Here in the UK zero waste week 2014 started yesterday, and I have signed up!! Yikes – I am being completely realistic in that inevitable items will end up in the bin, but I am going to make small achievable steps to reduce this.
My pledge is menu plan to reduce food waste. As part of this I am endeavouring to avoid unnecessary plastic whilst doing the weekly shop:)
Zero Waste week coincides with a drive to maximise what we have, and economise on the food budget (holidays next year being the motivation!). With that in mind I have menu planned based on the vegetables in the garden, and food in the freezer.
Monday – Tomato tart, with salad (home grown tomatoes, cucumber & spring onions), pastry from the freezer. The tomatoes are being encouraged to ripen!
Tuesday – French beans, with grilled beetroot and halloumi – dressed with balsamic vinegar, with new potatoes (home grown french beans & beetroot)
Wednesday – Corn on the cob, French beans, Ratatouille, Salmon, with new potatoes (home grown Corn on the cob, french beans, and tomatoes from the ratatouille
Thursday – Pulled Pork, Broccoli, Carrots,
Friday – away (yippee, our annual night away with the grandparents having the children)
Saturday – Chicken curry with rice (using left over roast chicken, with apples and
Sunday – Chipolata Sausages, corn on the cob, french beans, potatoes
As I type I am conscious of some of the waste from this menu plan, in particular plastic (halloumi cheese, salmon, pastry wrappings for a start). The menu has changed in that I have swapped new potatoes for jacket potatoes – there was a limit to the amount of loose veg I felt I could cope with in the shopping trolley!
My plan is to research the local council recycling policy, and to explore bonding plastic together to create a fabric plastic. I anticipate I will be maximising use of the compost bin, and am really hoping I can encourage the children to eat their crusts!
What small steps could you make to reduce waste this week?? If you feel inspired there are some simple and easy ideas here.