Not much bin action here today.
Another stock cube wrapper.
AND, after flower-gate at the start of the week, I compounded matters by not making it to see the friend I had bought the flowers for, so had to unwrap them (and put all the stupid plastic in my bin!) and put them in a vase. Lovely flowers, shame about the rubbish 🙁
I am loving all the comments and suggestions from everyone-really inspiring-thankyou so much!
I would love to know your thoughts on Zero Waste.
In my mind, Zero Waste, Make Do and Mend, and reducing consumption all go hand in hand.
Until I did the Rubbish Diet during My Make Do and Mend Year, I had never really made the connection between what we buy and what we throw away. There I was trying my hardest to Buy Nothing New, without realising that nearly everything we buy ultimately ends up being thrown away. I suddenly realised that there is no ‘away’ and became so much more aware of what I was putting in the bin.
I would like to think that now the only things that go in our black bin are things that can’t be recycled, or re-used. So that begs that question of why I am still buying these things.
My biggest rubbish culprits are packets from pasta and rice, from crisps, and from dried fruit.
I would love to be able to do away with these.
Does anyone know of anywhere I can buy in bulk, or in cardboard/paper packs? The lucky folks in the South East have places like How it Should Be, where they have bulk dispensers for dry goods, but we don’t have anything locally. I think they are pretty much commonplace in the USA-no idea why they aren’t over here too.
The brilliant Mommy Emu has done a blog post today on homemade pasta.
I guess that ultimately, to cut out packaging in my waste stream, pretty much everything needs to be homemade. But that is a big ask, especially with a busy family to feed as well. Pasta is my fall back quick tea solution, so having to make it might just mean that we eat it less often!
BUT the original post that Mommy Emu links back to on Plastic Free Tuesday says that you can dry the pasta overnight and then store it-has anyone tried this? Mommy Emu is trying it as we speak, and has promised to let me know how it goes-I will let you all know!
Apologies for the rambling blog post, and lack of pictures. I’ve been glued to Twitter for #makedoandmendhour, and have bo run out of energy!
Before I go-Day 4 of Zero Waste Week is officially all about Tetrapaks-did you know that 91% of local councils can now recycle them?
Click on the pic below to find out where you can recycle them near you.