So last week we told you about our quest to gather some positive stories about actions people are
taking to reduce their carbon footprints.
This week we focus on waste. Did you know that UK households
produce 106 million tonnes of waste each year? And 8.3 million
tonnes of this is food. A lot of the time the food has to be
thrown away as we simply bought too much and didn't get through it
all (easily prevented by not going to the supermarket when you are
hungry...). Biodegradable matter in landfill (food, paper, garden
waste etc) produces methane when it breaks down, a powerful
greenhouse gas (25x worse than carbon dioxide).
So what are people in Fruit Towers doing to tackle the rubbish
Sustainability Lou sets a fabulous example by planning her weekly
shop so as not to waste any food - although she did admit to the
odd bit of lettuce going astray.
Clover not only works hard on finding recycled packaging for
innocent products but when she is at home she recycles all her
garden and food waste.
Annabel has bought herself a lovely shiny new composter (although
a little less shiny now).
Fliss has ensured that her bunnies need not feel guilty - their
droppings (a much nicer word than poo) go into the composter.
Dave keeps a beady eye on his housemates to make sure that they are
doing the right thing at the recycling bin. Dave sits opposite
Sustainability Jess and Sustainability Lou - so he really should
know what he is doing.
Apparently Alan thinks recycling is fun - I got the impression
there was some sarcasm being expressed, but I ignored it as long as
he keeps recycling.
Julia has committed to improve her recycling performance, although
to be fair it sounded like she was already pretty good at it.
Always striving to improve seems to be a common trait in the
finance team, must investigate that further sometime.
Charlie makes sure that she buys recycled loo roll - after all we
need to buy the products that are made with all the materials that
people recycled (with no market for recycled products the economic
argument for recycling goes out the window). That's one of the
reasons we use 100% recycled plastic in our bottles (and it halved
the carbon associated with the bottle).
Want to know more about what to do with waste? Look here or some ideas to
reduce food waste.
Got a bit of left over smoothie? You can make some nice
Hopefully some food for thought.. I am off to find a composter
for my shiny new garden.