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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Reduce Waste

It's Wednesday again with a new CTTW (Change the World Wednesday) challenge but I'm still gonna talk a bit about last week's CTWW  challenge which was to make a waste audit and try to reduce waste. Since last Wednesday we have emptied the trash can and the compost trash 1 time each so I guess that makes it about once a week that we empty our trash (not counting the recyclables that we have gathered up), which I think is quite ok since our waste bin is not that big. 

The trash makes me feel so hopeless though, there's always too much of it and even if I think it's important to recycle even I can feel that it's not that much fun sorting it out.

Checking up on what trash we have most of our trash comes from food packaging and this challenge reminded me again on how annoyed I am at how food is packed in the store! At least I'm again motivated to look for other places to buy the food than the grocery store. Conveniently we are approaching harvest season and all around Sweden there will be farmer's markets popping up so I will surely do my best to go to the Uppsala one as often as I can! If you are in Sweden you can check where the closest farmer's market to you will be here.

Update: And as this week's challenge is to submit your own challenge I suggest: try to buy food from a different store than a supermarket and try to avoid food with excess packaging and in particular plastic packaging.


6 comments:

  1. Food packaging is a real problem ... I'm not sure why markets have decided that everything needs to be wrapped. Here's something which may work for you ... in my market the food doesn't arrive wrapped ... they wrap it at the market. So I tracked down the produce guy and asked him if he had any produce which wasn't yet wrapped. He did and didn't mind letting me choose from that bin. So perhaps your produce guy has a bin in the back which hasn't yet been wrapped. I, too, shop at the farmer's market when fresh produce is in season. I also write emails, asking market management to stop using plastic wrap ... so far it hasn't done anything but my philosophy is that if we ask (and ask and ask), they might just listen someday.

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    1. Thanks for the tips! I'm haven't been so good at asking companies but hopefully it works as when one was a teenager with the parents....if you nag enough, eventually you'll what you want;-)

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  2. When it comes to fruit and veg you save a lot of plastic by buying from grocers that sell them loose rather than supermarkets where even a back of two apples will be packed in foam and plastic.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! You're right of course, I'm all the time on the hunt for alternatives to the supermarket

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  3. Excellent idea... the local Farmer's market is a wonderful choice & you can bring your own eco-friendly bags..or in my case, I have a wonderful grocery basket from Germany...that still carries my groceries since 1997! I love it! Anita

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    1. A grocery basket would be so cool, thanks for the tip! I was just missing a basket the other day when we went for picnic as well, so I will for sure keep my eyes open to see if I find a nice one that is both cute & practical.

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