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February 15, 2020

Assessing my own zero waste progress - gotta walk the talk!

I started this Zero Waste series in 2018 with an audit of my own personal waste. Almost 2 years later, and having written almost 20 articles later about this issue, where am I with my own Zero Waste effort?


January 18, 2020

Moving beyond specific categories, here are overarching principles when attempting to go zero waste in any part of your life.

I’ve been writing about how to go zero waste for specific categories (see them all here), and if you have been following, you will notice certai...

December 30, 2019

How much building a house (and an eventual farm-slash-orchard) is costing the wallet.

As per last year, I am conducting an end-year review of the finances for the Meraki Tiny House project, and updating the post to capture the ongoing work and accrued expenses.


December 14, 2019

Eliminating, substituting and/or reducing our waste from the parties we throw for fun and human interaction. 

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a host, and being increasingly anti-social the older I get, I hardly ever put on a party, not even small intimate ones. So I am...

November 9, 2019

Eliminating, substituting, and/or reducing our waste from giving gifts to our loved ones.

Aaah, the joy of receiving and unwrapping gifts! We love it so much that a whole new business has popped up: subscription boxes, in which we buy ourselves (or other people) gifts t...

October 26, 2019

Putting together a custom Do-It-Yourself sofa because why not make life hard for yourself.

My initial hopes and dreams were to DIY most of the interior of my tiny house, having participated in the building of the structure and exterior. In preparation, I must have watch...

September 8, 2019

Eliminating, substituting and/or reducing the waste from our artistic and crafty endeavours.

As a kid, I enjoyed arts and crafts. The earliest piece of artwork I recall making was in kindergarten, and it is the most Malaysian thing ever: a drawing of a durian, covered w...

August 24, 2019

Eliminating, substituting, and/or reducing the waste from our home improvement and DIY projects.

I have been continuously, if sporadically, working on the self-sustaining tiny home that we built two years ago, and am swaddled with all sorts of home improvement bits and...

July 21, 2019

Eliminating, substituting, and/or reducing the waste from our around-the-world gallivanting

Once upon a time, someone once asked me: “If you had to choose between Prince Charming and travel, which would you go for?”, and a much younger me had answered without a shadow...

June 15, 2019

Installing an off-grid rainwater catchment system to water the tiny house with.

Now that the rainy season has begun, at least in my part of the world, it seems to be a good time to introduce the water system I have going on at the Meraki Tiny House. The house is located...

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