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Reduce waste – not to be confused with reduce waist :O

Friday last week I went to hear the author of “A Zero Waste Life in Thirty Days” Anita Van Dyke speak about her book and how she is aiming to minimise the impact her footsteps make on the world. Much of Anita’s speech revolved around plastic and how to reduce our reliance and consumption of it. I attended with 2 other members of my Thermomix team and after at dinner we had a robust conversation about how we could do our small parts in reducing waste.

Part of our dinner conversation was about Food Waste. As a country, Australia tosses 3.1 BILLION tonnes of food into the bin every year http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/national-waste-policy/food-waste. How ridiculous is that!! And I am guilty for sure! Bananas that look brown and manky, food sitting in the freezer just in case, cooking too much for my diners, multiple 1/2 full packets of pasta, storing canned goods for Armageddon – yep, that’s all on me.

My challenge for July will be this:

Part 1: conduct pantry and freezer audits and cook to what I’ve already bought. My normal behaviour is to try to do that but then end up buying 10 more ingredients to go with that one thing I want to use up but NO MORE!! From next school term Ian and I are not running the coffee van Thursdays and Fridays unless for events so I’m planning many more Central Market visits with my new market basket to stock up on fruit, veg and Asian supermarket items with minimal plastic if I can. I also plan to give away leftover desserts/cakes/biscuits to any volunteers of the reduce food waste brigade. Tonight I started with my ingredients to use up and you’ll find at the bottom what the dinner results were.

 

Chicken Stock paste

Part 2: consciously think about my plastic usage. I bought sushi from the Plaza today and not only did they come packaged in plastic but wrapped with a plastic band. I’m hoping that next time I will be able to use my own container. I’m also a big consumer of serviettes so I’ll need to cut up some of my old, not very absorbent (read not absorbent at all) tea towels into napkins and bring them home for washing.

I’ll be updating how I get on in my challenge on the line on the Facebook page as well as here on the blog. I’m very much hoping that some of you will join me in the Reduce Food Waste & Plastic Challenge. Tell me your steps to improve the strain on the world’s resources!

 

Pear, apple and dried blueberry cardamom crumble

Spinach and lemon soup

Gluten free, grain free bread rolls

6 Comments
  • Annette

    July 1, 2018 at 22:32 Reply

    It’s good to have the way we consume challenged. I bought some reusable cotton bags for my fruit and veg a while ago – after a friend showed me by making her own changes that it was an easy thing to do – and it’s been a great change of habit. When I didn’t have enough bags with me the other day, I just put the veg in my jute shopping bag loose, and it was fine.
    Who knew?!
    Good on you for being mindful and making changes.

    • Michelle Boyd

      July 2, 2018 at 18:50 Reply

      It was the first talk that I’d heard where an “expert” had said to just do what you can in your own small way with no judgement at all. I’ve been interested in food waste for a while now & I feel more confident now in substituting ingredients so as not to buy 10 ingredients to go with the 1 I need to use up.

  • Ian Boyd

    July 2, 2018 at 08:56 Reply

    The first meal with these three dishes was a winner. Keep it up.

  • Sue McKenzie

    July 2, 2018 at 17:55 Reply

    Michelle there are stores in Brisbane called Biome Eco Stores (they sell online as well) that sell reusable produce bags. I love mine and use them every time I go fruit and veg shopping eliminating the need for plastic bags.

    • Michelle Boyd

      July 2, 2018 at 18:53 Reply

      Thanks Sue. I have the Onya bags but I always forget to pop them in my handbag. I just need to sort out the random crap in my bag to make room for them to be constantly in there 🙂

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