Covid 19 resourcefulness and resilience.

In amidst the chaos that is Covid19 and the uncertainties we face as a nation we are going to use this time to try and be positive, resourceful and resilient. We have an amazing opportunity to really rethink what is important to us. We are being forced to slow down, think of others and adapt to the new situations that are being presented to us. Many people during this time will be living with less, we want to show you some ways in which you can be resourceful, live with less and how to make the most of the food you have and not let it go to waste. 

‘One day this will be over. And we will be grateful for life in ways we never felt possible before ‘– Matt Haig (Author) 

We hope that we can help with resourcefulness and resilience. This is a great time to eat everything you have and leave nothing to waste. If you run out of an household item it’s a good time to reflect if you need that product or can you make do? You can use up every last bottle and sample pack of what you have and then decide do I need that really? Can I use something else that serves multiple purposes. For example oil (whether this be jojoba, coconut, almond or even olive oil!) is a great base for many products. Make up remover, face & body moisturiser, hair oil, baby oil, massage oil – the list goes on. I generally just mix up the oil with different essential oils to differentiate but in reality you can use one oil for all and you don’t have to use essential oils. Another good idea is to use up all of those many different cleaning products and start fresh with baking soda, Castile soap, and premium white vinegar – you will be amazed at what you can make! And more amazed at what you DON’T need. (you can find these core ingredients at the supermarket or pharmacy). Another thought is that using reusable wipes for babies seems to be reasonable but frowned upon once they are out of nappies – if there is a toilet paper shortage you can switch to family cloth – even if it’s just for number ones. These can be made with old sheets and towels and kept in a basket in the bathroom. Once used pop in a bucket with a lid in the laundry and wash once a day on a hot wash. I often wash nappies and wipes twice on a hot wash as we use natural laundry powder which doesn’t include in it the chemicals needed to make the powder dissolve in cold water. There are many more ideas that we will show and talk about over this isolation period and beyond. 

Here are a few things you can do at home with what you possibly already have

Waste broth

https://thewastefreehome.co.nz/blogs/news/waste-broth-the-newer-cooler-version-of-bone-broth

Baby wipes

You don’t even have to buy our baby wipes you can make some by cutting up some soft old sheets and towels.

https://thewastefreehome.co.nz/blogs/news/nourishing-baby-wet-wipes

Scented Vinegar

https://thewastefreehome.co.nz/blogs/news/scented-vinegar-spray

Compost

This could also be the perfect time to get your compost bin set up! If you can make one at home with what you have then that’s even better. Most of these options won’t be available at this time so compost trenching is a great way to start without the need for much more than a bowl and a spade.

https://thewastefreehome.co.nz/blogs/news/food-waste-solutions-for-everyone

https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/maintain-the-garden/how-to-make-a-composting-trench/

Make up remover

https://thewastefreehome.co.nz/blogs/news/our-non-toxic-make-up-remover

Imagine if this is the wakeup call that gets people to understand the importance of our local food system, support local and appreciate what we do have. What if this serves as a global masterclass (for those privileged enough) to be less wasteful. We can make Jams, sauces, pickles, ferments & preserves to make sure food doesn’t go to waste. We can start compost bins to divert food from landfill and to nourish our soils.

We can let this time teach us about the power of kindness and importance of community. We can help out those less fortunate then us. The sick, the sad and the poor.

We hope that people cherish the coming together of communities, our resilience, resourcefulness and solidarity and that once we are released into the world again that we hold onto these things. We believe that out of this madness that there will be a silver lining.

If you are interested in following along in what we are doing to be resourceful over this period give up a follow and feel free to message us if you have any questions about what you can do at home with what you’ve got.

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“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

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