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