Weekly weigh in twenty eight

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weigh in 28I’ve not been around much since the weekend. Little Miss Green, always one to share freely and lovingly, shared her viral thing with me and I’ve been unwell 🙁

So much so, I took to supermarket delivery of convenience meals in order that Mr Green could keep himself and LMG alive during my culinary absence. I didn’t want to come down to an assortment of skin and bones. I mean, what would I do with it all?

Goodness knows then, what next weeks landfill will look like! I made as many good choices as possible, because zero waste ready meals are more and more readily available, but I have to be honest – convenience was my top priority. It’s hard to think about your rubbish when you’re feeling, well, rubbish yourself.

A glimpse into the bin would reveal that Mr Green has been doing a little decluttering of his own with a dvd spindle and it looks like Little Miss Green has either been clearing up after herself, or creating messes; I can’t quite decide which 🙂

Without further ado then, in the landfill bin this week we have only a few items, but they’re pretty heavy:

  • 1 Pringles tub (calls to Tetrapak reveal that despite being similar components to tetrapak, we cannot put Pringle tubs in with cartons. They cannot go into cardboard recycling because they contain plastic laminate)
  • 1 DVD spindle
  • Plastic moulding from a set of colouring crayons
  • Plastic Film from meat
  • 2 x plastic film from curry
  • 1 marmite lid
  • plastic seal from soy sauce
  • plastic seal from honey jar
  • plastic sweetcorn bag (no recycling code)

All in all it weighs  153 gms

It’s a real boo hiss week. I think I’m going to stick to regular crisp packets, you seem to get more food and less packaging for your money. And before you ask; we already have several Pringles tubs housing various objects around the house and I’ve got to the NO MORE! stage with it all………


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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. indiebird says:

    Hugs Mrs Green and hope you’ll be better soon. I looked at the photo and thought ‘mmmmm pringles’ then read the text and thought…… ‘oh hell, pringles!!!’ why, oh why do companies have to make life so complicated for us eh??!!

  2. Poppy says:

    I confess that on the rare occasion when we’ve had Pringles, I put the base in with cans or metal, and the tube in with cardboard. I was told some time ago by the councillor who had recycling as part of his portfolio, that paper recycling could take 5% contaminates and still be viable, I am presuming that the same is true for cardboard.

    Hope you are feeling better now Mrs G. We’ve had similar problems here. I think the dog and kittens were the only ones feeling anywhere near normal this morning 🙁

  3. Hi Mrs Green,

    Sorry you are still under the weather. It has been such a cold spell that I have stayed indoors as much as possible. Home made soup and ginger wine (non-alcoholic) are needed to keep the inner glow.

    This is the first attempt at Christmas Zero Waste so we can learn from it and improve next year. My sticking point is Christmas pudding so minimal packaging is the aim this year.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    😀 Sorry to tease you like that, Indiebird. Confusion is the number 1 thing that needs to be addressed with recycling in order for it to be taken to the next level in the UK (imho)

    Poppy, I hope you are all well. Interesting about the 5% contaminates. I just don’t know if I could stand it on my conscience! Maybe I’ll pull things apart next time and see if I can split it into component parts a bit more. Then again…..

    Hmmmm, homemade soup and ginger wine sound fine, John. It’s a shame about the Christmas pudding; there’s still time for something to turn up……

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