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RemiI’m walking my dog in the park. It’s lovely. I’m listening to the birds singing, enjoying the sun on my face. Suddenly I feel a tug on the lead behind me. I turn to observe my cute puppy, hunched over, looking at me with guilty eyes as she squeezes out a poo. I spy the poo bag dispenser. My mind time travels.

I wonder, what will future species think of us? Archaeological digs will uncover masses of plastic waste, poo bags included. Seeing as it takes the average plastic bag 200-400 years to beak down, and landfills create a kind of compacted, rubbish fossilizing system – what’ll they think of all the perfectly preserved dog poo’s?

As a responsible dog walker I must be prepared for said poop. ‘Dog-Poo-Shoe’ is a major faux pas in most western cultures, not to mention protecting public health, (I don’t want to blind a child!) But what does one do whilst attempting to save ones planet? Plastic poo-bags are obviously a no-no, because as we all know: plastic NEVER EVER BIODEGRADES!

Scouring the internet, my only option seems to be a huge and claw like contraption. Not at all practical for a day frolicking in the park. What I need is a good old fashioned poop-a-scoopa. They looked like an egg box, you scooped the poop and hey presto! Where did they go?

Alternatives? Recycled paper bags do the job. I save them up after shopping trips. The checkout chick looks at me funny because EVERY loose vegetable is in one. Whatever. This method isn’t suitable for all dogs, but for my puppy, the 3.5kg love-child of Sweep and a Jack Russell, they suffice. Sometimes I find an empty re-usable coffee cup. This used to make me crazy. It now makes a great poop-scoop. The other day I even used a large leaf. How bloody biodegradable of me.

However damn imaginative I have to be, however crazy things get, I will prevail. It will NOT be my dogs poo on the examination table of the future.

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Long haul flights can be a real drag. Fifteen hours of cramped conditions, dry and fart laden air and to top it all off, it’s a bloody throwaway plastic nightmare, if you’re that way inclined. Hubalini and I have strived and strived to reduce out plastic footprint. Taking it to the next level of dedication we have even subjected our locks to the Bicarbonate Of Soda method, which left us both with hair Chaka Khan would be proud of. Not however a good look for a mere mortal.

Caught up in pre-holiday excitement we totally dropped the non plastic ball and unprepared we were greeted by an absolute barrage of waste. It was the biggest fail in the history of fails. It was like a bad joke, only we had to laugh, otherwise I might have cried. Plastic cups, plastic salad bowls, towels wrapped in plastic and plastic cutlery wrapped in plastic, it was a full blown plastic Armageddon.

Go on...hand it over!

Go on…hand it over!

When I attempted to retain my cup or knife and fork for a second use, the moment I fell into an awkwardly positioned sleep it would be cruelly swiped away. If I was awake I would usually end up in a wrestling match as I fumbled to explain my motif for harboring used cutlery. This I would usually LOSE.

In preparation for our next visit overseas I have done my research. Here are a few useful products to make your flight just a shade more environmentally friendly (and ease your conscious over the tons of aviation fuel being pumped into the ozone)

Re-usable Cutlery – re-usable for ANY occasion! Bloody marvelous! To-Go-Ware do a good set.  Check out these bamboo badboys HERE

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If you aren’t planning on leaving the country and running the gauntlet that is Airport security and customs, you could just keep a set of regular cutlery in your bag. Etsy have a few ingenious cutlery carrying packs, all handmade and rather cute. Have a gander HERE.

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Re-usable coffee cups – Also good for water, juice, tea, carrying goldfish, soup and beer. Our favourite is Melbourne based Hook Turn Industries. Made from food grade silicon, damn good looking and run by three lovely ladies dedicated to making positive change, what more could you want in a cup!?
Check em out HERE. All-4-pastel-colours

Lunchbox – take your own food, how about that?! On flight food is basically a load of crap anyway and the evil stuff tends to stay with you for days, impeding on your holiday fun times.

Yum. The photos 80's colour grade also reflects the nutritional value.

Yum. The 80’s color grade in this picture also reflects the meals nutritional value.

Eat light, its not like you’re running a marathon, its more like a sit-on-your-ass-athon. Nuts and dried fruit are good, and noodles, sarnies, pasta salads or some kind of cous cous arrangement.

Lunchbots make awesome stainless steel food containers. The only problem is the astronomical price. Whilst I struggle to get my writing career pumping and save some cash, my food will continue to absorb the plastic chemicals from my re-used take away containers.

Lunchbots are available HERE in the UK, and HERE in Australia. They’re available in a range of jazzy colors too.

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Lunchbots – So expensive you might presume they also make your lunch

My new razor is a beast, a machine and a thing of beauty! It exudes cool elegance and holding the weight of it in my hand I have to admit, I feel like a real man! This is the kind of weapon my grandpa would have used, the kind that Gatsby and Gene Kelly  would have been smoothing their chiseled faces with, this is next level grooming.

Shaving my legs is now an event, gone are the days of the shoddy, flimsy plastic Bic razor and never before have I put so much thought into the process.
I prepare my pins with a good lather of olive oil soap before reaching for it.
It glints menacingly as the stainless steel catches a sliver of sunshine. It feels powerful and dare I say, even a little dangerous! Ooh! I shave tentatively and in the direction of the hairs growth, I hold the end of the handle as this seems to work well with the weight distribution. I am EXTRA careful around my ankles, knees and sacred lady parts, after all, this baby could slice me up quicker than Sweeney Todd!
After the shave I smooth olive oil over my skin whilst it’s still damp, things can get a little dry without the added moisturising strip which comes with most modern plastic razors.

The results are outstanding, my legs are smoother than a Barry White compilation tape  and after a week or so I noticed that redness and irritation are things of the past.
The razor itself set me back a sweet $70,  I could have probably found it cheaper on eBay, or maybe even scoured the antique shops but when I saw it glinting at me from its glass cabinet, it was love at first sight. I’m thinking that within the year it will have paid for itself anyway, a pack of new blades will set you back a mere couple of dollars which compared to modern cartridges is PEANUTS! Plus,  if looked after lovingly the razor will last forever.


This lost art is making a comeback with men and I think us ladies should join the revival too, everything about it screams badass and not only that but its better for the environment and easier on your purse. Its a well worthy investment and once again a win in the war against throwaway plastic!