is a 2 bedroom apartment. This is one of the biggest apartments we have lived in. We have lived in everything from 350 sq. feet to 900 square feet. Even though we live in 850 square feet, we live minimally. Continue reading