In case you haven't noticed this week I've been photographing my food waste for National Zero Waste week, I didn't think I wasted much food and as it turns out I pretty much proved myself right. Hurrah!
This is what I did waste during the week -
4 apple cores
2 manky grapes
quite a lot of pistachio nut shells
2 lots of potato peelings
3 mushroom stalks
a bit of bread crust
1 piece of green bean
2 lots of broccoli/cauliflower stalks
2 blobs of ketchup
2 plates of left over bean juice
Which still seems quite a lot to me, but the good news is that pretty much everything I didn't/couldn't eat was composted. Apart from the bread crust, which I fed to my garden birds, the ketchup and bean juice which were washed away in the dishwasher and the poppadom which went in the bin.
Completing this challenge has given me a few things to think about, and there are a few things I'm going to change. I'm going to control myself with the ketchup bottle so I don't feed the dishwasher any more of it! I'm also going to try to reduce my use of pre-made food, for example when I had oven chips and vegan sausage I wrote I made no food waste, because there was no waste on my plate, but during their manufacture surely there was waste - potato peelings from the chips, goodness knows what from the vegan sausage, and so on. I'm going to write to the companies and see if they can tell me what happens to their waste, but also try to eat more homemade meals so I'm able to dispose responsibly for any food waste that happens. And this will help me with packaging issues too. Although I was producing very little food waste I was still making a lot of packaging waste this week :(
I hope everyone who joined in had a great Zero Waste Week!