Saturday, September 3, 2016

Victoria's Green Matters - 1st September 2016

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:

Zero Waste Week is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about waste and reducing it around the world. After all, there is no such place as ‘away’. Every time we throw something away, it goes to landfill, is incinerated, it is litter or worse, it may end up in the stomach of an animal.

Zero Waste Week takes place each year and is happening this year from 5 - 9 September. It is concentrating on food waste and the theme is ‘use it up’. Did you know that the average family wastes £50 worth of food a month? It is definitely time we did something about this.

There are many ways that you can aim for zero waste. Avoid the BOGOF! If fresh items are involved in a ‘buy one get one free’ offer, the chances are that you will throw away the extra one. Either only have one item or if you have two, make sure that you share the extra with friends or neighbours if you can’t use it yourself.

How are you on portion sizes? Take note from the packet of pasta/rice and only cook enough for the people you are feeding or make sure you have plans to use any leftovers!

Once in a while, only cook what you already have in the house. See what you have in the freezer and your cupboards – you will probably be really surprised by the meals you can create.
Have you left your fruit and veg too long in the bowl and they’re past their best? Don’t throw them away – make soup with the veg and smoothies with the fruit.

To find out lots more about zero waste go to

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