#zerowasteweek Round Up

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Have you been following this week? Are you signed up to zero waste newsletter? Rachelle writes inspirational newsletters not to be missed. Additionally there’s been posts from fellow zero waste blog ambassadors

“We in the West live in a time of apparent abundance.
‘Stuff’ is everywhere. And it’s cheaper than it’s ever been before.
It is often cheaper to buy new, than to repair something that has broken, and we are all losing the skills that our grandparents took for granted, that enabled them to repair things.
But despite this apparent abundance, the planet is running out of resources.” makedoandmendlife

“if you’re fed up with constantly throwing good money away on disposable products, use Zero Waste Week as a prompt to search for reusable alternatives.   Whether it’s nappies, face wipes, cleaning cloths, sandwich wrap or coffee cups, there’s an opportunity to save money (and reduce waste) at every corner.” The Rubbish Diet

Westywrites has blogged about reusing fabric every day this week, check out her inspirational posts here. Plus an inspirational post from treading my own path about food waste that can be reused, I’m tempted to have a go at potato and beetroot peel chips.

So how have I done with my personal goals for zero wast week?

Menu planning was successful, even encouraging me to get cookbooks out. A result we ate something different!! I bought meat from the meat counter at the supermarket, one thin piece of plastic on the scales and a paper bag, a great reduction in packaging.

I had a predictable failure re persuading the children to eat crusts, somewhat shocking to discover my daughter wastes 40% of her sandwiches. We had a go at homemade wholemeal rolls, but they were somewhat solid in the bottom of ones tummy! But I am delighted to discover that even if the birds are not too keen on crusts (who can blame them with so much natural food on the hedgerows) I can put them in the compost.

Like zero waste week last year I have made far more of an effort with home cooking. The kids are insisting I never buy fairy cakes again as homemade are so much tastier and I’ve enjoyed homemade soup for lunch every day (helpful re increasing my fruit and veg intake on a daily basis).

zero waste week homemade lunch

Our bin is mainly plastic wrappings from food and leftovers from the kids plates. I am interested in gaining a Green Johanna for composting as I can add in leftover food plus bones.

green johanna

I’m also having a go at making yoghurt in a flask, its currently ‘cooking’ as I type.

In respect to homemade christmas presents I have made a start on chutneys, and come up with a new style of phone case utilizing an old tie.

Phone case, upcycled tie

So are waste avoidance efforts worth it? Most waste is disposed in landfill (in the UK), some of which will rot – but not all. Landfill produces methane gasses which contribute towards global warming. With a summer averaging 13.5 degrees our climate is changing, our environment is worth protecting.

Very excitingly an Early Day Motion was proposed in the House of Commons (the lower chamber of Parliament) to celebrate Zero Waste Week.  Gradually attitudes to waste are changing for the better!

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10 Comments

  1. September 13, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    It’s a really good way to be – I think we could all do with thinking a little more about what we throw away. I’m pretty good most of the time I think, my mum was always a “waste not want not” kind of person so it was drummed into me from a young age. Maybe you could get a wormery, I remember looking into it when we had a large garden, – all the food scraps can go in and the worms make amazing plant food apparently! You do have to have somewhere suitable for it though, not too warm but not too cold.
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    • Vicky
      September 13, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Sadly we had a wormery once but just never managed to keep the worms alive:(

  2. Free Spirit Designs
    September 13, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Oooh yum that soup looks delicious 🙂 Love your tie idea, what fun! x

  3. AUNTIE SHAN
    September 13, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    hmm… CRUSTS are the BEST parts! – Cut them off the sandwiches and save them to put into a STUFFINGS mix or even a MEATLOAF. Also, dry and/or toasted, they’re good to add to your SOUPS once in a bowl.
    Yumm!
    😀

  4. September 14, 2015 / 5:42 am

    Love the look of the soup and rolls, cold atm and could do with a bowl

  5. September 14, 2015 / 6:09 am

    Well done you! My cousin is a vigorous practitioner of No Waste. She buys much of her food from a local co-op where she can take her own packaging and has found a butcher whos happy to put meat in her containers.
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    • Vicky
      September 24, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      Sadly the yoghurt did not turn out – but I’m not sure the yoghurt I used as a starter was the right sort??!!

  6. September 26, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    I think it’s a great thing to do, it’s amazing how much waste people produce in an average week. I think we’re not doing too badly with only one black sack and one recycling sack a week but I’m definitely going to be thinking about how to reduce it further.

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