“Hi, my name’s Mardi…It’s French for Tuesday”. This was my standard icebreaker introduction to the older generation as I grew up. Now I welcome you to French for Tuesday – my zero waste living blog and Australian second hand online shop.

French for Tuesday is...

French for Tuesday is about living the joy and freedom that a zero waste lifestyle brings. Embracing a zero waste lifestyle gives you the freedom to live well, spend less, connect with your community and protect our amazing earth.

I believe that folk who want to live a wholehearted zero waste lifestyle take a journey of simple change, one step at a time. I can help you take this journey of change and ultimate freedom by:

  • Using what you already have
  • Borrowing
  • Thrifting and purchasing second hand
  • Making
  • Refusing
  • Reducing
  • Reusing
  • Recycling

About Mardi

French for Tuesday was founded by Mardi, a down to earth Australian with a very French sounding name. Mardi is knowledgable about eco friendly, meaningful sustainable practises and zero waste living. She has a passion for maintaining the beauty of our Australian outdoor, natural environment.

Since childhood, Mardi has always practised the now familiar zero waste lifestyle. Mardi grew up in Sydney and is now settled with her family in the beautiful Lake Macquarie (Newcastle) region of NSW.

Mardi uses the perfect blend of personal, everyday sustainable practises to live a wholehearted zero waste lifestyle.

My Story

The concept of sustainable, eco-friendly living is how I grew up. My core growing up time was in the eighties. An era of mass commercialisation, big clothes, big hair and …Glad Wrap. Sitting in the quadrangle at school, how I wished for the plastic film that clung to my friends’ white bread vegemite sandwich. At the time, I felt tainted that my lunch was packed in tupperware containers and paper wrap. Yet this practise has become a part of my being.

On family outings, my parents always premade our food and drink, carrying it to any big event. Paddle pop icecreams were a real treat. I wondered why other family’s said their day out was expensive?

I’ve always had a love of reusing things before tossing them out. When I was a little one, my yellow globite school case was filled with shiny, brightly coloured chocolate wrappers. Ready to create with the Perkins paste and paper.

School holidays were enjoyed at our beachside holiday house on the Central Coast, NSW. This was a house built by my grandfather in the 1950’s and extended upon in the 1980’s so we could all enjoy staying there at the same time. A lot of the house decor, kitchenware and furniture was from the 1950’s – a time when the holiday house was new. By the eighties, it was starting to look a bit old hat. The adage of “but there’s nothing wrong with it” lived on with everything.

From my growing up in the ‘burbs of Sydney, I’ve learned:
– there is something truly unique about following your own trend
– my personal style is dictated by the things I really love.
– the importance of creating connections between the past and the present to build an authentic, sustainable future
– to minimise new-ness and maximise the lifespan of things in the world already.

I’ve learned that knowing the provenance of vintage fashion, household items and furnishings develops rich and meaningful connections to sustainable living. Everything old has a story that keeps on telling through the generations! When that story is told and shared, the interconnection between people, places and things becomes stronger.

I look forward to helping you embrace this love of a simple, sustainable and zero waste lifestyle.

Mardi Lee

Giving you the freedom to live well, spend less, connect to your community and protect our amazing earth with a zero waste lifestyle.

Three Values of sustainability

use what’s already in circulation

With thoughtful thinking, creativity and acceptance we can use what’s already available, either by using what you already have, borrowing, swapping, thrifting or making. Vintage, second hand and used products are examples of how we can use what’s already in circulation.

aim for zero waste

We can bring positive change to the world through our daily decisions and actions. Aiming for zero waste is to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

respect for the natural environment

Water, the core structure of the earth and the animals work together to create a balanced and amazing world. Maintaining the natural balance and respecting the environment is key to sustainable living.