Back in January I talked about my goals to reduce our household waste. So I thought I would do a little recap and see where we are at.
We have been doing okay with this in general, though there are some areas we could improve in:
- We have not been as good on plastic bags as I would like, but we are recycling them instead of throwing them out as we used to do. It’s mostly an issue because I ensure I go for a walk at lunchtimes and often do some household shopping then and I don’t always remember to go to my car to get the eco bag first. Definitely something I need to work on habit wise.
- Meal planning has also gone out the window for us for the most part just due to different crazy life things going on. I try to do it in my head a bit, obviously this is nowhere near as good as if I were doing it properly though so I really need to make an effort with this. Not only is it better for reducing waste, but it is also kinder on our wallets and better for our health because when I plan we end up with healthy well rounded meals.
Things we have done include:
- I have done research into some of the things we buy and try to only buy items that have recyclable packaging (harder than you might think – though the redcycle program at Coles has helped a lot).
- When it comes to items like egg cartons which are recyclable I will also look for opportunities for reuse. For instance our library storytime sometimes uses egg cartons for craft. In fact I found a flower craft recently for Mother’s Day that I sent through as a suggestion that uses egg cartons. This will mean that all staff’s egg cartons will be donated for the next few weeks to be used to create Mother’s Day gifts rather than being thrown out or recycled.
There are so many fun crafts you can do with egg cartons that I am actually going to save that for another post I think 🙂
- Though we do not want junk mail it seems to keep magically appearing so I use the elastic bands from them on my frozen veggie bags once open to reduce the chance of freezer burn and recycle the junk mail. It’s only a little thing I know, but I also feel that that thought and little effort if magnified by many certainly counts.
I also found out that my girlfriend who lives 30 minutes further bush than me doesn’t get junk mail at all so I now keep them for her and she recycles them after use.
- When we next needed rice I bought a 5kg bag. Every one that sees it thinks I am crazy and it does take up a lot of room, but I used to buy the 500gram packet so I am literally saving 10 plastic packages and it saved me a BUNCH of money!
We may not have sugar in our house, but if you need a cup of rice I am definitely your girl
- At work I have noticed that I have naturally become a lot more conscious of recycling and providing opportunities for people to learn more sustainable habits. No matter how small the scraps are now (from cutting out or whatever) I will put them in the paper recycling bin. I have also gotten into the habit of checking the staff paper recycling next to the internal printer for scrap paper as this is always in high demand at the library.
Our Council has business card sized laminated signs with a cute cartoon of a light bulb reminding people to turn off switches. I have ordered some of these to place above the switches in our study areas as people often leave these on. I have also convinced Council to add recycling bins into all the libraries and centres (gyms and pools) which is amazing!!!
I also had a chat with the guy from Council who runs eco programs like creating sustainable gardens, building terrariums and composting at home. It started with me offering to promote his programs in the library particularly on our social media sites. He was super excited about this and we are now talking about him possibly running some programs at the libraries which is amazing because we get a whole new slew of programs whilst our resource output would be minimal and we would be collaborating and networking with a whole new area of Council so I am pretty excited about this possibility 🙂
It was great for me to discover that I was able to make a difference at work as well as at home.
What changes have you made or do you suggest I make?
We had been pushing for a Star Wars display at work, one of the ladies husbands is a huge fan and she populated 3 cases with items from the past movies. Unfortunately we do not seem to have many Star Wars fans at my work because the ladies that do social media were like, ‘oh I never thought of promoting that’. I was kind of shocked, firstly because we should be promoting absolutely everything we do. Secondly we are the only people in the region doing any kind of Star Wars display… the people need to know!
I think it is a great display. I kind of wish we could have done even more, but space is an issue 🙂
Here are some pics of our Star Wars display:
Have you guys seen any great Star Wars displays leading up to the release of “The Force Awakens”?
You might remember the Halloween Book Critters I created back in October. Well, due to popular demand I was asked to create some Christmas Book Critters for our Christmas display. Woohoo! I was so excited and got straight to it and I am very happy with the results (although I think my Elf needs a hat, I will have to find some time to work on that or take some stuff home and work on it lol).
Introducing our Christmas Book Critters.
I really do think this guy needs a hat. Will have to work on it 🙂
And last, but certainly not least… Olaf 🙂 :
Unfortunately you cannot see his arms and hair too well in this photo, but I swear he has them 🙂
So I found a picture similar to the critters we made somewhere a while ago. I can’t remember when I saw it, but the idea stuck with me and so I convinced my Youth Librarian friend that we totally had to make some Halloween Book Critters (payback for all the YA books I have read this year hahaha kidding).
So we were going to make 5 initially, but decided to go with four because of the space we had to put them in and honestly creating them took longer than we thought. I’m sure initially people thought we were silly spending so much time on a couple of decorations, but we were proud. Here they are…
This is Franky
Our spooky ghost
and little Master Jack
Here they are on display
Remember how I said people probably thought it was a waste of time? Well the public love them and have been taking photos. A staff member uploaded them to our Instagram page and we got 200 likes overnight and a bunch of libraries are now doing the same and tagging our library as the inspiration. How cool is that?!!!
A little fun can be great promotion 🙂
Happy Halloween everybody!
Yesterday I asked you all to contribute some words that you felt described what libraries meant to you, or even words that came to you when you thought about libraries. I want to thank all of the people who provided me with some amazing words!
With the help of tagul I created the below word cloud. The bigger words mean more than one person chose that word. So with no further delay I give you…
What libraries mean to us 🙂
Yes I made a heart 🙂
Love it! 🙂
Thanks again to everyone who put in submissions 🙂
I thought I would try something really different today. I would love it if in the comments you guys would put a word or a few words that describe what libraries mean to you or words that remind you of libraries and what you can do there.
Once I have a few words I am going to use them to create a word cloud that will represent what libraries mean to us 🙂
I’ll get us started with a couple of words that represent what libraries mean (or are about) to me:
Community, adventures, fun, literacy, inspiring
Okay…. go 🙂
I have a rather short post for you today, but that doesn’t mean it is lacking in quality.
Someone I know was involved in making the below film clip. It started as a way of showing what they had accomplished and morphed into something much, much more. This video was even shared by Brian May (lead guitarist for Queen) on his Twitter feed which sent the views into a frenzy.
Ladies and gentleman I give you… Librarian Rhapsody…
Shoalhaven Library service is not overly large, but it covers quite a large area and obviously their staff work incredibly hard and are extremely talented 🙂 If you want more information on them you can visit their webpage http://www.shoalhavenlibraries.com.au/
I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share on your social media pages 🙂