Happy zero waste week 2011!

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Mrs Green officially welcomes you to zero waste week 2011!

Mrs Green officially welcomes you to zero waste week 2011!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to National Zero Waste week and what a great week it’s going to be.

We have nearly 300 people signed up on our Facebook Events page and lots of lovely people on this site too, all pledging to reduce their waste when out and about.

Mr Green and I had a head start and some practise last week; can you guess why? Here’s a clue:

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Yep, we headed off to Devon and were self catering so we had to get used to different recycling facilities and make sure we didn’t fall foul of any ‘gotchas’ when taking in a bit of sea, sand and sun…

Most things ran smoothly and for the first time I was able to take advantage of kerbside facilities for food waste – we don’t have that at zero waste towers, so it was a bit of a novelty. Instead of a compost heap I put my peelings into the food waste caddy where I assume it gets taken away and made into soil conditioner.

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I know you have some fantastic pledges planned; from contacting companies to change their naughty ways to carrying ‘mobile compost heaps’ (yes really!) to saying no to disposable stirrers, spoons, and cups – you’ve got it all planned.

Be sure to let me know how you are getting on either in the comments below or on our dedicated zero waste week 2011 page!

If you tweet, use the #nzww hashtag…

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. Joddle says:

    Getting through my neglected food stuffs as part of zero waste week. Actually managed to make the soya mince into a tasty pasta sauce by using your soak + fry tip – thanks Mrs G

  2. as joddle, i began a freezer-refrigerator-cupboard sorting campaign, using all storage items before renewing with zero waste food stuffs…and refilling with garden goodies this fall.

    how fortunate the UK to have established kitchen waste recycling..and curbside (kerbside to you) recycling projects–bravo to all of you for being involved in the process…

  3. WhooHoo … that’s a lot of people participating and reducing waste! Brilliant! And welcome back from your holiday, Mrs. Green … it looks like you had fun at the beach!

    Okay … here’s my update on my water waste reduction idea. I pledged to reduce water waste by not letting restaurant servers automatically fill my glass. It really wasn’t hard to say “no thanks” to refills but the problem with that is that the server automatically assumes that you don’t want any more water throughout the entire meal … and when I asked for more later, she looked at me with annoyance. So, in the future, I think I’m going to take the opportunity to spread a little awareness and ensure that I get the water I want … I’m going to tell the server, up front, that I’m trying to not waste water and so I don’t need a refill at this time but will probably want more later in the meal. Also, when the server comes to refill, I’m going to ask for only half a glass. Sure … it’s a lot more words but maybe the server will think about it in her own life. So yep … the challenge is met but I believe I can do better. 🙂

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Joddle: glad you managed to do something edible with the TVP – fantastic news!

    @nadine sellers: sounds like you’ve been industrious across the pond Nadine; hope you’ve got some great food from the garden

    @Small Footprints: thanks SF – it was a lovely break; just what we needed before a busy zero waste week! thanks for your wonderful update; I can see what you mean about the ambiguity so yep, more words needed! Hopefully if you’re a regular eventually restaurant staff will get to know your preferences 😉

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