Weekly weigh in 18

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weekly weigh in 18Mr green isn’t up yet, hence the slightly dubious looking ‘self portrait with rubbish’ this morning. Mind you, I didn’t quite realise the pic was going to show off the very embarrassing cut on my nose so beautifully LOL! (And no, you’re not allowed to ask how it got there)

Our landfill waste is a little bit on the larger side this week. If you remember, Poppy commented this week that decluttering can add to the landfill, despite best intentions.

I’ve fallen foul to that one myself and this week it’s happened again. More on that in another post.

It’s interesting to see how the contents of our rubbish has changed since experiencing zero waste week.

This week we have:

1 plastic pen
1 pen refill (you try to do the write right thing by purchasing refills, but you’re still left with the old refill to dispose of – is that just as bad as buying a cheap plastic biro?)
A plastic honey lid
An old razor blade and packaging from the new one
A plastic cocktails sticks box
A plastic tray from mini sweetcorn (Little Miss Green has come up with some innovative uses for these in the past, but this week evidentially, creativity evaded her.)
5 plastic corks – all will be revealed; don’t worry; it hasn’t been such a stressful week that we’ve turned to the bottle
Plastic housing from an old broken night light
a piece of red netting; the sort that fruit and vegetables come in (although I’m not sure where this particular example comes from)
A rice cake bag – non recyclable film according to the manufacturers.

It’s amazing just how much stuff you can accumulate in one week even with careful purchasing. Still, compared to the ‘average’ across the UK it’s not bad.

All in all, it weighs 99 grams.

I feel that if we can create less than 100 grams per week from now on I’ll be happy, but decluttering, which I am gently doing this week can swell the bin with all those unexpected things that have been hiding in the back of cupboards and drawers.

Ah well; all these things seek as reminders of a life before awareness and it’s good to be faced with these things from time to time.

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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. Kris says:

    Still very inspirational 🙂

    Those corks look like stools for a fairy summit to me!

    Red netting makes me think of citrus fruits – satsumas or the like usually seem to come in those.

    (and I’m too polite to remark on how you hurt your nose but I hope it wasn’t too painful)

  2. Di Hickman says:

    On the pens, what about a refillable fountain pen?

  3. Mrs Green says:

    Kris, fairy stools is a wonderful idea. Soon I shall drown in fairy things! Fortunately, LMG didn’t think about that one (actually she was out when I cleared out the drawer, so she didn’t get a chance to bag them 😀 )

    Di, I like fountain pens, but they don’t suit our seven year old. More ink gets on her hands, clothes and on the carpet than on the paper! But they are fine for adults and I do love the smell of Quink 😀

  4. Spencer says:

    corks can be sliced up and used as feet for large speakers, cork is very good at absorbing vibrations and will reduce the sound traveling through floors into next doors house.

    thats amazing that have managed to reduce your waste so that it fits into your hand

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Spencer – welcome to the site and now you are talking my language. Our speakers used to be on paving slabs, but they don’t fit in our room now. We’ve got them on the other wall to the attached-to-neighbour side, but cork is worth trying. And I guess it makes for a great way to keep the speakers level on wonky floors.
    I’ll get Mr Green to have a play – thank you!

  6. jen cleanbin says:

    Are you sure you can’t recycle plastic corks. Afterall, they’re just plastic. Our local depot takes them.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Hey Jen, our council is particularly fussy that the only plastic we recycle is drinks bottles or washing up liquid bottles.
    I can’t see what type of plastic it is to send it off anywhere, but perhaps I could try harder to find out. I’d just given up, so thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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