No Waste Tastes Great / Zero Waste Week 2014

Zero Waste Week 2014 kicked off on Monday.

I may have mentioned I am an ambassador πŸ˜‰

Simply Being Mum’s Friday (Zero Waste Week) Fridge

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If you read my Food Waste Friday posts, regularly, you will know my aim this week was to reduce plastic food packaging.

There’ll be a round up of Zero Waste Week next Monday. Mainly about what I have learnt this year by trying to reduce waste.

This week’s fridge does contain some plastic, but it’s a hangover from the previous week. I still have not used up the grapes, avocado and halloumi. There must be a suitable salad containing these 3 ingredients? In the large pyrex container I have some baby leaf salad left also. Yes, there must be a meal there!

Talking about salad, I now transfer any bagged salad to a pyrex container lined with absorbent paper. I am finding this preserves the leaves longer. Fortunately this weeks bagged salad was packaged in recyclable plastic. I say fortunately because one valuable I have learnt, this Zero Waste Week, is that all plastic is not created equal (kind of a shout out to George Orwell, kind of!?!)

But more on that next Monday.

It’s been a good week. There is no food waste to declare. One reason may be because I have been doing a daily ‘fresh’ shop. Just buying what was required for the specific dish.

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Apart from these two items, where I slightly over-purchased.

These will be hitting the slow cooker shortly...

These will be hitting the slow cooker shortly…

It’s easily sorted. I’ll be slow-cooking a broccoli, celery and cheese soup as part of No Waste Tastes Great.

Which incidentally cannot be described as a ‘naked soup’ because try as I might (and I have) I cannot buy cheese not wrapped in plastic. But as I said, more on that Monday.

As for tonight’s dinner, well the Kids and I are attending a birthday tea party after school. There is some ‘naked(ish)’ pasta bolognese thawing out for the Hubby.

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It’s ‘naked(ish)’ because although the fresh ingredients weren’t packaged, I struggled to find any unpackaged dried pasta. My compromise was recyclable plastic, which wasn’t particularly easy to track down either!

Please note in the Friday fridge photo the bolognese is shown uncovered. This is for the photo only. It does have a lid!

How about you? How is your fridge looking this Friday? Any waste to declare?

Thanks as always toΒ Kristen, The Frugal Girl,Β (the founder of Food Waste Friday and the inspiration behind No Waste Tastes Great)…Don’t forget to head on over to her’s to link up your Food Waste Friday post!

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{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Vee@VeesEasyVegan September 5, 2014, 10:36 pm

    http://www.veeseasyvegan.com/brussel-sprout-slaw-with-sesame-last-words-on-no-poo-food-waste-friday/: Hi Jo. Here is the link to my week which did not include a Friday fridge as I went shopping a day early and filled it up. Have been checking out the zero waste challenge all week. Tried shopping naked a little more this week. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Vee@VeesEasyVegan September 5, 2014, 10:36 pm

    http://www.veeseasyvegan.com/brussel-sprout-slaw-with-sesame-last-words-on-no-poo-food-waste-friday/: Hi Jo. Here is the link to my week which did not include a Friday fridge as I went shopping a day early and filled it up. Have been checking out the zero waste challenge all week. Tried shopping naked a little more this week. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Vicki September 5, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Hi Jo,
    http://www.veeseasyvegan.com/brussel-sprout-slaw-with-sesame-last-words-on-no-poo-food-waste-friday/: Here is my week minus a Friday fridge photo as I shopped early. Have been followong the zero waste challenge in various places. Love the idea of shopping naked.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Vicki September 5, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Hi Jo,
    http://www.veeseasyvegan.com/brussel-sprout-slaw-with-sesame-last-words-on-no-poo-food-waste-friday/: Here is my week minus a Friday fridge photo as I shopped early. Have been followong the zero waste challenge in various places. Love the idea of shopping naked.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Lisa S September 6, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Hi simplybeing mum,
    I was wondering if you still did your daily fresh shop in Aldi ? If not did you find shopping in local shops more expensive ? I normally shop in Aldi but would love to buy my groceries with less packaging.
    I was wondering if you’ve ever tried shopping in Aldi while still cutting down on packaging ?
    Thanks and love the blog πŸ™‚
    Lisa

