Sunday roundup 41

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sunday roundup 41Welcome to our Sunday roundup. Spring is coming and I’m itching to replace our snowy picture with a more sunny number!

This week we have been focusing on all the rubbish we have produced. We wanted to show you what we might have thrown into the landfill just eight months ago, before we started our zero waste adventures.

Each day I have itemised all the rubbish we have created, along with ways to reduce the amount of stuff we might otherwise send to landfill.

Tomorrow you’ll be able to see exactly how we do this.

To recap on our figures

On Monday we produced 1.83kg of stuff, of which 11gms will go into landfill

On Tuesday we produced of 822gms of stuff, of which 1gm will go into landfill

On Wednesday we produced 1.61kgs of stuff of which 3 gms will go into landfill

On Thursday we produced 570 gms of stuff, of which 12 gms will go into landfill

On Friday we produced 637gs of stuff, of which 1 gm will go into landfill

Yesterday we produced 2.34kg of stuff, of which 30 gms will go into landfill

Today we produced 2.18kgs of stuff, of which 21 gms will go into landfill

In addition, we celebrated a very special day in the middle of the week. On Wednesday, Little Miss green was eight and we invited you to give her a very special Birthday present.Β  One that money can’t buy.

Next week I’ll be having a rant about phonebooks and offering some solutions to opting out of junk mail. Look out for Thursday, because Thursdays are about to change for ever here at zero waste towers and I’m hoping you will join in with us!

I would like to interview some of you too! I want to have a rummage through your bins, find out more about you and find out what particular challenges you face.

If you fancy your fifteen minutes of cyber fame, then Contact me and I’ll tell you more about it. The point of this is that I can share what we do, within our household, but not everyone lives in the same way, has the same issues or has the same recycling facilities.

I want to share lots of helpful and positive ideas with our readers by doing some ‘fly-on-the-wall’ interviews with you. The focus of our site is always on the silver lining, on finding solutions and on the positive; so drop me a line and I’ll let you know how you can get involved. Don’t be shy or think that you will have nothing to say because I’ll hold your hand through the questions πŸ™‚

Do you live in a flat, have disabilities, lead a busy lifestyle, have a partner who thinks you’re mad every time you rescue a can from the bin (if they just think you are mad per se, then you probably need Relate, not me), have limited income, no car, a large family, no space, live in the middle of nowhere? … Whatever issues you face, I want to hear about them so that we can inspire other people in your situation to make small changes.

Have a great Sunday and I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. xxx


About the Author ()

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. Thnks for a very interesting week.

  2. Karin says:

    Hello Mrs Green, and thank you for dropping in to read my blog.

    I read your blog from time to time in order to be inspired to reduce what goes into our bin, but with a teenage (almost 20) son in the house who caters for himself with no thought for landfill it’ll be a while before we’re ready for zero waste. I must also admit I do occasionally buy something myself without thinking of the packaging. It takes a while to unlearn old habits, but you and Mrs Average keep reminding me of all the bad habits I need to change.

  3. I can’t wait for next week. Looks like it will be just what I need to cheer me up…I am so feeling the burden at the moment, but a very interesting one to explore. x

  4. DIz says:

    Hi, I’m trying to volunteer to let you look in my bin, but either it wont send the message, or I’ve sent it twice!

  5. Poppy says:

    You’re welcome to look in my bin Mrs G. It still hasn’t been emptied πŸ˜€ How many weeks is that now? I’ve lost track!

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @maisie dalziel: Hi Maisie – you’re welcome.

