This week I’ve been decluttering the kitchen as you know. Interestingly, it’s resulted in less food waste and less money spent on food because I’m finding all sort of goodies in the cupboards to use up.
I thought I needed pasta – wrong! I have three bags.
I thought I needed tinned tomatoes -wrong! I have three tins
I thought I needed chick peas – wrong! I have seven, yes seven, tins.
And don’t even get me started on tins of fish. I know now why fish stocks are depleted; it’s because we have them all here.
I’ve even given away a box of food on Freecycle that I know we won’t get through.
So this week has been easy on the landfill and easy on my pocket. We’ve had our favourite staple of chickpea and tomato soup, and have been using up tins of fish, using up eggs with beans and finishing off boxes of rice.
If we should happen to get snow or a flood tomorrow for the next 8 weeks, I am confident we won’t starve here at zero waste towers.
Also, I’ve come across a fabulous online tool that will reduce your food waste to a svelte size zero and revolutionise your cooking skills forever. More about that next week.
What I did find lurking on top of the kitchen cupboards were some left over cream crackers from Christmas. They were a tad soft so have been crumbled up, along with a couple of Christmas shortbreads and are being gradually given to the birds. I did make a funky savoury crumble topping from some of the cream crackers, but it wasn’t the sort of dish that left you begging for more.
And while I’m on the subject of birds, I learned something interesting on twitter from my friends at Wiggly Wigglers today (@Wiggled). I discovered that you need to put out live mealworms for fledglings as eating live food is the only way young birds can get a drink. There you go; you learn something new every day.
Considering the amount of decluttering I’ve been doing and the mountains of food I unearthed, I’m delighted that there is so little food waste this week. Although we have had a couple of takeaways too, which now, thanks to my chip reheating mission, no longer results in any food waste.
On to the landfill bin and it’s not looking too bad this week. I’ve officially changed my name to “Mrs Ruth (less) Green” in a bid to succeed at our mission to only put our bin out for collection once this year.
Next week I have to go back to the store where I recently bought a filing cabinet. The cabinet was treated like a film star on a health weekend detox in the shop and came with its own full body wrap. I’ve decided to return the wrapping to the store when I visit.
In addition, I finished a bag of Tilda rice this week and despite numerous efforts (ie becoming the customer they hate hearing on the end of the ‘phone) at trying to get them to change their packaging, they haven’t. It’s a plastic / board / paper combination affair, so back to the manufacturer it goes. If Lidls and Uncle Bens can sell rice in cardboard boxes, then so can Tilda.
As you might remember, Little Miss Green manfully offered to have one large bag of crisps per week instead of individual bags to help our landfill cause. She’s done really well and it’s working out well. I made a mistake though and bought a Pringles-type crisp for her this week. Of course I was forgetting how darned heavy that combination packaging is. I did my best to pull it apart but failed miserably. Well desperate times call for desperate measures, so we’re really pulling out the stops.
Unfortunately Mr Green is back on his favourite cheese, which comes in thick firm plastic. Never mind, we all have our favourites…
Altogether lounging around in the landfill this week we have:
- cheese wrapper
- Quorn ham packet
- lentils bag
- oats packet
- Mr G’s favourite cheese packaging
- cereal bar wrapper
- clingfilm from some cheese bought on deli counter
- plastic seal from tomato sauce bottle
- disposable razor
- seal from soya sauce bottle
- plastic wrap from two house plants
It weighs a rather ample 117gms. I have a lot to learn, as the ‘pringles’ tube weighs 42gms alone! That’s nearly half our weekly target.
Back to the large bags next week then.
How is your landfill waste looking this week? I know lots of our readers are family people – do you create more or less waste when the kids are at home for the holidays?