Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 and congratulations on having completed your first week of the Zero Waste Challenge! How have you been going with your pledges? What was the most interesting or challenging thing you learnt about during our focus on food waste?

Here’s my pledge report:

Pledge 1
I’m proud to report that I have not so much as looked at a chocolate bar this week-why? Just been too busy working on the Zero Waste Challenge!

Pledge 2
I haven’t done as well on the home cooking front – for the same reason above! – but I have made a huge batch of cereal from scratch, so that’s my breakfast for the week sorted, and I also made a couple of rounds of bliss balls to take to friends’ dinners – now I’ve just got to make a batch for myself and I’ll have my daily work snack set!

Pledge 3
I’m really pleased to have found a great site which details what items can be recycled in Victoria -win! http://

There’s more aspects of food waste I’d like to explore with you, but for now let’s put our plates aside and move onto an issue that, judging from your introductory surveys, plays on your minds and also in your bins. I’m talking about:

– single use plastics –

What are single use plastics?

Single use plastics are plastic items that have been designed to be used for a few minutes and then thrown away, most commonly disposable items from stores, take away shops, parties or work functions. It’s one of the simplest things that we can change, but also can be the most difficult. Why?

In short, habit. We are in the habit of accepting these items and throwing them away, because it easy, convenient and it doesn’t cost us anything – and one of the single use plastics that we use most often is plastic bags.

How do I stop using plastic bags?

1. Start by reducing your need for bags to put your rubbish in, which means reducing your waste – tick!

2. Get yourself a handy tote bag or backpack to use as a replacement for shopping bags. You’ll want to consider the materials that your replacement bag is made of, but for the time being, before going out and purchasing anything, just use whatever you have got at home. Panniers are a great way to transport shopping on a bike.

3. Take 80% of your existing plastic bags from your home and put them in the plastic bag recycling box at Coles and Woolworths. Chances are you won’t miss them and if you do find you’re running low, just go grab some out of the bag recycle box next time you’re passing. You want to reduce your dependence on the bags and the normality of having them accessible in your house.

4. Always carry a couple of small bags to use in the moments where you buy items unexpectedly. If that happens to be at a supermarket and you’re out of bags, just grab one from the recycle box.

Want to find out more? The documentary of the week is Bag It:

See you tomorrow!


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