Weekly weigh in 48

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weigh-in-47You might remember that last week’s weigh in, was in fact seven weeks worth of rubbish.

I was a little unsure about the results, as we only created just over 20 grams per week. My feeling was that some things had found their way into the fire.

Not able to contain my possible guilt a moment longer, I put the landfill box infront of the fire for this week. I almost strapped it to the door, but as the landfill box is plastic I thought better of it.

There our trusty box sat for a week, mouth open wide, ready to receive our weekly offering of waste. In the bin this week we have:

3 crisp bags
4 dried fruit bags
1 hard plastic shell from new toothbrush
1 cheese wrapper (our local shop no longer sells a decent cheese that we can buy naked)
1 cellophane pack from washing up sponges (yes I do need them – I burn a lot of things)
1 film from convenience meal
1 chicken dippers bag
1 salad bag
2 cellophane bread bags (sigh)
1 carrots bag – the organic ones in lidls come ready wrapped.
1 lentils bag

All in all it weighs a bantam weight 66 grams. Still far below our chosen weekly target of 100 grams I’m pleased to say, but well above the average of 20 grams per week as indicated last week!

Now we’re on a bit of a cleaning and decluttering mission here at zero waste towers, so all may not be as well by next week.

How about you? how’s the rubbish taking shape in your home? Any landfill sins to rid your conscience of? Tell all below!

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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. Sal says:

    seeing you with the crisp bag reminded me, in my sons eco recycling gift book, they use large crisp bags washed and dried , turned inside out, top turned in neatly as gift bags, tie a ribbon around the top to scrunch it in and voila a silver gift bag.

  2. You’re still doing brilliantly

  3. John Costigane says:

    Mrs Green, 66g is a fine effort. A clear out now and again is necessary. My collection of plastic caps will be addressed at the end of the first quarter of my second year. These could be recycled, with difficulty, but I want to reduce their use to the minimum possible.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Sal: That sounds so pretty Sal – thank you for the idea. They’d made good party bags too 🙂 Perhaps I should go and get this one out of the bin!

    Thank you Maisie and John – next weeks is looking pretty terrifying already and I’ve only done a couple of cupboards!

  5. Layla says:

    Well done, Mrs Green!!

    66g is still quite little!

    & It’s good to put the bin in front of the fire! – those cellophane wrappers are so tempting for my Dad to burn too!! ugh..

    We’re trying to avoid even the cellophane & such, not so easy…

    We’ve now sourced organic dry fruit one can buy with own packaging, so hopefully we’ll shop 1x a month there & avoid the cellophane!

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Layla: Hi Layla, I’ve been enjoying catching up with your blog this week. Funny about the cellphone wrappers ending up on the fire; I’m sure that is happening here as well LOL! Dried fruit without plastic sounds fab – organic too. I can buy dried fruit naked, but have to forgo the organic part, sadly.
    I dehydrate my own however, when I remember and that comes without packaging and costs less too!
    What fruit are you able to buy in this way?

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