…nothing new, reuse.
Today begins a week of reducing waste as part of Zero Waste Week. Of course, we shouldn’t restrict ourselves to reducing waste for just one week a year, it should be an ongoing effort, however, for those of you who would like to start zeroing in on your household waste, this is a good place to start.
Zero Waste Week was created by Rachelle Strauss and this is the eighth year it’s been running
This year’s theme is to reuse: recycle old clothes, shop in charity shops, use up your leftovers, sell it at a car boot. These are some ideas on the Zero Waste website, and to see what other zero wasters are up to, the zero waste ambassadors can be found here.
Here’s what I’m going to do:
For a week, I’m going to use up the food in our freezer and store cupboards, without buying anything new. I’m sure we have enough for me to get inventive. I did a supermarket shop last week, so we have some things in the freezer left over from that and lots of pulses and grains in the store cupboards. I also have a great little book, I picked up at the Weald and Downland Food and Folk Festival, courtesy of West Sussex Council, entitled ‘Eat Well, Waste Less’, which has some great idea for using leftovers in it. If we do need any extras, and I mean essentials for Bean if she needs fresh fruit or veg, I will try to buy things that are packaging free.
Here’s some pictures of my store cupboards, fridge and freezer at the moment:
As you can see, they are well stocked, although the fresh veg rack is looking pretty sad. I have no bread either, but in the cupboards there’s bread flour and yeast so I can make my own! I think this will be a good exercise as I’m sure there is food in that cupboard that needs eating up. If there is any waste food, I will put everything I can in the wormery. Any packaging, that can be reused, in recycling.
There are lots of other things you can do from getting inventive with leftovers to choosing products without biodegradable packaging.
Pip, over at A Refuge For Daffodils, has some great ideas on how to cut down on plastic waste in your bathroom. You can read her post and check out her lovely blog here.
I’ll complete a post later in the month to let you know how I got on and share some of the meals we had.
I’d love to know if you’re doing something for Zero Waste Week, no matter how small, it all adds up, so don’t forget to let me know below