Last Monday, Day 214, my post was about supply and demand. I promised to keep track of my efforts to avoid being wasteful all week and let you know how I went. The idea is to lower the demand for items therefore lessen the necessity to supply them.
Well here is the result…
- I avoided using throw away utensils and containers when eating out. Luckily at most cafes here in Australia coffee comes in china cups unless you order it to go and they have metal utensils so this wasn’t difficult to achieve.
- As usual I didn’t bag up my fruit and vegetable when at the supermarket so no plastic bags wasted here.
- I also took my own carry bags to the supermarket so once again no plastic bags wasted.
- I walked to work on Thursday and car pooled on Monday saving some gas.
- I mended two items of clothing so they could be worn again instead of being replaced.
- I returned some wire coat hangers to the drycleaners so they could be reused.
- I used Tupperware containers to store some individual chicken breast fillets in the freezer rather than putting them in plastic freezer bags like I normally would. I will be doing this all the time in future.
- I ate porridge for breakfast all week to use up some oats that were getting a little old in the cupboard. I would have bought a new packet of cereal otherwise.
- We have been eating “end of day” bread all week that was given to my son by a friend who works at a bread shop. This bread would have ended up in a dumpster otherwise and I would have bought fresh bread.
- I oiled and seasoned the vegetables before roasting in a bowl rather than in a plastic bag like I usually would. Once again I will be doing this all the time in future.
- I have been buying my meat at the butcher where even though they still put the cuts in a plastic bag they don’t use Styrofoam trays. Another new habit I will stick with. Actually I might take my own container in future eliminating the plastic bags altogether.
- Aside from groceries and a new lid for my skillet I bought nothing else all week. This has become the norm for me though.
My husband spent the last three weeks in Hawaii and as instructed bought me back no gifts. He does want to buy me a new iPad to replace this laptop that I write my blogs on but this old faithful is going to have to falter more than it already is before I will let him replace it. I am getting used to its little quirks anyway and maybe some times I have to wait a while for it to load things but that is not to bad.
I know all this may not seem like much in the big scheme of things but if everyone made a little more effort to cut back the world would be better for it. I am quite happy with my efforts and I pledge to continue to find more ways to improve.
ITEM 221 OF 365 LESS THINGS