Another week, another waste audit. I have started weighing my trash (my last post was the first in what I hope will be a series). I don’t weigh my organic waste, which I use a Bokashi bin for, nor do I weight everything I recycle.
First things first, I was just reading ‘Love Food Hate Waste‘ and was surprised that they say the packaging your single cucumber in, preserves it better. Nonetheless, I know that Simply Being Mum and others have tried to avoid the wrapped cucumbers – seems pretty prevalent in the UK, but it’s not uncommon to find them in Australia. All sorts of packaging is ‘good’ for the food. And that we waste more food than we do packaging (‘we’ being the UK or England… but the point stands)
As I mentioned above, I won’t be weighing my ‘wet’ organic waste – it’s just a step more than I’m willing to get involved with! But it was ‘food for thought’ (oh, a dad joke, I’m sorry!)
So in this week’s total trash weighed in at 172g (last weigh in was 232g on 4 April). I was away on the weekend for a wedding, so there’s been less cooking at home than usual.
- Tissues – I might try soaking them in water, and burying them. Would be lovely to have my OWN garden to simplify this!
- Matches – like skewers last week, what’s the eco way to trash these?
- Food soiled paper – grease-proof paper and a cardboard crepe holder. These might be able to be composted/buried at a stretch?
- Ribbon off cuts – only the bits I cut to stop the ends from fraying. I’m sure this organza ribbon is essentially a plastic, but who knows now days?
- String – from a gift bag that was otherwise recyclable
- Alfoil – this, I now believe, is able to be put in the recycling bin. I usually use alfoil more than once before trashing, for a little extra eco credit
- Plastic cup – a restorative juice from the green grocer – no apparent recycling symbols
- Straw – from the juice above
- Plastic bags from food – this week there was ones from almond meal & the spice sachets (snipping the tops off to make the resealable bit work). Plastic bag and tray from savory biscuits
- Cling wrap – from half a pumpkin – they didn’t have whole ones on display and as it was, half was too much!
- Sponge – my Bokashi draining overflowed, and it’s a horrible smell, so I disposed of the relatively new sponge after mopping it up.
What are your thoughts on food waste vs food wrapping waste? I know some of my commenters are committed to a wasteless process with fresh produce, kudos to you. I suppose I could implement my food waste audit into this post (without weighing – that just seems too hard!)? As always, suggestions on limiting the waste listed will be gratefully appreciated.