Sunday roundup twenty

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Good morning lovely people; welcome to our Sunday Roundup.

I was looking for last week’s round up and found it in the drafts folder! You can tell my mind has been on other things. So I’ll list last week’s roundup later LOL!

You might remember that this week we’ve been doing a zero food waste challenge. I’m inspired to keep it up for another week, just to put more good habits in place. It seems you’ve enjoyed following our progress this week and we’ve had lots of people joining in with their fabulous ideas on how we can use up things in our fruit bowl and fridge. A couple of you have been joining in with your own challenges, so what say we give it another week?

It all began on Monday when Mr green found something particularly embarrassing in the cake tin. Find out what it was

On Tuesday I shared a list of everything that would be thrown away plus everything that needed using up within a few days. Find out how much stuff we had to ditch

On Wednesday, it was Blog Action Day, where, for the day bloggers around the world focused on Poverty. Do zero waste and poverty fit together?Β

By the third day of our zero waste food challenge we were feeling pretty smug – find out why

It’s Halloween soon – time of disposable plastic decorations, man made costumes and individually wrapped candies. Find out my ideas for a zero waste Halloween and add your own

On day four of our challenge, I turned into Nigella Lawson for a couple of hours with a cauliflower and a chicken portion

And by day five we were eating leftovers made from leftovers

DOn’t forget to come along and add your thoughts to our latest discussions

Next week we’re launching a 10% discount for one of my favourite online stores. You will be able to do all your zero waste ethical shopping under one roof, so look out for that. You have until tonight to get your entries in for our fabulous chocolate week competition. To be in with your chance of winning some organic, fair trade, zero waste chocolate find out what you need to do You also have until the end of this month to win a signed copy of Tracey Smith’s ‘Book of Rubbish ideas’
Remember to look out for this month’s dustbin demon amongst your own rubbish and join in with our monthly challenge

That’s all from us; remember to use up your leftovers to prevent food waste – plan some meals for next week and let us know what you will be doing.


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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. Di Hickman says:

    I have to say that the zero food waste will probably be a regular thing for me. I managed to stretch our food and not go shopping until Sunday (that made 13 days between shopping trips) and only went then because we ran out of OJ and soy milk.

    Personally seeing how long I could live on the contents of the fridge (aside from one meal out) was a great eye opener that this is the reason for a lot of our food waste. I remember being a child and being told it was XYZ for dinner or nothing. No choice. I actually miss that. Sometimes too much is a bad thing.

    In future I am going to be preparing a menu plan each week. I plan on emptying the freezer of crappy prepackaged frozen foods (I may keep the vegan burgers for BBQ) but try and fill it with home cooked meals.

    Count me in for another week and every week hereafter, though I’ll be updating my blog on a weekly basis for this. I kinda remember seeing a blog about someone trying this (zero food waste) and taking photo’s of the waste each week. I may go that route should I need to throw anything away.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Di, it’s a bit addictive isn’t it? 13 days between shopping is wonderful. I always go out once or twice a week for fresh fruit and veg and meat for the other two, but if I only need to go out for that, then that’s fine.
    I agree with you about choice, we were bought up with a ‘eat that or nothing’ rule at home and I do the same.
    I’m reading your RSS, so I’m looking forward to seeing how things go for you and picking up any tips along the way πŸ™‚

  3. Kris says:

    I like to shop for fresh things so normally shop two or three times a week, usually on a basis where there is a guidelist but I will buy other things (or different things) depending on what I see, use-by dates, offers and so on.

    And I’ve always thought that planning and being organised was the best way, but recently I’ve decided not to go shopping a couple of times and replaced ‘proper’ shopping trips with two minute nips or improvised when I’ve not had the familiar selection of things.

    The only trouble is that let loose in a supermarket again today I had a fiendishly expensive shop – partly because I didn’t write a list. I think the few luxury bits like gorgeous cheese probably helped too…

  4. Mrs Green says:

    Kris, it’s a balance isn’t it, to not buy too much, but to take advantage of bargains when they arise. I’m still working on it and trying to figure the best way around this. Self discipline is the key I guess and I’m not very good at that πŸ˜‰

  5. Kris says:

    self-what? Not sure I have any πŸ˜‰

    I just have a mind like a corkscrew so it always seems quite justifiable to buy things – sensible even to stock a few bits in reserve. It scares me a bit to strip it down and only have what I need *right now* but I think balance is the key thing, to try and find a middle point.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    Yep; we’re attempting to balance that one as well. Dh is much more a hoarder than I am and I’m really trying to accept that part of his behaviour. It’s about trusting that the Universe will provide us with what we need – our culture doesn’t really buy into that one much though πŸ˜‰
    When it comes to food, however, I like to know I have enough in the house to carry me through a two week snow in – you know how common those are?!?!

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