Food waste Friday and Weekly weigh in year 1 week 20

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Rather a weighty landfill for this week's weigh in

Rather a weighty landfill for this week's weigh in

I’m pleased to say there is no food waste this week; just as well as we are taking part in the South West Love Food Hate Waste challenge week.

I’m especially pleased because Little Miss green insisted on getting her own meals on one day. She chose to cook pasta which meant estimating the amount she would eat. I told her she had put rather a lot in the pan, but she continued and ended up with a hearty appetite and clean plate – well done that girl!

We’re off to one of the road shows today to see what advice our council are giving out to people about reducing food waste.

The landfill bin doesn’t look too bad in terms of quantity. Nestling in the box this week we have:

  • 2 pens and tops
  • 2 plastic curry trays and lids (different make to usual and non recyclable plastic)
  • 1  cheese wrapper
  • old razor blade and packaging
  • sticky plastic label from bottle of water
  • lid from cream pot
  • clingfilm from cheese
  • plastic from pizza – I always say no, but Mr G said yes!
  • dirty plastic bag
  • plastic tag from something bought in charity shop
  • brittle plastic wrap from Mr G’s new shaver
  • essential oil top
  • plastic from old cheese grater

All in all it weighs 141 gms, which isn’t too bad as there are a few items in there which are one offs or at least not in there very often. Unfortunately, it’s over our target weight of 100gms per week, but the plastic from the cheese grater alone weighs 58gms.

Mind you, I did have a moment of genius for a Doctors and nurses game – what do you think? All it takes is a broken cheese grater, a piece of sticky plastic and a cream pot lid!!


How about you – are you reducing your weekly landfill waste or has the weight started to creep back on?


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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. Alea says:

    I love the stethescope! It remeinds me of some of the things my sister and I used to make for our games as a child.

  2. Poppy says:

    I haven’t been weighing for some time, but if it all fits into an old bread bag, I’m happy 😀

    I have do however, have a problem this week that I’m struggling with and if I can’t find an answer, it’s going to have to be landfill 🙁 It’s a dead hot water bottle. The bottle itself is fine, but the lid/top whatever, just isn’t doing the job. 🙁 Any ideas?

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Alea: My inner child is obviously still alive and kicking! I remember making a mouse house from all sorts of things when I was a child – I loved that thing!

    @Poppy: A bread bag – wow Poppy, that’s incredible! Well done you! As for the hot water bottle – do you have elderly friends or relative who find it hard to grip things? Perhaps you could make some of those rubber grippers to help them get the lids off jars by cutting up the old bottle?

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