Working Together To Reduce Waste

It’s Friday Guys.



And it’s my week to host.

I’ve decided this week to do Food Waste Friday a little differently. This is for 3 reasons:

Reason 1: I am not supposed to be posting on this blog as it is being moved. Whatever I post may be lost and not make it across. There’s no need to go into the technicalities of the move. But it’s Friday and I ALWAYS post on a Friday because #NoWasteTastesGreat – so here I am.

Reason 2: From time to time I feel I ought to thank Kristen the original founder of Food Waste Friday for her inspiration. Food Waste Friday is spreading far and wide, and I feel to acknowledge where the original inspiration came from is becoming increasingly important.

Reason 3: It’s Zero Waste Week in the UK from 7th September. I am an ambassador once more (Thank you Rachelle for asking me again). It’s unlikely I will post much on this blog until the start of September due to the move. It felt the right week to tell everyone about this year’s #ZeroWasteWeek.

Firstly let’s deal with my food waste this week – because that’s what Food Waste Friday is all about.

Those following on Instagram (are you on Instagram yet? Instagram is A-Mazing!) will have seen my mid-week waste. Click the link here.

Now my food waste has reduced dramatically since first participating in Food Waste Friday in October 2010, almost 5 years ago. However as you can see I am not achieving zero waste each week. There are exemplary weeks, good weeks, bad weeks and awfully embarrassing weeks. As I have said before I’m no role model.

But what I would like to thank Kristen for is inspiring me to be mindful of what food we waste at Chez Wright. For having a day a week I can call myself out for wasting too much, or even give myself (and others) a pat on the back for wasting very little, if anything. I wouldn’t have thought of it for myself.

Accountability is very important, and public accountability can be highly motivational. Not only do you have to step on those scales each week in front of everyone else (think Weight Watchers) you also are sharing your experience and have a sense of community.

That we are working together to reduce food waste.

Which leads me onto Zero Waste Week.

Click here for National Zero Waste week 2015

I love this initiative by Rachelle Strauss – who for those of you who aren’t aware, Rae featured in Trashed with Jeremy Irons.

Because wherever we are in our journey to reduce what we waste, whether that be food, resources or whatever, we have inspiration to try that little bit harder. To do that little bit more.

This years theme is REUSE. My pledge, and other pledges can be seen here.

And I will be sure to keep my brand spanking new (& shiny) blog updated with how I keep my pledge through 2015 and beyond.

If you haven’t you might want to consider also signing up for Zero Waste Week 2015.

You’ll be in good company 😉

There’s no fridge photo this Friday. I will just pop up an old one as no Friday is complete without a #FoodWasteFriday fridge photo.



If you have a photo of your fridge this Friday then please head on over to Facebook and share it in the comments! Because we’d all love to see it – honestly – ‘fridge is the new cat’ on social media.

Don’t forget to bare your Food Waste Friday fails below (we’re very supportive and non-judgmental) or share your saves!

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  • Rachelle Strauss August 21, 2015, 11:13 am

    Thanks so much for sharing about Zero Waste Week Jo – I hope some of your faithful readers will feel inspired to sign up and take the challenge themselves. Loving your blue cream!

  • Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money August 21, 2015, 6:41 pm

    This brings back memories of last year. I signed up for Zero Waste Week even though I’m not in the UK, but then my morning sickness started. I wasted SO much food. I felt awful. I think I’ll sign up again this year. Do they have one for the US?

    Here is how we did this week:

  • Rachel and Dawn August 21, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Love this – we’re starting to get our heads around cutting back on food waste. Really passionate about doing more to reduce how much food we throw out. Well done and I will be joining you for Zero Waste Week. Dawn x

  • Tara August 21, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Hi, I would love to join up with the zero waste week. Thanks for letting us know. This is our waste this week:

  • jdahlqu1 August 25, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Haha, I would love to have some perishables left over at the end of the week. I’m on a strict food budget, and the last few days of the week are often hungry.

  • Danielle @ No Need For Mars August 25, 2015, 6:32 pm

    Thank you for reminding me about Zero Waste Week!

  • Danielle @ No Need For Mars August 25, 2015, 11:15 pm

    Thank you so much for the follow–you’re my ONE HUNDREDTH. Thank you for helping me reach that milestone on my blog. If it is alright with you, I’ll mention you when I share the good news with my readers 🙂

  • Martha Cohen March 17, 2016, 1:49 pm

    Amazing post! I like how you organize your zero waste week and I am very happy that you shred it with us. Greetings

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