Sunday Roundup

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Our favourite Birthday girl tucking into home made chocolate cake

Our favourite Birthday girl tucking into home made chocolate cake

It’s that time of week again to share all our ways of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting our way to a zero waste future.

Thanks for all the Birthday Wishes for little Miss Green; she had a three day extravaganza – here at home on her actual Birthday, followed by a day out being spoilt by Grandma and Granddad Green, before ending her week with a party and barbecue for friends.

Zero waste mini sweetcorn

We began the week with some great news as far as Little Miss Green was concerned. One of her favourite things to munch is mini sweetcorn. Alas it comes on plastic trays wrapped in clingfilm, but we’ve found a solution to zero waste mini sweetcorn.

Deli delights

We’ve found another local shop who are happy to sell us all kinds of deli-cacies in our own reusable containers. Have a peek at where we shopped and what we bought san plastic waste this week.

Custard without the packaging

I needed your help this week to make successful home made custard. So many of you gave your suggestions for a zero waste trifle to help celebrate LMG’s Birthday. Take a look at your favourite recipes.

Why we should recycle

Our guest post was from Sandra this week who wanted to explore what might happen if we don’t recycle. Have a read of her thoughts and share yours too.

Make money and reduce landfill

This week, along with all the other items I found in my wardrobe declutter, I found an old mobile phone. Luckily I’ve found a way to recycle it, and I can make some cash for myself too!

Mountains of food waste

We’ve had virtually no food waste for weeks now, but I certainly made up for it this week – we tossed chicken, cooked vegetables and all sorts of other food due to ill health. Fortunately we have ways of keeping it out of the landfill, but the whole idea of food waste isn’t good.

Next week you’ll be introduced to another zero waste family in Gloucestershire who we have taken under our wing (not that they need it, they seem to be flying by themselves already!), we have a guest post from MP, Dan Norris; who looks amazingly like John Travolta and we’ll be announcing National Butchers Week, where there will be an opportunity for you to vote for your local butcher based on their ‘green’ credentials.

Alas YouTube wasn’t connecting when I wrote this post, so there is no video entertainment for you this week. You’ll just have to have a piece of cyber Birthday cake instead!

About the Author ()

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. Jane says:

    Well more birthday wishes for Little Miss Green from here and what a yummy looking cake – I was just thinking about making a lemon drizzle cake – and definitely will now. I took the time while ill to look at the Lemsip packaging…hmmm cough cough. No recycling instructions as far as I can see not even on the cardboard…

  2. John Costigane says:

    Home baking is ace and chocolate/coffee combinations are a personal favourite. The birthday cake looks and tastes perfect, the latter inferred from LMGs picture.

    Coverage of the local butcher world is worthwhile since there is a good fit with Zero Waste when containers are readily accepted. There is also a bigger range of cuts, including cheaper cuts which are useful for tight budgets. Liver and tripe are 2 such choices with others untried so far. Following Maisie’s slow-cooking tip, liver has a good texture, much better than rock hard alternatives I have experienced otherwise. Tripe is a bigger challenge, affirmed by Saturday’s dinner. The texture is best described as slippery or slithery, a more off-putting choice of word. It has been panned elsewhere on the internet by some over-the-top comment but I find it acceptable.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Jane: Yum, lemon drizzle cake; a firm favourite here. Hope you are feeling better now.

    @John Costigane: Glad you’re finding success with the different cuts of meat, John, Although buying from a butcher might be more ‘expensive’ than a supermarket, the quality is superior and we find no food waste because it lasts longer.

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