Sunday, 5 October 2008

Day 27

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.

1 comment:

Mrs Green said...

well done on another brilliant day. Like you, I try not to buy convenience foods, but it is good to point out the zero waste alternatives for such times when the 'can't be bothered to cook' monster strikes.

Good luck for today - your final day! Has this week passed quickly for you?

Mrs G x