Zero waste week - Part 2

Luckily by the third day of the zero waste week I'd got myself sorted out a bit better.


I'd found a helpful neighbour with a compost bin to take my organic rubbish for the week, including the bits I'd already created.


I headed down to my local organic fruit and veg store to shop without packaging, and searched for products at the supermarket that came in recyclable packaging such as cardboard, tins, glass jars, plastic bottles and aluminium foil.


I even invoked my inner Nigella and baked cakes and flapjacks so that I could have packaging-free snacks.


My local butcher took some convincing when I turned up with a Tupperware pot and asked him to put some beef mince in that instead of wrapping it up in the usual polystyrene and plastic.


But once I'd explained what I was doing, he just shrugged, wished me luck and did as I asked.


However, there were still some products that I couldn't buy without creating unrecyclable waste.


A charity cake-baking project for work left me in a dilemma, as my recipe called for digestive biscuits and glace cherries, neither of which I could find without plastic packaging. Eventually I decided I'd have to add that to the waste. It was for charity, after all.


I also had to buy plasters when I got some nasty blisters on the way to work one morning, and had forgotten just how many little bits of plastic come with them, not to mention the fact that I also had to throw away the plasters themselves later.


On an-after work trip to the shops for some new work clothes, I stuck to my guns and refused a plastic bag in favour of using my own canvas bag.


I was feeling quite smug until I got home and realised I couldn't wear any of it without taking out the labels, most of which were not recyclable, so they're still hanging in the wardrobe.


By the end of the week, the amount of waste tallied one plastic Crunchie wrapper, one Post It, seven pieces of cotton wool, two plasters, a plastic glace cherries pot and a plastic digestives wrapper.


So did I manage to live a zero waste lifestyle for a week? Well, in short, no. But it did highlight to me just how easy it is to create rubbish, and how much of the products we buy, particularly food products, are covered in unrecyclable packaging.


I may not have managed to get through the week waste-free, but it should make me think twice before throwing things in the supermarket trolley.

Kate Martin

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