What a shock and a plan of action!

I decided to go on a spontaneous litter pick recently in my local area after finding someone had shoved a large empty plastic bottle in my hedge and although it did a good job of inspiring me I was pretty unimpressed about finding it there. I couldn’t understand why someone would think it was ok
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How did I do it?

Recently I held a zero waste (well very nearly zero) birthday party for my son and if you are interested in finding out exactly how much I chucked in the bin and the challenges I faced you can read more here. I didn’t say how I kept the waste so low in that blog post though,
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Why reducing rubbish has become so important to me!

In case you are wondering how reducing rubbish became a high priority in my life (see my recent blog post about rubbish here), well I have to be honest when I started out on my eco-conscious journey reducing rubbish wasn’t at the top of my priority list. Saving money in eco-friendly ways was my mission. However
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A month of the Rubbish Diet!

My eco challenge for this month was to slim my bin (i.e. throw less away) by undertaking The Rubbish Diet.  I received four emails over the month and was quite pleased to see I was already doing most of the things they suggested.  We aren’t throwing much away, only needing to put our bin out
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I’ve decided to give it away!

Well Zero Waste Week came and went and in all honestly there wasn’t much zero about the waste in our household.  Meals were thrown on the floor, food went off and some of my experiments of making food I don’t usually cook didn’t work out that well e.g gluten free pizza and lentil burgers.  Some did
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What a lovely way to start the day and more on Zero Waste Week!

My parents moved house last year and when they left they dug up their fig tree and gave it to us.  My wonderful husband planted it in our garden and today for the first time I ate not one but two home grown figs!  Such a great way to start the day! In other news,
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What does it really mean to waste food?

Today was the start of National Zero Waste Week – the week where this year the plan is to waste no food! Well I didn’t do a particularly good job of that today.  It started off with some milk that had gone off, progressed to me cutting open an under ripe plum, then went on to involve
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Food waste prevention diary days 5,6&7, and an out of date meal plan!

I’m starting to recognise patterns with the food waste this week and have also started to lose track of the specific wastage.  So I haven’t really kept a proper food waste diary for these days (and day 7 isn’t quite over yet). Most days we have  left over breakfast, sandwiches and a little left over
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Food Waste Diary Day 4 and preparing for Zero Waste!

Yesterday we again had a little of the kids breakfast porridge go to waste, some sandwich crusts and some rice cakes.  Younger son walked off with the rice cakes, threw them on the floor and trod on them… He doesn’t quite get the whole zero waste thing! I have been thinking about next week though
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Food waste diary day 3 and preserving berries!

Well we had a very low food waste day yesterday.  There were only two of us at home during the day though so that did make things easier. There was no waste at breakfast, no waste at lunch and no waste at dinner – hooray! There was a problem with some blackberries in the fridge
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