Weekly weigh in 24

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weekly weigh in 24Ah, just as I thought. You might remember from a few days ago, I had a bit of a wayward shopping trip. Mainly due to poorly babe in arms and two sleepless nights.

Well, our landfill bin is certainly showing signs of voluptuous curves and winter padding this week.

Groaning under the weight of convenience shopping we have:

2 crisp packets
1 plastic sandwich pack (Little Miss Green fancied a prawn sandwich in recovery!)
1 bleach container
wrapping from ham bought from the deli ( I left my box in the car)
2 plastic straws (convincing a child with a poorly throat to drink takes creativity)
1 rice cakes bag
2 salad bags
1 sprouted beans bag (CBA’d to sprout our own)
1 plastic bacon tray (A poorly babe feeling better craving)
1 plastic coffee lid
1 omega mix bag
1 fresh herbs wrapping
2 lentils bags
1 small rice bag
plastic tags from new sack of rice

It all came in at a rather buxom 169 gms. Not quite the less-than-100gms we are aiming for at the moment.

As I wrote in my post last week I still find it interesting to see how much convenience plays a huge part in all of this. Once you’re too tired, have something else to focus on, or just have a case of Can’t Be Arsedness then many zero waste plans go out of the window and the pounds pile into the landfill.

Let’s hope that this next week will be uneventful and we’ll be back down to a more reasonable amount of rubbish. I’ll see what I can do to restore my reputation as the week progresses……..

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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. Ally Beal says:

    Hei! may i first say that i *love* your blog =) Second of all, with regards to the bean sprouts sprouting waste for the landfill, I find it really easy to grow them if you put them in a jar (see, re-using!)with holes awled in them on a window by your kitchen sink, so it’s not a chore to rinse them at all, just something to do after your washing up =)

  2. You can’t recycle the bleach container?

    I don’t think you should beat yourself up too much…overall, you’re doing really, really well, and if everyone in my country only threw away 169 grams of trash each week, we’d be in great shape!

  3. 169g is still brilliant Mrs G!

  4. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Ally, welcome to the site and to the world of blogging; I saw your new blog today and wish you blogging success! Oh honey, we know how easy it is to grow our own sprouts, we were just bitten by the ‘lazy’ bug last week so bought some – how insane is that. Thanks for the reminder about what we really should be doing though; they are so cool to grow aren’t they? And as you said, so easy……….

    Hey Kristen, nope, not bleach containers over here at the moment πŸ™ Thanks for the vote of confidence about our waste πŸ™‚

    Thank you Sarah! Like Kristen said, it would be pretty neat if we all reduced our rubbish πŸ˜‰

  5. esther says:

    and still, my bin weighs so much more than yours this week….he’s slimming though, but I feel that turtlkes are quicker…okay, slowly but surely then…

  6. Mrs Green says:

    Esther; slowly but surely is the key – bear in mind that we have been working towards this for 6 months, but doing things slowly ensures more successes πŸ™‚

  7. maisie says:

    You are still doing really well, and even on a very good week ours is still double that of yours.

    I am going to have to get a bit stricter with my 3 boys again though as I noticed a couple of things in the bin yesterday which should have gone into recycling.

    Excuse, “Mum its pouring with rain out there!!!”, and????, ‘Just stand it by the back door for next time someone goes outside.’

    “Oh didn’t think of that!”

    You do have to laugh sometimes.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Hey Maisie,
    Good to see you πŸ™‚ I’m guessing your bin is bound to be heavier than ours because you have two more people creating waste (teenager at that I believe!!)
    Ahh, we have that argument with toilet rolls! I ask dd to leave one on the stairs and to take it up next time she passes, but invariably she doesn’t do it and someone gets caught out with their pants down later in the day πŸ˜€

  9. maisie says:

    Hey back, have been a bit busy helping out in school this week, I baked 8 dozen fairy cakes on Thurs afternoon and then iced them on Friday morning. A treat for all the kids for Children in Need (used the school cooker etc though).

    We are actually a family of 4 Myself, DH, DS1(13)& DS2(10). The boys do often also have a friend or 2 round here as well, so I can usually been seen feeding 4 kids on Friday and/or Saturday.

    I sometimes say my 3 as DH is a big kid as well.

    Both DS1 & DS2 have big appetites, but DS1 can and does eat for England, both are also big sportsmen so the appetites come from there as well.

    I am happy with my bin at the approx 300g per week, as I said on my blog , that means I only need to have it emptied 4 or maybe 5 times per year based on fillage since Sept 1.

  10. Mrs Green says:

    Wow Maisie; that’s a bit of a bakeathon you had over there last week. Sounds great fun and I hope you raised some good funds for the Children in Need appeal.
    300g per week is excellent. Just imagine if everyone had their bin emptied half a dozen times a year πŸ™‚

  11. Diz says:

    Ummmmmmm, I’ve been putting bleach bottles out for recycling for ages – never had one rejected – may I ask why you reckon they aren’t acceptable, as I’m far more likely to be the one to have got it wrong

  12. Mrs Green says:

    Now you have me thinking Diz! We’re told that we can only put clear plastic (ie washing up liquid and drinks bottles) into the recycling skips. Nothing else is allowed, esp. not colours as they contaminate the load.
    Ho hum……….

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