    • simplybeingmum September 6, 2014, 7:44 pm

      Lisa I will be posting about this soon on the blog (you may see your comment included!) so keep an eye out for a detailed reply! Thanks Jo

      • Lisa S September 8, 2014, 8:02 pm

        Brilliant, I’ll look forward to that. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Lisa S September 6, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Hi simplybeing mum,
    I was wondering if you still did your daily fresh shop in Aldi ? If not did you find shopping in local shops more expensive ? I normally shop in Aldi but would love to buy my groceries with less packaging.
    I was wondering if you’ve ever tried shopping in Aldi while still cutting down on packaging ?
    Thanks and love the blog πŸ™‚
    Lisa

    • simplybeingmum September 6, 2014, 7:44 pm

      Lisa I will be posting about this soon on the blog (you may see your comment included!) so keep an eye out for a detailed reply! Thanks Jo

      • Lisa S September 8, 2014, 8:02 pm

        Brilliant, I’ll look forward to that. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Jo H. September 8, 2014, 4:40 am

    Well done, Jo! So many things are packaged just as a matter of course. This has been an eye-opener.

  • Jo H. September 8, 2014, 4:40 am

    Well done, Jo! So many things are packaged just as a matter of course. This has been an eye-opener.

  • myliladventures September 8, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Here we can buy cheese w/o plastic from a cheese shop or deli counter at the grocery store. Having said that YOU would be buying it w/o plastic if they let you use your own container but they probably have the cheese wrapped up. So would that be a win-win situation if you could use your own container?

    Linking up:
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/food-waste-friday-9514/

  • myliladventures September 8, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Here we can buy cheese w/o plastic from a cheese shop or deli counter at the grocery store. Having said that YOU would be buying it w/o plastic if they let you use your own container but they probably have the cheese wrapped up. So would that be a win-win situation if you could use your own container?

    Linking up:
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/food-waste-friday-9514/

  • Katy {What Katy Said} September 9, 2014, 8:24 am

    This is so interesting! I use cloth nappies and wipes and so our waste has gone down considerably. Our recyclable stuff still fills our bin to the top and while that is better than landfill it is still ‘stuff’. I am going to try and shop greener next week. I will look forward to your roundup of how you did this week. x

    • simplybeingmum September 10, 2014, 11:52 am

      Thanks Katy. I’m just off to do a naked shop. It is quite satisfying coming home with a handful of ingredients and no packaging to dispose off (even the recyclable kind)…(well done on your reusable cloths!)

  • Katy {What Katy Said} September 9, 2014, 8:24 am

    This is so interesting! I use cloth nappies and wipes and so our waste has gone down considerably. Our recyclable stuff still fills our bin to the top and while that is better than landfill it is still ‘stuff’. I am going to try and shop greener next week. I will look forward to your roundup of how you did this week. x

    • simplybeingmum September 10, 2014, 11:52 am

      Thanks Katy. I’m just off to do a naked shop. It is quite satisfying coming home with a handful of ingredients and no packaging to dispose off (even the recyclable kind)…(well done on your reusable cloths!)

  • Theresa Davis May 27, 2015, 3:06 pm

    What I do is to use only fabric bags when I go to the grocery’s and I do not use any plastic bags at all. Now my kitchen is free from the invasion of the plastic bags. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the inspiring article!

  • Theresa Davis May 27, 2015, 3:06 pm

    What I do is to use only fabric bags when I go to the grocery’s and I do not use any plastic bags at all. Now my kitchen is free from the invasion of the plastic bags. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the inspiring article!

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