Weekly weigh in number 2

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Two weeks ago we produced this:
our bin before the zero waste challenge


Last week we produced this:
weekly rubbish week one of zero waste challenge

And this week, we produced this:
weekly rubbish week two of zero waste challenge

Oh wait. Same photo.

Oh no it isn’t! Gather round and have a squeeze; she won’t mind. Now pick her up and compare it to last weeks.

See………….

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls we have just under half a swing bin liner again, but we’ve lost a staggering 260gms!

We began two short weigh ins ago with our heavyweight landfill mass – one metal dustbin, 2 swingbin lingers and a carrier bag of groaning, festering rubbish. She sat in the corner, sweating and afraid; a quivering mess of plastic, kitchen towel, food waste and dirty tins. We couldn’t even lead her to the scales as she was so ashamed of her portly figure.

By last week, we had slimmed down to a very acceptable cruiserweight – just half a swing bin liner, weighing in at 945g.

Our total rubbish going to landfill this week, is very promising light heavyweight at 685gms!

And this week I just know there are still many ways in which we can reduce it further.

When we started this challenge and stepped up to the scales for our first weekly weigh in, I was a bit dispondant. I thought we had worked Reeeeaally hard and just couldn’t see how we could reduce our waste further.

But now I’m feeling more optimistic, learning so much more and seeing more and more opportunities to reach our ultimate goal of zero waste.

Will we get to supermiddleweight status next week? Well you’ll just have to hurry to your computer next Wednesday to find out.

So what different habits have we put in place this week?

1- Meat trays

There are no meat trays in there – I’ve been buying chickens, sausages and bacon from our local butcher and he’s been putting all our purchases straight into our own reuseable containers. All in all, that adds up to quite a lot of plastic being saved from the landfill. It’s amazing how heavy those plastic trays are in the grand scheme of total plastic waste each week.

2- Plastic bottle codes

Sue pointed out to me that I should check the code on the bottom of my plastic grapeseed oil bottle. Low and behold I found a lovely symbol number 1 on there, which means these bottles can go in with the plastic bottle recycling. Another saving on the landfill load.

3- Cooked food.

Little Miss Green has stopped playing the ‘I can’t manage that last spoon full of cooked food’ game. A round of applause for Little Miss Green – we now have a human bokashi – feed her a bit of natural yogurt and oatbran and everything gets neatly digested.

4- breadmaking

Finally, I’ve been making bread. Ok, so a bread wrapper doesn’t exactly break the scales, but, as a certain manufacturer has been known to say, Every little helps……………..

Mouldy food waste found hiding in the fridge this week amounted to 2 slices of peach and the grated rind of a lemon that I had put by for making biscuits. I think I can let myself off that.

I’m off to put the rubbish out. 🙂

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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. Wow Mrs G – stand up and take a bow.

    That’s brilliant. Well done 😀

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Why thank you, Mrs A. We couldn’t have done it without you and all that…… 😉

    We’re really pleased, but even more excited that we’re still finding creative ways to reduce our waste further.

    I’m actually kind of looking forward to our zero waste challenge now 😀

    Mrs G x

  3. That’s just brilliant! Well done!

  4. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you Sarah! Good to see you again. We’re really pleased with the way things are going 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    Well done 🙂
    I love the thought of V being your human bokashi composter!! lol! Well done to the 3 of you!
    xx

  6. Mrs Green says:

    😀 Thanks Sue. She’s bit like the horse in the field too – feed him one end and you get lovely compost from the other LOL!

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