    @Karin: Hello Karin – lovely to see you here. I loved your blog and I’m glad you’re dropping in from time to time. I’m very envious of your great looking compost bins! I’m planning a triple system under our tree house; but best laid plans and all that πŸ˜€

    @Almost Mrs Average: Awwww, Mrs A; feeling it to be a burden to chuck stuff in the landfill is a good thing. Try and turn it around. Without your new awareness you would just be ‘one of those people’ who throws things away without a care. Now you are someone who not only cares deeply, but is inspiring others by your example.
    That’s worth smiling about πŸ™‚

    Diz and Poppy – thank you (I had two messages from you, Diz πŸ™‚ ) I’ll be in touch …

  7. Layla says:

    Karin, if your son doesn’t want to recycle – maybe this could work? (some tiny success with my Sis who has been horrible about this too!!)
    just tell him about it, why it’s important etc and that he can leave stuff on the counter for you to wash (I’ve fished a few tetrapaks out of the bin beforehand, and told sis I’d prefer to not do that, and that my PhD friend told me some better recycling procedures were now available for tetrapaks too (she asked if her hubby has some good computer programmes lol!), and she left the first one on the counter yesterday!! Wahoo!! :))
    Am also tempted to buy her a zero waste capuccino without the million satchets to try, maybe she’ll like it?! /taste is her #1 priority! & she basically never tasted a non-sachet one before!)
    So, the thing is to go slowly, figure out the rationales for their behaviour, and slowly progress.. πŸ™‚

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Good advice, Layla. When we started I just got the family to put everything on the worksurface for me to sort. Soon they started sorting things themselves and we were able to work more as a team. I appreciate that a 7 year old is quite a different matter to an older child, however; so I guess I was lucky.
    Having said that, LMG tends to throw everything in the fire box and I have to fish it out from there πŸ˜€

  9. Layla says:

    Thank you Mrs Green, it helps to know this !! πŸ™‚

    oh gosh, my Dad is a bit like LMG then!! πŸ™‚ I’ve fished out cellophane, plastics, etc.. sometimes I haven’t been quick enough though..

    We’re okay with tins and plastic bottles and paper I think.. It’s the darn food packaging plastics that make me worried.. Right now Mum & I are washing everything & putting some stuff in a small plastic container on the counter..
    The ‘guide’ says plastic bags go into the plastic recycling bin, & they do sort it out then, but I’m still puzzled.. (maybe overthinking it lol) I wish to only put there stuff that will actually be recycled..(?) otherwise, for me it has no sense.. still gathering strength to actually call someone about this.. lol omg, I’m such a chicken!!

    And Earth Day is looming closer, lol!! πŸ™‚

  10. Mrs Green says:

    In the grand scheme of things, the occasional crisp packet tossed onto a hot fire isn’t an issue; we have been caught out with plastics though and you soon know about it. πŸ™
    Maybe you’re get off your arse Thursday could be to find out the telephone numbers of the people you need to ring to find out for sure. I never said it had to be a big task πŸ™‚

  11. Carole Blake says:

    I have all three sons home with me this week, so I think they’ll be doing the recycling and I have them all WELL TRAINED!

  12. Mrs Green says:

    @Carole Blake: Oooo, I’m looking forward to hearing more about this, Carole! How old are your sons?

  13. Carole Blake says:

    @Mrs Green: Hi Mrs G,
    My eldest is 21 and is home from Exeter Uni for his Easter break. He’s doing physics (all Greek to me) Middle son is 19 and on a gap year before heading off to Plymouth Uni to do law/business. Youngest son spends half his time with his dad and half with me, he’s nearly 16 and about to take a whole clutch of GCSEs, and in Sep he will go to 6th form for his A Levels.

    The recycling is done, and today I’ve been painting my lounge ceiling, rubbing down all the woodwork, and sugarsoap washed all the walls ready for two coats of paint tomorrow! So much for Mothering Sunday!!!


  14. Mrs Green says:

    How is the decorating going, Carole?
    You have a great sounding family there – all busy doing their own thing, which is lovely for you.

  15. Carole Blake says:

    @Mrs Green: The decorating is nearly finished, just my window frame still to stain. I ended up at my fiance’s for the weekend, my first proper weekend off in the last month thanks to all this painting!

    (but we still did the recycling, re my post elsewhere, can’t remember exactly)

  16. Mrs Green says:

    Well done, Carole and I’m glad you had a weekend off; you’ve been so busy lately.

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