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, 4-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!
When I hosted Food Waste Friday a fortnight ago I extended an invitation to join in. And it was taken up by many of you. Thank you.
(In fact Clare’s even started blogging once more)
I know that taking time to blog yourself, and to comment on other blogs takes time. If you don’t have this time, there is another way to join in.
Lately I’ve been generally out and about on social media more.
If you haven’t fallen in love with Instagram yet then do go take a look.
For me, Instagram is the best bits of Facebook and Twitter, without the down-sides.
To explain – my Facebook posts rarely reach 10% of those who have liked my page. Although I’m not 100% sure why, I think it may have some connection to the fact I’m not prepared to pay to ‘boost’ my posts aka ‘advertise’. So I have to live with it. In fact just yesterday I had someone comment that they thought I had ‘run off’. They don’t see anything I put on Facebook anymore.
Twitter I really enjoy – it’s a fabulous way to meet like-minded people . However I like to talk (a lot) and show my photos (a lot) – so it’s a little restrictive for me. But hey, I still love it. Hashtags are used well on Twitter (unlike Facebook – where it didn’t really take off). This means you can find relevant conversations quickly.
Instagram also uses hashtags really well. And it allows you to write as much (or as little) as you like and upload fantastic photos (as you can alter them as you upload).
Have I sold Instagram yet?
The reason I’m going off on a tangent today is because:
A) I do not have any actual food waste to share! Yay! This week has been a good week!
B) I totally and sincerely believe that being part of a community with a shared focus and goal works to improve habits and keeping us all on track.
Therefore I have another invitation. Today it is to hashtag #FoodWasteFriday.
This Friday and every Friday – whenever you take part!
This can be done wherever you hang out. Instagram is fantastic, but Twitter is greatly used, and even if you’re only on Facebook you can use it there. I can still find you, which would be A-Mazing! (not in a weird scary way of course).
By using the hashtag #FoodWasteFriday you can be found and you can find others. No blogging required. But if you are a blogger – shout about it! Get your readers to join in.
Let’s have some fun, and reduce food waste at the same time Guys.
And back to normal service…
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
Too much plastic this week, without a doubt.
I’m working on this – my shopping habits have started to change and I’ll be talking more about this next week.
I do have a banana hanging around. (see top photo).
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