September is often a time for new beginnings. There is that back to school (or work) feeling after the summer holidays are over. It’s a great time to set new goals and with Zero Waste Week starting on Monday, why not let it kick start you on a journey to less waste!
September is also a good time to start preparing for Christmas and the prints of my drawings that I am selling in my new Etsy shop which are printed on bamboo paper and shipped out in recycled and/or recyclable packaging would make a really great Christmas gift hint, hint, nudge, nudge 🙂 You can check out my shop here: Zoe’s Zen Art Etsy Shop. If you would like something more customised to your requirements feel free to get in touch with me here to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also don’t forget for every print sold before the end of September 2017 I will donate £2 to Zero Waste Week.
Last week over in the Reduce your food waste Facebook group we prepared for Zero Waste Week by keeping a food waste diary. The idea was to see if there were any particular problem areas that needed dealing with. My food waste for the week included some bananas and milk which I had tried to rescue by blending together, but then realised I had ruined the bananas because the milk was too far out of date and I wasn’t happy to use it. One son managed to some spill oats and milk on the floor making his breakfast, my other son sneaked a potato skin into the compost when I wasn’t looking and I burnt a small amount of popcorn. Other than that, the things that went in the compost weren’t edible (or they were things I wouldn’t usually eat) e.g. avocado peel, banana peel and pepper innards, so we didn’t do too badly.
This week in the food waste group – join here: Reduce your food waste Facebook group we are going to try and get as close to zero food waste as possible. Come and join us! I will be posting each day in the group to see how everyone did and so that we can share our food waste avoidance tips with each other.
You might not think keeping a food waste diary for one week would have much of an effect on you. However, I found that doing my first food waste diary a few years ago, really changed the way I thought about food in my kitchen. Now I hardly waste anything and we have saved ourselves so much money reducing our food waste!
Also don’t forget to sign up to Zero Waste Week itself to get all the zero waste week new, challenges and tips! Sign up here: Zero Waste Week
Good luck with reducing your waste – I hope it goes well!