Weekly weigh in, year 1, week 10

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Weekly weigh in; just 46 gms of landfill

Weekly weigh in; just 46 gms of landfill

We’ve had another great week here at zero waste towers.

With my major decluttering mission seems to be a reduction in our landfill waste.

Often a declutter can add to household rubbish, but not this time.

This week I’ve moved from the kitchen to my study, which means the ‘waste’ is mainly paperwork. This gets shredded and either burned or put in the compost heap.

Mr Green is heavily involved with his LED lighting project. This week he’s been making control circuitry for the solar power electrical feed and we’ve had lots of parcels in the post of various components for his work.

So far its been so good with packaging; everything has come in reusable jiffy bags and there has been little plastic waste.

In addition, we’re almost through with decorating Little Miss Green’s bedroom. I’ve ordered a few things online and goodness knows what packaging we will find there. As it’s a postal order and not a shop order I can’t exactly leave the packaging at the checkout.

So on to this week’s weigh in:

  • 1 ryvita pack
  • 1 large crisp bag
  • 1 pack chocolate raisins
  • 1 licorice bar packet
  • 1 plastic straw
  • assorted pieces of scrap wiring from LEDs project
  • 1 cheese pack
  • 1 plastic hook from packaging

All in all it weighs a celebratory 46 grams!

That’s our second week of maintaining a target well under our 100 gms per week goal.

It’s still very hit and miss as to whether we will manage a full year without having to put the bin out, but I’m feeling more confident over the past fortnight.

Little Miss Green is currently celebrating our achievement with some chips from the local chip shop – a lovely zero waste meal wrapped in paper!

What about you? How is your landfill waste this week?

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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. Layla says:

    Congratulations for the weekly weigh-in!! 🙂

    We’ve done some de-cluttering too, have ‘saved’ some things to be art/craft supplies, not sure what to do with them though! 🙂

    Some things had to be thrown away, like Dad’s smelly moldy water-leaking old shoes! (Had no idea what to make with those!!)

  2. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Well below target again with the family all contributing is an excellent example for others. For Zero Waste such unity of purpose is ideal. My weeks waste is so minute that it will be collected until there is a weighable amount later.

    My recent use of a previous weigh house, now part of another retailer, has given me more Zero Waste options. Coffee granules, salt, sultanas were on sale in special lidded buckets with dispenser. Hopefully, I can persuade the owner to expand into the coconut sphere. This would be ace for my baking and for desserts. My late mother and I used to shop at this previous weigh house years ago and it is amazing how this location is now seen in a new light, as a Zero Waste Alternative.

    The potential waste packaging that arises with any new activity, like the Solar/LED fixtures Mr Green is developing, is a standard outcome with my recent gardening effort much the same. The value of these events is that our waste packaging experience is broadening. Zero Waste will be a factor in all activities so that when our mainly everyday retail packaging coverage is fully sustainable, other areas will emerge for attention.

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