Today's bin contains:
- 2 x plastic wrappers from some carrots
- a seal from a Tate & Lyle's tin of golden syrup
- an empty Sainsbury's tomato puree tube
- a plastic bag from Sainsbury's light soft brown sugar
- 2 x plastic sachets from 2 fairtrade teabags we were given somewhere/sometime and which I was using up
- a little plastic tag from a recently purchased item of clothing
- a piece of broken plastic clothes peg
- an old twisty that's too short to be of any use
- a plastic seal from a carton of Tesco's soured cream
Tubes are a problem. I could switch to tins for tomato puree but they don't keep as well, though I suppose I could get round that by freezing the puree in ice cube trays.
Plastic seals around lids are annoying. I know they are designed to prevent tampering. However if that's your game there must surely be easier ways to do so then opening a lid, contaminating the contents and replacing the lid!
Freebies are hard to refuse but are often wasteful of resources. So I'm going to have to learn to politely decline.
I tried wooden clothes pegs but they deteriorated in the rain and left marks on my clothes.
Anyway, today marks the end of my first week. I'm reasonably pleased with my progress. I haven't hit zero waste - even for a day - but I have increased my awareness of what I consume and what I throw away, which is a good start.
Before I sign off for the day I would like to acknowledge the friends who have set me on this zero waste journey. It all started in March of this year when the Observer published its list of the world's 50 most powerful blogs, including (at no 34) Bean Sprouts. I popped in and met Melanie Rimmer who got me thinking about waste. She directed me to Almost Mrs Average and her Rubbish Diet, who in turn pointed me towards Mrs Green and My Zero Waste. I was amazed by their passion for recycling (amongst a host of other interests) and inspired to give it a go myself. So when I discovered, via the Pigeon, that Bristol was to run its own Zero Waste Challenge Week - well there was no excuse.
If you've dropped in and would like to give it a go you couldn't find three better mentors. Click on the links above or on the left sidebar to meet them for yourself.