Weekly weigh in twenty seven

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weigh in 27Welcome to this week’s weigh in. Things were looking great until we sorted ‘the cupboard

We only had a small bag, in terms of quantity, of unidentifiable plastic waste, but it weighed quite a bit. I was surprised when I put it on the scales to see it registered 259 grams!

I’ve just taken a peek in the landfill box for this week and I’m impressed. But Little Miss green was sitting next to me, from her recent sick bed and said ‘I really think we need to use less plastic, this is looking way too much.’

<sigh> Out of the mouths of babes.

Then she went on to say that she would rather live in a dump surrounded by mouldy food and burst open nappies than go without cuddles from me because cuddles were the most important thing in the world. Well I can’t argue with that. And what a poet she is; she really knows how to paint a picture with words!

In the bin this week we have

  • 1 broken carrier bag <grrrr> Supermarket delivery people have a habit of tying the handles together really tightly so that the bag rips when you try to open it. I guess I could return it for recycling, but it’s just one of those jobs that I forget to do.
  • 1 cereal bar wrapper
  • 1 celery bag; with the rather useless info “Recyclable where facilities exist” but doesn’t tell me which type of plastic it is. Even in our local organic farm shop, it’s bagged up.
  • 1 lentils bag
  • 1 oven chips bag
  • plastic film from pre-packaged curry

A step up to the scales reveals:

40 grams

Which gives us a rather groaning total this week of 299 grams.

Oh well, at least we don’t have a few kilos of sofa to add to the mix πŸ˜‰

Thanks to Little Miss Green for lying in bed ready to do her duty to her public, to smile through a raging temperature and poorly cough in order to spread the message about reducing our waste. Love her πŸ™‚


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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. Hello LMG – hope you’re feeling a lot better. And Mrs G, I hope you’ve got rid of your own crick in your neck. Well done on another fantastic week. Is that celery bag polythene? They quite often are. If it is, you could save them up and give them to your supermarket driver next time, as the delivery drivers will normally take back things like fruit and veg bags, bread bags and toilet roll wrappers. But if it’s the crinkly film kind of wrapper, then you’ll most likely be out of luck.

    If you’re ears are burning, it will be because I’m talking about you this morning. I’m plugging The Rubbish Diet and My Zero Waste again, this time at a regional Community Action on Climate Change conference in Suffolk. If I get chance I’ll blog about it later. Wish me luck… πŸ˜€ x

  2. Argh “you’re ears are burning”. Typos Blypos…It’s twirly in the morning…LOL Twirly…too early. Get it? LOL…that’s what I get for being woken up by my 4 year old at 4am. Now you know why I need all the luck I can get today. πŸ˜€

  3. She looks pretty good for being sick! And I’m chuckling at what she said about cuddles. lol

  4. Hi Mrs Green,

    299g, a colossal amount by your own excellent family standards. It brings to mind my own early waste strategy. I bought plastic packed everything then and to reduce the volume of waste I used boiling water, from mealtime veg, to flatten the packs.

    This worked for a while then I realised that I was stuck at this volume. Taking up the Zero Waste challenge changed that and I feel the benefit. No longer a slave to the system but taking full responsibility for waste.

    With the ever-growing Zero Waste Week phenomenon, it is great to see others joining in.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Mrs A, LMG is much better thank you, and I can twist my neck comfortably in all directions again πŸ˜‰ Do you know if a supermarket will take plastic veg bags back from another shop? I didn’t think they would take back something from a different store?? Maybe I’m just too British about these things LOL! Loved your twirrly typos πŸ˜€

    Kristen; you can always rely on a child to just get to the point, eh?!

    john, geesh, you know how to make me feel better about myself LOL! A colossal amount indeed; but there we are. Mind you, I like your cunning plan at the beginning of your own zero waste challenge! It seems we have both evolved a bit now πŸ˜‰

  6. Glad you’re both feeling better and yes the good news is you don’t need to worry about being British any longer. Calls to Sainsburys and Waitrose earlier this year confirmed you can give them any old bag as long as it was polythene, even if it’s from a competitor or is a high-street bag. Have been waving the flag ever since. πŸ˜€

  7. Mrs Green says:

    That;s great, Mrs A – thank you for sharing with us!

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