One month later, here’s what I’ve learned…

A little over a month ago I decided to make a significant change to my shopping and dietary habits by ditching unnecessary waste, that is, the stuff that can’t be composted or recycled.

How hard could it be?

Well, very, actually! Unfortunately I didn’t meet my goal of a carrier bag of waste for the month. It was more like a bin bag. Still, that’s much less than normal. Continue reading


One small victory

I stopped by Holme Grown today (a farm shop) and was really pleased to see that you could get most fruit and veg in paper bags instead of plastic 🙂


The best thing I found was when I asked the butcher if I could bring a reusable box for any meat I purchase, he said yes, provided I took responsibility for it when I left the counter. Seems a bit obvious, but I guess he has to cover his proverbial behind.

My only issue was that all the bread came wrapped in plastic 😟 i’ll have to keep looking for a solution to this one.

One small victory in my war against plastic! 👍


My first zero-waste shop

I knew when I set out shopping this morning that I wouldn’t be able to get the items I wanted in a truly zero-waste friendly way, but I wanted to see what I could get and some ideas to improve. My shop items are below. Just a few essentials for the week, and I was disappointed by how much plastic there is!
(On a side note, the new Columberie Co-Op is great)

I can do better! From now on I’m going to buy my fruit and veggies from the central market (lots of stalls and no pre-packaging) and visit the deli counter to get the meat I need. Unfortunately, Jersey doesn’t recycle Tetra-Pak items like milk cartons (longing for the old glass milk bottles!), so I’m going to see if any of the farm shops sell milk in better containers.

I’m beginning to see the changes to my lifestyle I’m going to have to make in order to achieve my goal, but so far they all look positive. For instance, I eat a LOT of chocolate, most of which comes packaged in single bar plastic wrappers I used to chuck away without much of a thought. This means I’ll need to reduce the chocolate I eat (good for the waistline) or find a better way (making chocolate cookies maybe?).

Another challenge I’ve noticed is my cosmetics. Most of it comes in plastic containers – I wonder if any of it can be sent back to the manufacturer for recycling?

The more I think about it, the more I realise how much needless junk I generate.



My first zero-waste goal!

Right, so this kind of project is more of a marathon than a sprint and I’m aware I won’t crack it right away. This is why I’m trying to set this up as a resource for others so it hopefully won’t take you too long!

My first goal is one carrier bag of rubbish for the month of April. I’m being generous and using one of these for this month:

wbag(one step at a time!)

I’ll do my first shop with my new goal in mind later and see how I go..

Zero Waste: What is it and why do it?

I set up this blog to document my experiment with the Zero Waste lifestyle and hopefully provide some useful tips to others in my situation. A Zero Waste lifestyle is one where you aim to generate as little rubbish as possible with the 3 R’s: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. It’s doing your bit for the planet, learning new skills and being a little less materialistic. At least that’s my understanding.

Basically, I have become more and more alarmed at the amount of rubbish we go through in my household, let alone the community in general. I have come across amazing people online who have managed to get their rubbish down to a jar or a carrier bag full for a whole year or more and thought ‘how hard can it be’?

The way my project differs from others is that I live on a small island (Jersey) and I live in a flat. Most of the tips I have come across online while researching this is all about composting in the garden, or bulk buying. What if you don’t have ready access to all of that? That’s where it’s going to get interesting for me.