Rubbish Free Day

This week I took up the Recycling Week challenge and pledged to spend a day of zero waste. As I take my recycling seriously there was only one option open to me – don’t throw anything away.

I thought that it would be easy to do so for just one day but it is surprising how much we casually toss into the bin without thinking.

I started the day by avoiding changing the children as both were in a disposable nappy overnight. I had to let Mr Kat take that one on his rubbish count for the day. Nappies and changing were a challenge and this is how I dealt with them: reusable nappies for both kids, flushable liners for solids and reusable wipes. (A side note – I really need to get some new re-usable wipes as the ones I have are not great but I’ve heard great things about Cheeky Wipes.) This was fine until we went out and I realised I had forgotten to bring some in the changing bag – thank goodness there was no need to change either child.

I had planned ahead with our food and made sure that all purchases were packaging free. At first I thought this would mean going meat or fish free but by taking my own containers to the shops our purchases were appropriately packaged to transport and store. Vegetables were all bought from loose selections at either the farmers market or supermarket. I have gotten into the habit of using Ocado as with a newborn and toddler it really is a life line for my sanity. I quickly realised that this would not work as nearly all fresh produce comes packed in unnecessary cellophane – Ocado sort it out! The only issue with food was unusable toddler leftovers – can’t compost and can’t re-purpose in another meal. The only solution I could think of was a pig (but I don’t have one so they went in the bin – boo!).

The rest of my day passed without incident and I managed an almost blemish free waste free day. Spending time thinking about avoiding landfill waste has opened my eyes to how much we throw away despite being a high-recycling household. We will be thinking twice about where we get our shopping delivery (yes Ocado, I am considering leaving you as a customer) and I will be moving away from the few disposables we use on the children. I have also made a decision to give up bottled water for good. I just can’t justify the environmental cost, back to crap tap water for me.

Head on over to The Rubbish Diet to find out what other bloggers have been doing for Recycle Week.

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5 Comments

  • Reply The Rubbish Diet June 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Wow Kat – this is amazing. And exercise like this does really focus your mind on something that otherwise is so easy to ignore. Love the fact that you gave Mr Kat the responsibility for the night-time disposables and that you’re moving away from them. I wish I had had the impetus to do the same, when mine were little. Just hope I’m making up for it now. Thanks for joining in the carnival. I’m looking forward to publishing it on Monday afternoon. :-D

  • Reply Abby June 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Buy a water filter jug and keep it in the fridge, tastes just like bottled and batter for the environment ( I think?)

  • Reply Abby June 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    BETTER!!! (Note to self: Check before you press enter!)

  • Reply Kat June 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Abby you are hilarious! I could edit your first comment to correct the spelling but “batter for the environment” is just too good…

  • Reply Natalie July 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I was cracking up laughing at the pig reference. You are too funny! Well done though. I dread to think of what a rubbish free day in our house would be like…

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