Food waste Friday and weekly weigh in year one week 23

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Our landfill waste for this week

Our landfill waste for this week

We had a bit of food waste this week, but Mr Green had bravely got rid of it before I got the camera out.

There was no excuse for it at all, it was just one of those things that got pushed to the back of the ‘fridge.

However, there was even less excuse for this really because I’d figured that things get pushed to the back of the fridge, so I’ve started using see-through containers.

Alas, some evaporated milk sat in its see-through container until fate took over, I thought on several occasions “I must use that up tomorrow” but to coin a phrase; “tomorrow never came”.

Mould did arrive though; in force, so the evaporated milk was dumped down the sink…

There is better news with our weigh in. We’re a bunch of light weights this morning with only the following in our landfill bin:

  • cellophane wrap from tissues – I’m still not from the cotton handkerchief brigade, and I doubt I ever will be
  • cellophane wrap from a toy on front of a magazine
  • large crisp bag
  • 2 cereal bar and 1 licorice bar wrapper
  • plastic wrapping from last week’s Sunday roast meat. Little Miss Green put in a request for lamb and the only way we could get some at short notice was plastic wrapped.

All in all it weighs a  very healthy 34 grammes.

How did you get on this week? Remember, if you blog about food waste, head over to Kristen’s Frugal Girl and tell her how much you wasted!

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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. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    An excellent total again for the family effort. There is a lull before the Festive Season to enjoy care-free waste avoidance before the deluge. I looked around ASDA this morning, bought 2 TetraPaK juices, always checking the label, and looked over the various large card drums for sweets. There are quite few, with the odd one holding plastic packs inside. Plastic cap and seal are the only other packaging.

    My total this week included an empty toothpaste tube, which lasted about 18 weeks, various lightweight labels,scrap items, and an old commodity bag, of unknown usage. This last holds all the quarter’s waste so far and should be able to hold the next quarter’s. Like your own regular clear-outs, next quarter I intend to remove 3-4 oz waste, to aim for 8oz for the whole year.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: Thanks John; we’re really pleased. Your waste, as ever, is an excellent total for many to follow. Well done! I have a journalist calling this morning for our story; so I’m hoping for some good media coverage as the pressure builds towards the end of the year 😉

  3. LJayne says:

    That’s great Mrs G! I’m enjoying finding just how much plastic waste IS 4 which I can give to Mr Sainsbury via his in-store bins.

    I too was in Asda this morning buying sweets for stockings. You can’t always look inside unfortunately but both of the ones I bought for my oldest 2 were cardboard on the outside and can either be recycled or reused for craft. Hopefully the inners won’t be toooooo bad.

    Buying new knickers for dd wasn’t quite so successful as they come in plastic wrapping *sigh*. You give with one hand and get it taken away with the other!

  4. Poppy says:


    I’ve just finished reading a book called Crap At The Environment by Mark Watkins. In it, he and his followers talk about and follow what end up as weekly challenges. One of the challenges was to not buy anything plastic. He was doing so well, even went to the dentist to buy a toothbrush without packaging, but totally forgot that the brush itself is made from plastic! Oooops!

    If you have a Facebook account, he or rather the book. is on there.
    It’s great to see how others are getting on with the challenges and such things as totally doing without plastic, really make you stop and think. It’s hard!!

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @LJayne: Hi Lesley – what make were the sweets? I think we need to start a hall of fame before Christmas arrives! Buying underwear is nearly impossible without plastic packaging I find. I wonder if anyone else has ideas. That sort of packaging might be ideal to leave at the checkout 😉

    @Poppy: Poppy, I got that book out of the library after your recommendation – am really enjoying it! Thanks for the suggestion

  6. Mrs G…you are simply amazing x

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @Almost Mrs Average: Why thank you ma’am; you’re pretty amazing yourself 😀

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