September zero waste week challenge.

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We’re less than a month away from our zero waste week challenge!

Those of you who have been following our blog will know that we’re doing a zero waste week during the first week of September.

Inspired and cheered on by Mrs A over in St.Edmondsbury who put out just ONE PLASTER during her zero waste week in March this year, we’re going to try our hand at producing nothing for the landfill too.

Since the beginning of June, we’ve been gradually slimming our bin by increasing the amount of recycling we’re doing and changing our shopping habits.

We’ve gone from an ‘average week’ of around 100 litres of rubbish (1 metal dustbin and 2 swing bin liners) to around half a carrier bag of rubbish a week.

As you might guess, all of our landfill waste is non-recyclable plastics such as yogurt pots and salad bags and mixed packaging such as foil lined plastic bags for rice.

To celebrate our zero waste week we want you to help us out, join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes.

Here’s how to take part:

Over the next week or so, we’ll be listing some ideas for pledges. All the pledges will have something to do with reducing waste such as ‘I will take my own bags to the shop and refuse carrier bags’. They will range from those that are suitable for total beginners to more challenging ideas for seasoned recyclers and zero wasters!

So don’t worry – we’re not expecting you to go zero waste; we’d just like you to rethink some of your habits and look at where you could make positive changes. You can stay right inside your comfort zone if you wish, and the more daring among you can flex your recycling muscles as much as you like!

We want you to sign up for at least one pledge (you can sign up for as many as you wish or make your own) and come back to us at least once during zero waste week and tell us how you’re getting on by leaving a comment. You can share your triumphs and your challenges and get the support and encouragement you need to continue. You can share your experiences, tell us any interesting or useful information you have found out and help others find solutions and motivation.

We’re giving away prizes
Everyone who signs a pledge and posts their experiences will go into our prize draw. We have heaps of prizes to give away from some wonderful companies. All the prizes are recycled, fully recyclable at the end of their life or will help you increase the amount of recycling you do.

We have books, toiletries, recycled gifts, glassware, eco friendly cleaning products, reusable drinking bottles, and lots of other wonderful prizes. Keep your eye on our Company Spotlight section for details of all the prizes on offer as we’ll be adding companies daily.

Every pledge you sign up to and report back on will give you one entry into the draw. So the more you take part, the more chances you have of winning.

The beauty of the internet is that wherever you are in the world, you can take part – this will be a global celebration of the earth with us all doing our bit to reduce the amount of rubbish we put into the landfill.

Just imagine the potential of this zero waste week if we all join together and take part!


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. Hi Mrs Green,

    My idea for a pledge is : To find out new information which will be a step closer to Zero Waste. (This could be a countrywide location where non-plastic packaged commodities are sold or where special recycling is available or a new blog contact or any other new relevant details).


  2. Mrs Green says:

    I was hoping you would come forward with some pledges John! It’s easy to come up with suggestions for novices, but for people like yourself and Mrs A and others who are well on the road to zero waste, I would still like it that such people can be a part of this.

    In that way it is a challenge that works on all levels so that no one is excluded.

  3. Hi Mrs Green,

    My pledge is very general so a lot of people can find a contribution. Breaking the ice should help others bring their ideas too. As you say, every idea is equally valid. The more the merrier.


  4. Mrs Green says:

    General pledges are good because people can join in with them at a level that is comfortable.
    Although others prefer something very specific, especially if they are new to recycling / zero waste ideas.

    But yes, the more the merrier and we really hope we can generate a lot of interest and see some great changes taking place around the globe!

  5. Kris says:

    I’m definitely happy to pledge – though I haven’t isolated exactly what yet! But only as long as I don’t have to be at all famous… :o) I’d just like to be in the helpful herd.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    No fame required, Kris! You don’t have to reveal any more about yourself than you do when leaving a comment.

    We’re going to be writing a long list of ideas for pledges, so there is no need to think of your own if you don’t want to. But of course you are free to set your own challenge if that is more useful to you 🙂

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