week no.1 – heaps of waste


Above waste from this week. This iamiaai g another San Joan celebrations coca package and couple of plastic bottles, which I had already taken to the bin. A bit less waste than usually. Normally we head to Montjuic, Montserrat or Costa Brava for the weekend. Buying drinks or ice cream easily contribute a fair amount of waste. I guess we will not have this problem back in Oulu. It is only +13 c degrees there at the moment versus +30 c in Barcelona. Not missing Oulu at the moment!

We stayed in Barcelona for the weekend because of the San Joan celebrations. In Finland you would celebrate juhannus-mid summer. After Xmas it is the second biggest celebration. I guess at the spirit of San Joan or juhannus I also did overindulge with our food shopping, which accumulated to more than usual amount of biowaste. In the heat food seems to off a lot quicker than in the north plus bread goes stale. We buy bread on a daily basis from our closest bakery. It does not help either that we have found cockroaches among the cookerhood, where we kept our breads. Yök!



Zero Waste – a dream?


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.