Weekly weigh in thirty

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weigh in 30’twas the night before Christmas and I peered tentatively into the landfill box. Fortunately it was a good week! We have a bit of a conundrum at Chez Green this week but I think we’ve now reached a conclusion about how to deal with it.

The thing about Christmas is that there are parties a-plenty, especially when you’re seven years old. Little miss Green has been attending all sorts of festive excitements and last week it was her Brownies party.  She has a lucky streak in her and always comes away with a raffle or competition prize (Note to self: start doing the lottery and get her to choose the numbers).

Last week she did indeed win a raffle prize and came home clutching Rodney. Rodney was a chocolate reindeer who was not unlike an Easter Egg. And we all know the sort of packaging you get with one of those beauties. The total weight of the product was 200gms. Of that, 60 grams was plastic packaging. Grrrr.

We have decided that we are going to return the packaging to the store. So I’ve put it to one side to take back when we next pass the shop. Does that sound ungrateful or are we cheating? I don’t think so, as we would never have bought this product ourselves. If we were going to buy chocolate we would buy a large bar of foil and paper wrapped.

All that is remaining in the landfill box this week is:

  • 1 crisp packet
  • plastic front from a pack of rechargeable batteries
  • plastic film from some meat
  • unidentifiable plastic tray from some vine tomatoes – LMG had a craving and the only tomatoes available were pre packed.

All in all it weighs a puny 10 gms!
So we’re moving into Christmas week with a clear conscience and a relatively slim bin. Let’s see how we get through the week itself!

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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. Denise says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you all.
    Looking forward to sharing 2009 with you.

  2. indiebird says:

    Wow!! That is amazing on Christmas week, well done to all of you in the Green family and a Merry Christmas to all of youxxxxxxxxx

  3. dottyspots says:

    A belated Merry Christmas to you all!

    Wishing you all the best for a Zero Waste New Year :0)

  4. Layla says:

    YAY for returning the packaging! – maybe with a pamphlet on zero waste or at least a business card that says ‘zero waste expert’ or something? 🙂
    looks awfully lot like a packaging for a LED bulb!!! OMG! (no number for recycling on that teither!)

    Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!! You are a light of inspiration in this dark & dreary (read: materialism-obsessed) world!!! :))))

  5. Mr. Green says:

    Thank-you all for your kind wishes. Yes, we did have a very peaceful and joyful Christmas. We resisted over-indulgence and feel much better for it. Fortunately we seem to have escaped too many wasteful horrors from ‘festive packaging’ More on that later …

  6. Poppy says:

    The Bin men called today and took all our gifted sins away with them, so we’re ready to start again with a clean slate 🙂

    DH had a good idea for an advertising campaign today (well I think it was pretty good)

    Bin day rolls round and hearing a lot of activity out in his garden, Mr Cantbearsed goes out to find a group of workman digging up his garden. When asked what they are doing, the men reply that as the country has now run out of space for landfill, they are burying his rubbish and that of the people without gardens, in his garden!


  7. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you everyone – we hope you had a great Christmas too!

    Poppy, good to see you have a clean slate. We’ll be back in the new year to share about our Christmas and to let you know how much rubbish we created.
    Your DH’s idea is wonderful! I love the idea. Perhaps Tracey’s husband could do the artwork 😉

  8. Oooh, what a good weigh-in…nice job!

  9. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you Kristen and a Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂

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