When I started my boycott I realized an immediate ban on all plastics would lead to a severely reduced diet, greasy hair, rotten teeth, possibly rickets and certainly severe marital stress. So I decided to cut some products each month giving me time to source an alternative. Some things I just never got round to giving up. They are tricky to replace and I don’t want to do without them up so they linger sneakily at the back of my cupboard.
- Tomato ketchup
- Mango Chutney
- Sweetcorn relish
- Pickled Gherkins
- Coconut milk
- Baked beans
- Tomato puree
- and more
This year, for Waste Less Live More Week (22 – 28 September 2014) I thought I would tackle some of them……
Monday – Make it – so I made tomato puree
Tuesday – Borrow it – borrowed the spices to put in my homemade ketchup
Wednesday – Value it – seasonal unpackaged veg – in this case sweetcorn which I used to make sweetcorn relish
Thursday – Grow It and if you haven’t got a garden get out with the Leeds Urban Harvest and pick some one else’s.
Friday – Share It – bramble jelly made from foraged berries. A great gift for and Autumn dinner party
Saturday – Repair It – odds & sods hot water bottle cover
Sunday – Discover It- Thug kitchen – bit rude but doesn’t mince words
In a time where we are consuming more resources than ever, organisers Keep Britain Tidy, decided to make this year’s theme ‘Be Resourceful’, to help highlight the vast amount of resources going to landfill each year.
Each year the UK alone is putting over £3.8 billion worth of resources into landfill and evidence suggests that increasing rates of consumption and material possession are not necessarily leading to healthier societies and may in fact be damaging to our happiness and wellbeing.
Waste less, Live more Week is a week-long event that celebrates and demonstrates how to we can move to a more resourceful society, in order to create benefits for us as individuals, for our communities and our planet. Throughout the week the public will be able to take part in a Be Resourceful challenge, in partnership with the fix-all material sugru – an invention by young designer in the UK which helps make fixing easy and enjoyable.
The week is supported by TV presenter, Keep Britain Tidy ambassador and keen ‘crafter’ Kirstie Allsopp: ‘Waste less, Live more Week is a great initiative. The Be Resourceful Challenge is a 21st-century interpretation of ‘make do and mend’ – it’s about learning new skills, meeting other people and having fun at the same time as being respectful of the stuff we buy, use and eventually throw away.’
Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Phil Barton said: ‘Waste less, live more is an approach that reflects how environmental and social issues are linked and how tackling these issues together is a far more effective solution. It’s all about recognising that what is good for the environment is good for us and working towards a future where people understand and actively care for one another and the environment.’
This was the first year I partnered up with Waste Less Live More Week. You can see my other years here