This week I've taken a small part in My Zero Waste's National Zero Waste Week, by cutting out my use of plastic shopping bags and plastic drinks bottles - here's how I did...
Monday - I took some parcels I needed to post for ebay into town in a fabric bag, I didn't buy anything so it didn't get refilled. I also took my Hello Kitty flask s when I got thirsty from all the parcel posting I had a drink on hand.
Tuesday - I took some more parcels for ebay into town, didn't buy anything but did have a drink of Hello Kitty water! I also went to the shopping centre in the afternoon to buy a present for a friend who's starting a new course this month, which I put into the fabric bag I'd remembered to take with me!
Wednesday - Took some more parcels for posting (are you noticing a pattern here!??) bought some stuff from the charity shops and skipped home with it in my fabric bag!
Thursday - I didn't do anything that requires a bottle or a bag today!
Friday - I went on a big walk today and even got to use my big, blue Hello Kitty flask (I discovered it's a leaker!) and bought an organic lemonade in a glass bottle with a recyclable metal top from a cafe! I used my fabric bag and backpack to carry the picnic we bought in.
Saturday - My big cousin got married today :) No bags or bottles required (unless you count the bottles of champagne!)
Sunday - Recovering from wedding and visits from family, no need for bags or bottles yet, although I might take my pink Hello Kitty water bottle for a nice long walk later!
So, I'm quite pleased that I remembered my reusable bags and bottle every day this week, but I noticed lots of other waste I created along the way - especially on our picnic which involved lots of pre-packed stuff and was from Tescos (I am ashamed! I haven't been in a Tesco for years but I was with relatively new people, they were being really lovely and preparing a vegan picnic when I was the only vegan and I would have looked really ungrateful if I'd have given them my anti-tescos rant), so I think there's lots more work to be done!
Did anyone else take part in Zero Waste Week? How did it go?