This morning we paused from shopping for a latte and an almond croissant. Mmm! The latte came with a couple of paper sachets of brown sugar and one of those annoying plastic stirrers. I didn't require either. Does that make it my waste? I suppose I could have brought the stirrer home and found some use for it but I suspected it would only end up languishing in a drawer, so I left it on the table. I can understand cafes not wishing to use proper spoons for fear of them being nicked, but there must be a better alternative to plastic. I've seen wooden stirrers but unless they're composted I guess they end up in a landfill too.
No one felt much like cooking this evening so we resorted to a ready meal - an M&S steak pie. However, even here there was no waste, as both the cardboard box and the foil tray will be recycled. I try to avoid ready meals, for economic as well as environmental reasons, but it's good to have a list of waste free options for when you need one.
So, if I don't count the stirrer, it was another successful day. Only one more to go!
PS I did try the baking soda to brush my teeth the other day. It was a bit salty but otherwise not unpleasant. My friend, Mrs A of The Rubbish Diet, has suggested the Aquafresh aluminium pump dispenser which I should be able to dispose of in my black box.