If you are unaware of Zero Waste Week, or wonder what it is, here is a run down of the week...
Zero Waste Week is dedicated to raising awareness of waste that goes into landfill and ultimately reducing household waste. This years theme is "One More Thing" this is to make you think "what one more thing can I do?" it is the little changes that we all make which will make the big difference. We all need to do our bit to protect the planet, reduce waste, increase recycling and save money doing so!
So, what pledges can be made? What can you do during Zero Waste Week? Here are a few ideas...
- Stop using plastic carrier bags and replace them with reusable bags
- Recycle all of you recyclable waste
- Stop wasting food (see below for my ideas and tips)
- Recycle clothes by taking them to either a charity shop or a clothing bank
- Repair items before discarding
- Use your local recycling centre
My pledge is to have zero food waste, which is easier than you may think. I truly believe that people throw away food unnecessarily each and every day. Here are my top tips on how to have zero food waste...
- When you put your shopping check the use by dates and use the food accordingly. Ocado have a fantastic receipt system where the list your groceries by their use by date!
- Meal plan, I have found that this has reduced our waste as I look at what food we have, what needs using by when and plan around it.
- Use your freezer! Freezers are a fantastic way of reducing waste. If you have a lot of sauce leftover or the use by date is nearing on meats or vegetables freeze them! Par boil vegetables before freezing and fully defrost meat before using.
- Vegetable peelings are great for compost bins.
- Reinvent leftovers into a delicious new meal.
- Use leftover meat as sandwich fillers.
Here are a few of my favourite leftover recipes...
|Pulled Pork Meals|
|Spicy Beef with Creamy Mash|
|Banana, Walnut and Date Loaf|
|Rhubarb and Banana Crumble Cake|
If you would like to take part and take a pledge for Zero Waste Week it is not too late. Visit Zero Waste Week.