Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 3-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.
Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!
Do you know it really is simpler to video my Friday fridge rather than type up my No Waste Tastes Great inventory?
So here is this weeks:
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
It hasn’t been fully emptied and cleaned yet. I’m guessing the baked beans (there’s about 5 large spoonfuls still left) will go to waste.
There was also a small block of cheddar cheese which has started to go mouldy.
I didn’t photograph the cheese as it really didn’t look very nice, and it spoiled the ambiance of this colourful post.
Because the photographs this week are quite vibrant.
Firstly these are left over from an event I helped with last night.
I haven’t eaten cocktail cherries in years! But I’ll munch my way through today.
And there’s a nice shot of some potatoes and red onions. Homegrown (by a friend) none the less.
But there’s something not quite right about this image.
It’s the plastic packaging that the mushrooms are contained within.
4 years have passed since I started participating in Food Waste Friday. The amount I now waste is minimal. I’m still not at zero waste each week, but I do try. And really that’s all I can do. Nobody’s perfect (are they Jessie J? This video has vibrant food also!)
But that ‘one more thing’ I can do to reduce our homes waste output further is to look at ways of reducing the un-recyclable packaging that is wrapped around our groceries.
I’ve tried previously, and then things have slipped again. But since be introduced to Trashed I am feeling inspired once more.
My pledge for Zero-Waste Week 2014 is to reduce food packaging waste.
Oh and there’ll be a slow cooked soup recipe soon. I’m thinking maybe potato and onion?
As always I’ll leave the last word to Kristen…
“How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your blog link into the comments section below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment without a link.
Those of you who participate in Food Waste Friday can now grab a fancy-schmancy button to perk up your posts. If you copy and paste the following code into your Food Waste Friday post, this little graphic will appear.”
If you blog on WordPress, just make sure you’re in html mode when you copy and paste the code, or it won’t work