I came up with this idea the night before last but improved it and came up with most of this post while I was chopping apples yesterday morning for a crumble (tomorrow’s post). It’s about how we can reduce waste in the world. I’ll give you the facts that made me want to do this post from James Patterson’s book Maximum Ride: The Final Warning.
This is what it said word for word:
Save the World
Wings not Required
Did you know:
- Every year, households in the UK throw away the equivalent of 3.5 million double decker buses (that’s almost 30 million tonnes of rubbish), a queue which would stretch from London to Sydney.
- Every year 17.5 billion plastic bags are given away by supermarkets. This is the equivalent to 290 bags for every person in the UK. 17.5 billion is a big number: 17.5 billion seconds ago it was the year 1449!
- In 2001 UK households produced the equivalent weight of 345 jumbo jets per week in packaging waste.
- It is not known how long glass takes to break down but it is so long that glass made in the Middle East over 3000 years ago can still be found today.
- On average, each person in the UK throws away seven times their body weight (about 500kg) in rubbish every year.
Really, really scary right. That book was published in 2008 (about 9 years ago) so how different do you think that it would be now? Do you think that those tallies would have gone up or down? I had an idea to tell you all about how we can save some of the waste that we’ve got. I’ll split it into a few parts, today’s part is about reducing kitchen waste. I’ve got pictures from our kitchen too.
I thought that I’d start this off with a link to a blog that Mum enjoys reading called The Zero Waste Chef. This is the link: https://zerowastechef.com/. The Zero Waste Chef doesn’t waste anything from her kitchen, flick through her blog, she’ll fix the gaps in this post for me, whether she knows it or not.
Food scraps often get thrown away but they can be recycled. We feed our scraps to the pigs, worms and rabbits and we put the stuff that they don’t eat in the compost. We can have the animals because we live on a place with land but if you live in the city or on a place without land then that’s a lot harder to do. If you do live without land then you can still have a worm farm that disposes of your scraps for you and animals like rabbits or guinea pigs can eat most vegetables, fruits and some herbs too. There are lists of things that these animals (as well as worms) can and can’t eat online. You can also have compost bins that get rid of all of the things that worms and that sort of thing don’t eat. You can then use the compost on gardens or, if you don’t have a garden, you can sell it for a little extra money. These are our bins for all the food scraps:
Another thing that you can do is to grow a garden. Gardens are really good because you don’t have to buy vegetables which saves you money and saving money is good, right. You can have even a small amount of garden and still save money. Some plants aren’t easy to grow, like apples, but lettuces are easy to grow.
You can also reduce packaging waste by taking cloth bags shopping to reduce using plastic bags. Also, a lot of fruit and vegetables come in plastic and as you know plastic bags are really hard to recycle. You can buy fruit and vegetables without the packaging and without bags by getting them “loose” as it’s called. This is how we bought shallots the other day:
Spices come in multiple sorts of packages. At the moment we’ve got three different brands of spices in different packaging: foil and plastic, glass and cardboard. The plastic and foil is not recyclable but the glass and cardboard are so I think that we should be buying them instead of the foil and plastic. These are the different packaging for our spices:
Another thing that you may not have realised that will help both your health and your waste reduction is not eating so much takeaways. Have you ever thought about how much rubbish you have when you get something from KFC or McDonalds? It’s a lot right, this rubbish can’t be recycled either.
Bread is sold in plastic bags that aren’t recyclable as far as I know. We don’t buy bread, we make it which is much cheaper, healthier and more economical. You can buy bread makers and the amount that you save by not buying bread will apparently add up to the cost of the bread maker. The homemade bread tastes much better and doesn’t have as much sugar and processed stuff in it. Also, it smells delicious when it’s cooking. There are heaps of recipes for bread on the internet and you can add in seeds or wholemeal flour into it to make it even healthier. This is our bread maker, it’s a very good quality one but there are cheaper ones out there.
And lastly, water. How much water is wasted when you are waiting for the water to change from hot to cold or vice versa? Our dishwasher’s broken at the moment but how much water does a dishwasher take? Just think how much water you could save if you reused dishes, when you’ve got a chopping board and knife that’s been used for some sort of fruit and you want to cut up some other sort of fruit later then you can use the same chopping board and knife for that. Also, chopping boards have two sides don’t they? You can just turn a chopping board over if you want to use it for something completely different.
I hope that this post has helped you think about your kitchen waste.
Keep an eye out for more posts like this,
P.S. Keep our world as beautiful as it is in this picture.
P.P.S. Tell me how you reduce waste, I’ll add in your ideas in part two.