There were nine commenters, of which one (Dan of Zen Presence) didn't actually want/need the book, so then there were eight.
All the names went on the back of an envelope, were torn and folded into tiny pieces, and one lucky winner was drawn at random.
Live and Learn please do email me your address and I'll post the book to you with great pleasure. I always enjoy a visit to Live and Learn's blog and the window onto daily life in her corner of the world, so far away from mine, that it gives, and if you ever bother to read the comments on my blog posts you'll know that L&L is a truly faithful commenter here (as well as several other blogs) and always takes the time to share an experience or a thoughtful insight.
That's the nice part of this blog post over with. Prepare to hold your noses as what comes next may be a bit smelly!
I told you here, that I was going to take part in Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Slim Your Bin project, which officially starts today, and I am true to my word, despite the rather unsavoury nature of the first assignment.
The initial task was to weigh a week's worth of domestic waste (not the recyclables) and analyse it.
|A week's waste at Everyday Life On A Shoestring|
I had been intending to get a blog post about this written over the weekend, but as you can imagine, there were a million other things to do (like building snowmen and throwing snowballs!) that somehow seemed much more appealing than ferreting about at the bottom of our bin.
However I forced myself to do it this evening, and it was an edifying exercise. The photo above is our non-recyclable waste for the week, removed from our kitchen bin. It doesn't include bathroom waste, as Husband disposed of it this week before I could get to it, but most of that was recyclable anyway (cardboard toilet roll tubes, empty plastic mouthwash bottle etc).
|Some of the many empty packets of stuff we ate this week.|
There's not much waste (under a kilo) in terms of mass, and it doesn't take up much room, but actually there's loads. Mostly it was loads and loads and LOADS of plastic food packaging! Frozen raspberries, chicken, potatoes, oven chips, cheese, biscuits, nuts, muesli, chocolate, bananas, ham and more. We ate it all. The healthy stuff and the not so healthy stuff.
I will be really interested to hear about how, short of not eating, we can reduce some of that kind of waste. Just sifting through it has given me a few ideas; for instance there's really no need to buy pre-packed bananas. They could be purchased loose without a bag, and we could invest in a big paper sack of potatoes, rather than smaller amounts in plastic bags, which would probably save us money too. If I got really clever, I could make my own reusable bags to buy fruit and veg in. I'm sure there must be plenty of other things we could do.
My rummage through the bin also revealed that I'm pretty ignorant about what some of the recyclable symbols actually mean. The one above, is on some thin plastic, but I have no idea where I could recycle it locally. I'm hoping that participating in the project will clarify the complex plastics recycling issue for me.
Apart from recycling, how do you minimise your domestic waste (especially food packaging)?