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3 May 2014

Rubbish challenge day 3: some hits and misses

I'm lucky in that I live near to North Street in Bedminster/Southville - one of few remaining thriving high streets in our city. The Southville Deli and the Ashton Fruit Shop sell a lot of stuff loose - so it's down to me to remember to take my plastic bags back to refill them. I have felt a bit self-conscious about doing this in the past, producing crumpled bags from various pockets about my person, but today I have a good excuse. So I bought muesli, potatoes and tomatoes in pre-enjoyed bags. But new for this week, I had my coffee ground for me, and put into a paper bag (smells absolutely wonderful). And I bought loose leaf tea. The "misses" are the crisps (no way around this as far as I can see, unless you make your own), the cling-film wrapped cheese (see previous post), and the plastic-wrapped cucumber (why do they do that?!) The only things to go to landfill in the past 3 days have been the waxed paper from a marg tub which I'm pretty sure will rot-down, and some of the offending cheese-wrap. So really small lifestyle changes do seem to be slimming the bin.
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30 April 2014

Packaging: pre-match analysis

As the internet was apparently built for cats, let me be the first to include one here. I consider her to be one of my environmental blind spots, but as she can't really be held responsible for her carbon impacts, I guess I should take charge. Once upon a time, cat food came in cans, and cats were grateful - well, sort of. Now cat food comes in individual plastic sleeves within cardboard boxes. This is not progress. Today I've been out and stocked-up with aluminium foil-packaged, or canned cat food, so hopefully that's a bit less for landfill. I've also been on a recce to the Farmers' Market in Corn Street to see where I can buy non vacuum-packed cheese. Sadly, Homewood no longer offer their lovely haloumi and feta-style cheeses off the block. In Bath they do, but in Bristol they don't. Surely Bristolians can't be scared of loose cheese? So if I want my haloumi in waxed paper, rather than vacuum sealed plastic, then I'm going to have to pre-order and have it especially reserved for me. Is that cheating or just great personal service?

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17 April 2014

Rubbish challenge!

I am going to see if I can manage shopping for 11 days without amassing any non-recyclable food packaging. I think I'm pretty careful about this already, but I can't help but notice that there's still quite a lot in the wheelie bin which couldn't be transferred to the black or green recycling box. I suspect that the cat is the main culprit, but then again she can't really be held responsible for the environmental time-bomb that is the Felix pouch... Let's see if I can remember to carry reusable bags with me at all times, and if the house can survive any cat rebellion.

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