If anyone has been in my presence for at least 5 minutes, they will know that I have become obsessed with waste.
On the 21 July I got rid of the bin in our kitchen and replaced it with a glass jar. If something can’t be reused, recycled or composted, it goes into our waste jar, and stares at you, a strong reminder of shopping choices. We had a weekend away where we slipped up a bit, but otherwise I can honestly say thing have been pretty strict, just ask my poor husband. Shame.
This is the system in our house at the moment. It gets tweaked and improved as we go along …
So this is our new kitchen bin, anything in here would have ended up in landfill. Below is our Waste Jar with our waste from 21 July to 21 August.
As Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home puts it – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot – only in that order.
Once you get into it – it is just obvious and you don’t even notice you are doing it. I very seldom go far without a cotton shopping bag, plastic ziploc bag, spoon, stainless straw and takeaway mug/jar in my handbag. I try remember to take my own tub for takeaway too. Real conversation starters at the takeaway counters and I don’t have to hunt around for a bin, if I have something recyclable, I just fold it up, put it in my bag and take it home. Easy Smeasy.
Just ask your self, when you throw it away, where are you throwing it away to?