Food waste Friday and weekly weigh in year 1, week 2

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Little Miss Green saves us from food waste

Little Miss Green saves us from food waste

Another hedonistic week of rubbishy musings has passed, here at zero waste towers and it’s time bare all in our bin. Food waste this week was saved by Little Miss Green, who, for the sake of her nation and planet ate leftover cold baked beans on toast. What a girl. What an Eco Warrior! Would I have done it? Absolutely freakin’ not.

Thanks to her we have no food waste – yay!

However, our bin is looking a little more rotund this week. For the lorry compactors jaws we have:

  • 5 dried fruit bags (now I know why Little Miss Green complained of a ‘bad poo’ last night)
  • 4 cereal bar wrappers
  • 1 biro
  • 2 oatcake wrappers
  • 1 lentils bag
  • 3 crisp packets
  • 1 pasta bag
  • 2 cheese wrappings
  • 2 odd bits of cable plastic from Mr Green’s latest DIY project

All in all it weighs 73 grams. Not as good as last week, but still within our less-than-100gms weekly target. Mr Green has been eating salad a-plenty from the garden, which has reduced some waste and a lot of food waste for us, but now he’s gone onto fancy cheeses to pep up his new diet, which is generating different packaging waste. With it being colder this week, he’s needed more cheese to keep him warm as he has switched to a predominantly raw diet.

He has, however shifted some waist of his own and dropped an incredible 7lbs in two weeks of his new eating habits. So the bin may be looking more buxom, but he’s not!

Congratulations Mr G; less to cuddle maybe, but with improved energy and a body like a God; who cares 😉

How did you get on with your landfill rubbish and food waste this week? If you blog about your food waste, don’t forget to head over to The Frugal Girl to post up your results!

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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. Charity says:

    My kids prefer their baked beans cold, strange creatures.

    Food waste is such a big problem in my house :(. The kids (4 and 1) are too young to be as helpful as LMG, and are very unpredictable in what and how much they will eat. Plus the little one is going through a throwing phase…

  2. greenlady42 says:

    I actually like cold baked beans 😛 ( beside the toast please, not on ! ) and apparently, so does my mum ! I only found that out the other year, I was quite shocked, are food preferences hereditary ?? 😀

  3. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Cool food in summer weather is enjoyable, with salad being a particular favourite.

    The 73g is well within limits and 100g is a reasonable figure for an experienced family’s Zero Waste effort. Larger families can also choose a higher figure. The real test is the percentage reduction in waste to landfill over the year, or whatever period is chosen. 52, or 26, down to 1 is some reduction.

    The herring season is under way and pickled herring is ace. The problem is vinegar, with bottled malt vinegar having, plastic cap and seal and an inner plastic dropper. As suggested by Maisie, I will look out white vinegar from other sources eg Ecover. My refillable washing liquid container is on its last litre so an early visit to Entrading might also solve the herring Zero Waste problem.

  4. Poppy says:

    Hi Mrs G

    Still no food waste here. We are currently tackling our freezer and delving into the depths to find all the deep frozen discarded impulse purchases……sounds grand doesn’t it? Ha ha! Sausages anyone? Looks as though we’re going to be on a sausage diet for at least a week!! 😀 😀

  5. Angela says:

    Little Miss Green reminds me of my husband- he’s so much better at eating “unappetizing” food than I am!

    Also, the beans on rice reminds me of a story…
    During the riots in Los Angeles (1992, after the Rodney King beatings), everyone raided the supermarkets. On the news, there was a woman who complained that all the meat was gone. She said, and I quote, ‘what am I supposed to feed my kids? Beans on toast?” That was the extent of what she could imagine eating if meat was unavailable. I think it’s a big part of the problem of wasted food, obesity, poor nutrition, etc. People don’t know how to shop and eat. It should be taught in school.

    Thanks for your awesome blog!

  6. Alea says:

    Your picture looks very appetizing; quite unusual for a food waste post! Great job all around Green Family!

  7. sandy says:

    We too are clearing our freezer, so lamb stew, and bacon for breakfast seems good, so long as we dont have another heat wave we should be ok. trying to clear the freezer as number two son is having our freezer.

  8. Mrs. Green, you crack me up with your talk of your husband. lol My husband would die of embarrassment if I mentioned on my blog that he had the body of a god.

  9. Mrs Green says:

    @Charity: Hi Charity, 4 and 1 is a difficult age for you to deal with. You just have to do your best and as your children grow older, things will get easier. Maybe you need a dog LOL!

    @greenlady42: OOoo, greenlady; cold beans. My Grandmother used to eat them too; from the tin as well as cold tomato soup. It has definitely skipped a couple of generations; I like my food to be hot!

    @John Costigane: Did you have any luck with bulk buying zero waste vinegar, John?

    @Poppy: Hopefully the sausage mountain has been used up now, Poppy. I think I might combine ransacking the freezer with next week’s Recycle pledge; then we can have a grand defrosting at the end of the week!

    @Angela: Hi Angela, lovely to see you and what a great quote! Alas, we have forgotten the skills of nutrition – I’m quite sure some decent brand beans on organic toast is a far healthier meal than much of the meat we can buy nowadays!

    @Alea: Hi Alea, how did you get on this week? I loved reading about your adventures last week.

    @sandy: How has the freezer clear out gone, Sandy? Did you create some interesting meals?

    @[email protected] Frugal Girl: 😀 Mr Green is a leo, so he probably is very happy that I tell the world I adore him LOL!

  10. Charity says:

    @Mrs Green:

    A dog would be perfect, but my 3 cats would leave home! They do take care of leftover fish fingers, at least.

  11. Mrs Green says:

    @Charity: 😀 very cute – fish fingers; I guess my cat would love those too.

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