Did I succeed?
Technically no! At some point in early November my dad rang me from a bike shop to ask if I wanted him to pick me up some lights...and instead of explaining that I was planning on using head torches, but kept forgetting them, I asked him to get me a lock too! I don´t know what happened, I was tired and busy and disorganisied and went for the most convenient option!
Aside from that episode and some others I blogged about during the year I think I did pretty well, I have been buying all consumibles loose or in a maximum of one layer of packaging and in bulk where possible.
I have had takeway food only a handful of times (2 sandwiches in cardboard boxes and one bag of chips).
Everything else I have managed to pick up second hand (apart from the already mentioned lightbulbs).
Can I do better?
Yes. I still sometimes get packaged food on the go, like energy bars or crisps and nuts, these things could be replaced with bulk or loose products that I (made and) portioned at home. I could make more stuff at home like bread and pasta. But you have to have something to work towards!
Am I going to run out on Sunday and buy a load of stuff?
No. I am going to stick with second hand as much as I can, if I can´t find second hand then I will go for recycled and if I can´t find recycled I will look for products made from sustainable materials. Embracing minimilism will help here as I will be looking for less stuff!
What am I going to buy in January?
Batteries! My watch battery ran out about 6 months ago, but since we have phones we don´t really need watches aswell (I do like a watch when I am teaching though) but there is no point owning a watch with no battery, so I will replace that, aswell as the battery in a clock we got as a wedding present. I also need to get a sim card, my phone is becoming obsolete and I have found an unwanted one but my simcard (if I want to stay with the same network) will need to be replaced....I didn´t wait until the end of the year to do this, I just wasn´t organised before (and didn´t want to not mention it as the point is I will ocasionally be getting new stuff...just the minimum I can get away with).
So basically I am going to continue as I was, just not blog about it!