I have completed my two week Zero Waste challenge, this is what I am sending to landfill this week. There are two bags of frozen vegetabes that came from a clandestine rubbish bag that appeared in a corner of the kitchen. From that bag I rescued a plastic disposable cup and the bag itself which was a bit dirty from a plant I was given as a present, so I washed it and hung it on the washing line to dry. Apart from the vegetable bags I am satisfied that I have achieved my goal of reducing the rubbish in my home to almost nothing. I didn’t have to put my black bin out this week!
This week I am sending the following to landfill:
- Two frozen vegetable bags.
- Some plastic film – I can’t remember where it came from
- Cellotape- someone sent me a letter in a paper envelope and put cellotape in a criss-cross on the back of the envelope.
- The plastic from a Veet wax strip- I hope to eliminate these if I get the hang of sugaring.
- The plastic from another Huggies Bed Mat that I had forgotten about.
- Plastic seals from bicarbonate of soda and baking soda containers, I bought these knowing that a little bit of plastic film was going to save me a lot in the long run as I would be using these for baking and toiletries.
- A used tea-light, cotton buds and a plastic seal from a bottle which I found under my bed when I was cleaning the floor.
How My Life Has Changed So Far
The two week challenge may be over but my house has not seen the last of Zero Waste. It has been such a positive and empowering experience that I am going to continue in my endeavour not to send rubbish to landfill. A whole new world has opened up to me now that I am conscious of waste and I do not want to go back to the dark days.
- I now shop differently, I choose different products that I didn’t notice before, I read the recycling information on the packaging and I am discovering new places to shop.
- I am baking my own cakes at home which has multiple advantages: it keeps the children entertained, the house smells great and the oven heats the kitchen.
- I have been given a spinach plant and hope to start a vegetable patch, in the meantime I am buying seasonable vegetables from White Oaks organic farm.
- I am composting my kitchen scraps along with grass cuttings from the garden.
- I am learning to make my own toiletries and have switched to using the Mooncup.