OK, it’s official, not only am I the world’s worst blogger, having not blogged for several weeks, I am also the world’s worst Zero Waste Week Blog Ambassador.
The fabulous Rachelle (of My Zero Waste fame) who is the brains and driving force behind Zero Waste Week, asked me a while ago if I would consider being a Zero Waste Ambassador. I said an enthusiastic “YES!”, and then in a rash of over-ambitousness (not sure that is a word..) I declared that my Zero Waste Week pledge was to actually have a Zero Waste Week. Totally forgetting that SmallSmall is still in nappies at night-time (yes, I know. We used reusables during the day for both Smalls, but couldn’t get on with them at night). So a big fat fail before we’ve even started.
What I should have done, is lots of prep, and got a mini series of informative and thought provoking Zero Waste Week posts lined up for you; and put some time and thought before Zero Waste Week started, into where and why our waste happens, and then taken steps to minimise/eradicate that for the week.
I have done none of that.
I have battled to keep my head above water, and maintain both my sanity and a calm exterior (some of the time anyway) during the Summer holidays. I seem to have run out of headspace for blogging and for any kind of forward planning.
Soooo, huge apologies to Rachelle and the rest of the awesome team of Blog Ambassadors. I feel like I am letting the side down in a very big way.
I think the best I can hope for this week, is that I will document what we do end up throwing away, and then try and research alternatives/what I could have done differently, and we can all learn together….
Here is the Sin Bin for today….
1) Our kitchen bin, freshly emptied
2) It was going kind of ok, until the post arrived. My “almost but not quite zero waste solution” to these is to tear out the cellophane window bit, and then recycle the paper. The only flaw to that is that I am obviously left with the window to go in the bin. Anyone got any suggestions?
3) Then the Smalls got bored and it was raining.
On a very looooong car journey without hubby, but with two very loudly bickering Smalls in the back, I pulled over at a service station, and in desperation, and in need of the bickering to stop, I offered to buy them both a magazine each. I never get them magazines, primarily because of the plastic crap that accompanies them on the front cover. BigSmall decided to go for a Mr Maker magazine, which seemed like a pretty good choice in terms of the amount of crap that was on the front. Until we opened the cardboard box, to make some things to fill a rainy afternoon, and found lots of plastic.
Does anyone else have this frustration with kids and crafting? They make stuff, out of non recyclable things, and then you are left with their delightful creation, that has to be consigned to the bin, after the required time period for admiring it. It’s the same when visiting the Scrapstore. I love the Scrapstore, and the work they do to promote re-use and recycling, but at the end of the day, most of the stuff they have there, is there because it can’t be recycled. It still ends up in landfill, just a little more glue-laden, and mangled together with other bits, after Small people have finished ‘creating’.
OK, rant over.
4) Then it was tea-time. And I had grabbed some bacon out of the freezer this morning. And yes, it is wrapped in plastic. I really do need to pluck up the courage to go ‘naked shopping’. Rest assured that this just means taking your own tupperware with you to avoid packaging, not actual naked shopping. That would be truly dreadful.
5) And I used a chicken stock cube. I try to buy the lo-salt, organic ones, and they come wrapped in this funny pseudo-foil/paper wrapper, which I am guessing is not recyclable.
For veg stock I use the tubs of Bouillon powder, which is better I guess than these (although the tubs are those funny cardboard/metal lined things that again, I don’t think are recyclable.
I know the purists answer would probably be that I should make my own stock and freeze it. And I would love to, but most of the time it’s just not practical.
OK, so that’s my confession for today.
Any suggestions/ideas/tips would be wonderful 🙂
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