During my years of United Kingdom I must of consumed hundreds of plastic bags. Everything is packaged in plastic bags of variety of sizes and it does not cost any extra. In Finland you have to pay extra 10 cents for a bag in the supermarket, but not for the fruit bags. Some supermarkets are offering bio fruit bags and the reusable fruit bags. We have opted these ones, because I started getting frustrated how many plastic bags were being cumulated in our kitchen cupboard to store ‘possible use’. So we have now bought a collection of the Red Cross reusable fruit bags. Link for more information below: https://www.punaisenristinkauppa.fi/tuote/T1650993/Kestopussit%20hedelmille%20ja%20vihanneksille?openGroup=819 . Bags would be easy also to sow at home, if you have got the skills and materials.
According to Red Cross if one in four Finns would use these bags in Finland we could save millions of plastic bags. Think how much if everyone in the world would be using them! Lets start a revolution!
We have the bags usually on the side pocket of my rucksack, so I will always have them with me. I do the food shopping in our household and we do by lots of veggies each week, especially here in Barcelona. Cherries are my current favourites and snacks! Photos are from yesterday when I found a organic green grocers from Hostafrancs Sense Intermediaris (http://goodgoal.org/review/sense-intermediaris/). Slightly more expensive than our local green grocers and no bio waste or reusable fruit bags… Maybe they should learn something from Finland!
When we found out that I was pregnant we has no hesitation about what kind of nappies we will be buying – reusable nappies. Learning about reusable nappies was a steep learning curve. My close friend and internet were my best teachers.
First time we used the usable nappies in the hospital. Now our baby is six months old and we have used about 60 disposable Pampers and Muumi-nappies in his lifetime. By the way Muumi-nappies are produced in Finland in a family owned company, so that is why we have used them. Pampers and all other disposable nappies, which we got as a gift I gave away.
To be honest I have turned into a passionate reusable nappy promoter, buyer and user. I even joined the Kestovaippayhdistys. Through my interests I learned that using disposable nappies you produce about 1.5 tonnes of waste per child (newborn to 2.5 year old). In Finland mixed waste is burned but this does not diminish the amount of resources and fumes produced. Some fathers have been especially interested of the money saved, especially for a newborn when you could be changing nappies every five minutes.
I have bought most of our nappies used, which has saved us a lot of money. Let alone how much money we will be saving by using these nappies to our next children. In our household my partner is in charge of the laundry operations and also of most of the nappy changing, when he is at home. I am very lucky!
When we drove across the Europe we brought along the reusable nappies, but used disposable ones on our week long trip. It would have been impossible to storage used nappies for a whole week.
We brought with us around 40 nappies, since we wanted to bring variety of sizes and brands to our trip. Baby will be growing from four months old baby to a eight month old one during our European adventure. I was quit convinced that I would not be able to find any reusable nappies in Barcelona, but I was wrong! I was able to find a shop called De Tela in Gracia, which I did buy few Blueberry Capri covers and Finnish Woolhour pants. Highly recommended!
My dream would be able to produce ‘zero waste’. Unfortunately I think it will be impossible for us since we live in Oulu, Finland. There are very limited number of shops where you would be able to buy non-packaged food items and due to the northern climate we will be also unable have a continuous supply of home grown veggies and fruits. Luckily we are living for the summer in Barcelona due to my partner is doing a summer internship here. Perfect opportunity to try to reduce our waste!
In this blog I will follow up the reduction of waste in our household, which includes me, my partner and six months of old baby, give our tips on reuse-recycle and take photos each week of our waste. Weekends we usually travel and sleep in our van. It is a challenge to have enough food and drink in addition to keep it cool when temperature inside the van could be +40 degrees celsius. But I will return to the #vanlife – subject in more detail later.