Sunday roundup

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little miss green and cattus green looking pleased with this week\'s progress
There’s been lots going on here at My Zero Waste this week. Firstly, we have a generous 15% discount lined up with the lovely people at Onya Bags. Find out how to grab your very own reusable bag for a fraction of the cost on our offers and discounts page. Be quick; you’ve got until the end of the month to grab yourselves a bargain.

Our competition for the girls is still running. You have until the end of this month to submit your entries to win a washable sanitary pad from the gorgeous Rachael Hertog. Response to this competition has been overwhelming with more and more women considering the reusable options.

The beginning of the week resulted in home made cake all over the floor, while our reader’s came out of the closet and shared their anally retentive ways of recycling. Read all about their obsessive habits in the comments on Monday.

On Tuesday find out what I ordered by mistake from the weekly shopping that resulted in a groaning bin and a guilty conscience.

Last week we put out one metal dustbin, 2 swing bin liners and a carrier bag full of rubbish. Wednesday was our weekly weigh in. Find out how we did this week and see what I found lurking in the back of the fridge.

On Thursday, we stepped up to the confessional to bare our sins. Just what horrors did we admit to? Find out here.

Not content to let us get away with things lightly, Almost Mrs A cracked the whip on Friday and challenged us to something really big, really mean and really scary. Find out what she has challenged us to.

We’ve added some more new articles this week to help you improve your recycling and make better shopping choices.

Household cleaning products contribute to a significant amount of the plastic we throw away every week. Follow our 6 tips to help you reduce the amount of plastic you send to landfill each week

Personal care products such as shampoo, shower gel, shaving foam all product a lot of waste. Are there any alternatives?

Plastic is the one thing most of us struggle with when trying reduce our landfill waste. Read our top 11 tips for reducing the amount of plastic in your life.

Remember to come along and take part on the site! Vote in our polls, take part in our monthly challenge and leave your comments on any of our blog posts, news items and articles. The more the merrier we say!

Look out for some great discounts and competitions coming up over the next couple of months. We’ve some fab companies lined up who can’t wait to give you some generous discounts and are itching to give away some prizes.

And keep checking back to the articles section too. Next week we’ll help you banish junk mail forever, get rid of polythene and we’re going to stop you WEEEing in the landfill – just what does that funny symbol with the crossed out wheelie bin really mean?

I’ll be writing a report on my newest gadget, which will help me reduce plastic packaging further, and don’t miss our weekly weigh in. Has our dustbin lost more weight this week?

See you next week, thanks for following our site and have yourselves a beautiful Sunday xxx

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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. Blimey, you have had a busy week. Can’t wait for next week’s adventures ;-D

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Hiya 🙂

    Writing the Sunday roundup provides a really good focus for me. It helps me to realise that when I’m feeling I’ve ‘done nothing’ in a week, the reality is quite different! It really helps us to track our progress too.

    I hope you had a wonderful Sunday,
    Mrs G x

  3. Jane says:

    Having made such significant strides on this, I was wondering if you have any other “green” challenges in mind for your family further down the line.

    Reading your site has got me thinking more about our waste… and yes, as with many other, a large proportion of our waste is one of the many plastics that can’t be recycled (thankfully bottles can be for us). I got home from shopping today (all done on foot, take my own bags, and try to buy local as much as possible)… opened a tub of coleslaw and then thought “I really shouldn’t be doing this, it should be homemade, therefore creating less waste”… but then I started thinking … there aren’t enough hours in the day (and I do like my M&S Coleslaw and potato salad) and I’m sure that I’d be wasting some of the ingredients anyway as I’m the only one that eats the stuff!

    The long and short of this is that I have to stick to my old mantra – if it’s a viable alternative, then I’ll do it. (I’ve been veggie for over 20 years and have found this works for a number of things eg…. for a while I was able to get decent veggie shoes, but they aren’t made any more, but I’ll never have a leather handbag… why does it have to be leather????)

  4. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Jane,

    I was wondering about this too. And just when I’m thinking there can’t possibly be anything left to write about rubbish, I find myself with two weeks worth of blog posts stacked up on my computer 😀

    I can see that this challenge will be a kind of never ending quest. Packaging changes, manufacturers go out of business, new businesses are born and the laws change.

    There may indeed be a week where we produce ‘zero waste’ but *maintaining* that is a challenge in itself.

    So, as for future challenges, it’s a bit of a case of a zero waste challenge is for life, not just for Christmas 😀

    I’m not sure yet about future challenges as this current one is taking up so much of my time and energy (although we are already doing some things – Mr Green is building some LED bulbs as those things are just so darn expensive in the UK, and he’s running them off old car batteries. I’d like to get our garden more productive too; at the moment it’s producing bindweed and horsetail). There are many steps we can take towards a more eco friendly lifestyle.

    Your idea about the coleslaw is a perfect case in point. Just when you think you have something sussed, you realise you have bought something that comes with non recyclable packaging and it throws open a whole heap of questions about the ‘best choice’.

    There is no black and white, is there? There are just options and choices and we have to determine the best for ourselves.

    In the case of coleslaw, if you particularly enjoy the M&S one then I guess all you can do is contact M&S and voice your concerns, but if it’s just coleslaw per se you love, then you could visit a deli or supermarket with a deli counter and get them to fill your own reuseable containers.

    I’m glad you’ve been thinking more about your waste though; that’s the first step – just to have an awareness that leads to creative thinking 🙂

    Mrs G x

  5. Jane says:

    Well yesterday afternoon my son came up with a gem….

    he had finished drinking his bottle of juice on the way back from nursery. He was about to throw it in a bin that we walked past…. then stopped and said “I’ll take this home mummy as it needs to be recycled”…. And that’s from a 4 year old! Excellent! 🙂

  6. Mrs Green says:

    Out of the mouths of babes! What a wonderful story – it must have been a proud mama moment for you too 🙂

    It just goes to show what filters in and gets absorbed by their beautiful minds doesn’t it?

    Just gorgeous to think that son’s like yours are the adults of the future………..

    Mrs G x

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