Results of our zero waste week

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This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Due to the story the other night on recycling in the UK, this got put back for a couple of days, but we’ll keep you in suspenders no longer.

For some reason, the quality of this isn’t very good, but you’ll get the idea. Did we succeed with genuine zero waste for the week or not?

It’s time to find 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. Hi Mrs Green,

    Congratulations on a successful Zero Waste Week!

    Showing that it is possible, under the strictest conditions, can help to change householders’ mindset from one of Throwaway to Minimise.

    Your attention to detail is important in answering the many questions which will arise as others attempt a Zero Week. There can be no doubt that others will follow your fine example.

  2. maisie says:

    Well Done,

    Please let me know on the stock cube wrapper as these are the ones I use as well.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you John – I was almost choked up towards the end when I realised we had actually done it! It was a really powerful moment for me 🙂

    Maisie, thank you – I am awaiting a response from kallo about the stock cubes and their rice cakes bags (which I hold little hope for at the moment). I’ll let you know as soon as I find out.

  4. Oh Wow!
    Well done you! I’m very impressed.

  5. Hooray – well done you guys! Have had my head down in my project all day, so have only had my first proper chance to look in and it’s really brilliant news. And guess what…the reel arrived this morning. It wil most definitely be put to good use. I also loved your note and will probably blog it later. ;-D x

  6. Kris says:

    Can I borrow the happy dancing bunny please – well done!

  7. jen cleanbin says:

    Congratulations! It’s amazing how, when you start thinking about zero waste, it all becomes about food. Apart from your flower wrap and newspaper, all of your recycling was from food packaging!

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Hi All. Thank you! 1 happy dancing bunny coming your way, Kris 😀

    Jen! I mentioned you this morning in my post about gummybins. I didn’t know about them until I read about it on your blog!! You bought up a really interesting point that I hadn’t figured out doh – 90% of our waste is food related. That’s some, erm, food for thought, isn’t it? Thanks for pointing that out………

  9. maisie says:

    Mrs Green, I emailed Kallo today about the stock cube wrappers, below is the email and response I got by return.

    Whilst I enjoy using your organic stock cubes not just the beef and chicken but also the garlic & herb.

    I cannot figure out what exactly the cubes are wrapped in.

    I am trying to recycle everything that I have to put out as waste and cannot find any information on the packaging for any of these stock cubes telling what the wrapper material is.

    Would it be possible for you to perhaps print this information on the box somewhere near the bbdate so that consumers know where to dispose of the wrappers accordingly.

    I will await your advises regarding the wrappers.

    Dear Miss Clark

    Thank you for your email.

    We can confirm the wrapping can be recycled as paper

    With Kind Regards

    Mrs Sian Abbott
    Consumer Services Manager
    Kallo Foods, Coopers Place, Combe Lane, Wormley, Surrey, GU8 5SZ

  10. Mrs Green says:

    Ah yes! I meant to post this up; I spoke to the same person too LOL!
    The rice cakes bags are ‘non recyclable film’ according to Sian, but at least the stock cubes are ok – phew!

  11. Sue says:

    Congratulations Rae, sorry it’s a little overdue!
    When I come to the end of my pot of stock, I too will be wondering what to do with the pot. I use the marigold stock, and buy it in 1kg tubes. They are card, but have a plastic top and metal disk on the bottom. It could be used as a storage tin, but as it’s card, it might not last too long.

  12. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you Sue! I find these pots last a surprisingly good amount of time through reuse. Whether the parts can be separated for recycling – tin, card and plastic, I’m not sure…..

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