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Join in and win!

Join in and win!

Morning everyone, I’m really excited to be officially announcing the third annual National Zero Waste Week and what a week we have lined up!

The week commences 6th September and the theme is ‘Cooking for Victory!’

We chose this in response to WRAP’s household food waste report which shows the average householder throws away 1/3 of the food they buy. National Zero Waste Week is an opportunity for you to focus on your food waste, make a pledge to reduce it and win some prizes. Liz Goodwin CEO at WRAP said “We at WRAP have made it a priority to understand food waste so I’m delighted to hear that people want to take action. Many people tell us they find our Love Food Hate Waste top tips really valuable so I’m happy to hear that myzerowaste.com has been so inspired by our work.”

We have celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE supporting us and are sponsored by Tetra Pak. There is the opportunity for 2 people to win vouchers – 1 x £50 voucher for LUSH and 1 x £50 voucher for Natural collection.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is pledge to reduce your food waste then come back during National Zero Waste Week and let us know how you are doing. We already have some early birds taking part, so have a read through their challenges and be inspired.

Perhaps you’ll be using up all those odd tins and packets in your cupboards, rummaging through those neglected meals in your freezer, setting up a compost heap or putting your home grown glut to good use by preserving it. Whatever you can do to reduce your food waste or help and support others reduce theirs is great!

We’ve got some wonderful bloggers sharing their experiences throughout the week:

Julie over at Organikal is going to create as many recipes as she can to ensure nothing goes in her wheelie bin.

Miriam from Waste Aware Scotland is on a mission to use up those old packets in her cupboards.

Erica over at The Green Familia is going to make an extra effort to use up her fresh food, especially soft fruit, before it goes off.

Mummy Zen is going to meal plan to avoid things going off in the back of the fridge.

Mrs A is pulling out all the stops and has a fantastic challenge lined up. She has teamed with her local eatery, Saints Cafe and they are going to make her daily meals from food that would otherwise be thrown away. Much like the recent “Great British Waste Menu” this is going to be a fascinating insight into the issues of food waste in this country. She’s already been promoting the event on BBC Radio Suffolk. Click below to hear her great interview:

Claire from Veg Box Recipes is going to share all the most versatile recipes to have to hand if you’ve got fruit or veggie left overs. This will be distributed on her blog and to her newsletter readers.

The Green Gal is doing a store cupboard challenge to use up lots of food that had been loitering at the back of the cupboard.

I’ll be adding more inspirational stories from bloggers as the week progresses, so stay tuned! In the meantime, give some thought to your own challenge and pop over to our sign up page to pledge to reduce your food waste.

Later on today, I have an interview with Christopher Gabrielle over on WDAY, tune in at 5:35pm our time to listen in (11:35am for our American friends).

My Disclaimer: I’ve spoken to some wonderful, supportive and enthusiastic people about National Zero Waste Week, so if you’re a blogger writing about your experiences of taking part in National Zero Waste Week and I’ve forgotten to list; it’s nothing personal! Please give me a nudge and I’ll add you in order to share the link love.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Ben says:

    Hey there… long time no chat. I heard you on the radio in Fargo today. It is a smaaall small world, isn’t it?

  2. Julie Day says:

    I shall mark that week as zero waste week and do my best to do so.

  3. I’m ALWAYS on a no food waste mission. lol

  4. Hi Mrs G – thanks for featuring my interview with the lovely Rob Dunger from Radio Suffolk. I am totally chuffed that Saints Cafe will be involved and have just updated The Rubbish Diet with the full news about what’s happening in my neck of the woods next week. I promise to be good at home too LOL 😉 Anyway, hope everyone has a great week. I’m looking forward to it

    (And if anyone is lookiing in from Suffolk, can I give a cheeky plug for the screening of No Impact Man at Abbeygate Picturehouse in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday 8.30pm. As you know, (thanks to your email) I’ll be hosting the post-movie Q&A and would be delighted to meet any of your readers who might be attending that night). xxx

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Ben: Ben! How are you? I haven’t seen you for ages. I see you’re taking the back seat on your blog now and letting your good lady steer the ship. What are you up to now? Glad you heard the interview, Christopher is a great host.

    @Julie Day: Great news, Julie. Let us know how you get on 🙂

    @[email protected]: Yay! You are the queen of zero food waste, that’s for sure. You should be my zero waste champion for the week 😉

    @[email protected]: HI Karen, should be a great week, especially with the No Impact screening. Have a fabby time; can’t wait to read your updates and see what you get to eat every day! It will be a combined efforts recipe book next 😉

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