One week goes by pretty fast! Curious about the end results?
My direct bad waste:
- some unknown plastic in box of strawberries
- a broken glass, with paper wrapped around it
- a cotton bud
- frozen puff pastry wrapping (plastic and sheets inbetween)
- aluminum foil from chocolate bar (perhaps filtered out in post-separation?)
- wrapper from dishwasher tablet (unnecessary, because we also had those with disolvable wrappers available… oops!)
All in all not too bad I think. With a bit more care and planning, some of the waste could have been avoided. I guess that is all part of the learning process. A true zero waste week is definitely possible!
The most important thing this week was the challenge to go outside of my normal comfort zone, and try some alternatives. Also it creates awareness of where your waste comes from. With us, it is mostly food-related. So, we had to try some different ingredients than we would normally use, and try to create some things from scratch. We had home-made bread, pita, and pancakes! What is also interesting, is that often the food with non-recyclable waste is actually not healthy, such as potato chips and desserts. So zero wasting is actually better for your health too!
So what now? We will keep trying to minimize our bad waste, but a little less forcefully than during the zero waste week. This is also partly due to the fact that my pregnancy is making it more and more difficult to visit many different stores to get the less-packaged items. I definitely want to try some more recipes, like those for microwave chips and home-made vla. In the mean time, I will keep my eyes open for other challenges to try, to get closer to a more minimalist and environmentally-friendly lifestyle.