Zero Waste Week draws to a conclusion tomorrow. I have really enjoyed the week, it’s been lots of fun and I have met some great people on twitter, and read some thought provoking blog posts. But has it been worth it? Have I changed my ways on a longer term basis??
As a result of thinking about food, and menu planning I have cooked far more fresh food- a debate continues re homemade fairy cakes over bought, as they are twice the size, does this mean twice the calories for the children?
I have made homemade granola, at a considerable higher cost to bought – I think I need to find a recipe with considerably less maple syrup in it!
I intend to try some of the recipes shared via blog posts and twitter , particularly this recipe for pancakes which uses up overripe bananas (we are not smoothie or banana cake eaters so this is fab). Plus this recipe for homemade pasta, which does not involve six eggs:)
Personally I have recycled all yoghurt pots, been diligent about using the compost bin, and reduced the waste that goes in our bin considerably (although we remain a long way off being waste free).
In respect to scrap fabric I have started a pinterest board with some ideas, but this remains a work in progress!
I am pleased that I have finally signed up to receive no junk mail, and written to my local councillor re left over food waste (I await a reply:) ) Longer term I have discovered the new waste collection service to be introduced in October, this is really going to change our waste with doorstep collection of plastic wrapping.
Have you been prompted into making any lasting changes?
Yesterday I shared my menu plan for zero waste week 2014. The next step is to check out what I can recycle locally, in particular plastic wrapping. Sadly there is a large list of the items I cannot put in our recycling bin:
NO THANKS! Things you CAN’T put in your green bin are:
|plastic bags, cling film, junk mail bags, packets, yoghurt pots, food trays and tubs|
|wrapping paper, greetings cards, shredded paper or envelopes|
|any other domestic rubbish|
However I am delighted to discover a local charity The Matthew Project is raising funds through collecting plastic for recycling. Even more amazingly one of their collection points is all of 2 miles away. As our children are extremely fussy eaters who seem to live off yoghurts I am delighted to find a way of recycling yoghurt pots:)
Ellies Fund collect baby wipes, biscuit wrappers, and food pouches. Ellie’s Fund is a Brain Tumour Trust – supporting children & young people across Yorkshire & the Humber who have a brain tumour & raising money for brain tumour research, as well as raising brain tumour awareness.
Whilst researching this post I was excited to read that a new waste collection is starting on the 1st October for roadside collection of yoghurt pots, and plastic food trays. Here’s hoping my local council will soon introduce waste food collection too – keeping a pig is a step too far!
In the meantime envelopes have been added to the compost bin. Plus I have discovered my local supermarket collect recycling for a far wider range of item than I realised, in particular light bulbs and old CD’s – there’s a limit to how many CD coasters we can use!
Tomorrow I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make an upcycled plastic bag sandwich wrapper. I’ve had great fun having a go at fusing some of the wrappers from food this week.
Fancy joining in the conversation re zero waste week? Check out #zerowasteweek on twitter.