Consumeless for a year

A journal of a year of consuming less and consuming sustainably

Laundry 31/12/2009

Clothes lines on the attic

So, after a final shopping spree in Den Bosch (ashamed to admit I bought two pairs of shoes!), we are gradually making our rules effective. Yesterday, Eise made enough clothes lines on the attic to hang the two washing machines full of clothes we wash every week. No tumble drying anymore!

Last week we also brought my hiking shoes (which were a tad too narrow) to the shoemaker who streched them (in stead of buying new ones). I still have to test them (usually my toes start hurting after about 4 kilometers). Eise fixed our kitchen geyser (which also provides hot water for our shower) himself. He dismantled the geyser, discovered a broken part (a membrane of some kind), ordered a new membrane online (for € 5) and fixed it! And, thanks to Ellen’s suggestion, we opened three bank accounts at Triodos Bank, a sustainable bank (they even won the award for the most sustainable bank of the world this year!). I still have to order a Visa Greencard (waiting for our new bank accounts to be fully up and running) and then we are completely banking sustainably.

Today is the last day we could do some thoughtless consuming, but we probably won’t have time for it.

Have a great New Year’s Eve everybody!

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Sustainability grandmom 28/12/2009

A little example of sustainability from our own family: Eise’s mother found a pair of tights of her grandaughter in the trash yesterday. The pair was thrown away because it had a hole in it. She thought it was a shame to throw the pair away and decided to mend the hole. She even had a set of special mending tools in her sewing kit! A great example of consuming less (repairing!) and sustainability. And also a great example to the grandchildren, who watched grandmom mend the pair of tights with great interest.

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Eise's mother mending a pair of her granddaughter's tights

Special mending tools

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