Waste-Free February Challenge
I’m sure you’ve all seen in the news and media lately about the massive plastic build up in the sea, the ban on microbeads and Iceland frozen food actively setting a target to replace all the plastic packaging on their own brand foods with cardboard.As consumers, we too should look at ways not only to recycle and reuse but to reduce our waste.When I was approached by Wiltshire Waste Watch run by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to take part in their Waste-Free February challenge, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity for us as a family to see how much we recycle and how we reduce further our waste.
We’re aiming to fill no more than a small bag of waste, over the whole month of Waste-Free February.It’s up to you what your goals are.A jam jar maybe unobtainable for most but a cardboard box more realistic.The aim is to stick to your goal.
I will be sharing our journey and the end result on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stories.Look out for other people talking about Waste-Free February by searching #WasteFreeFeb.I will be recording how we throw away each day in a notebook, whilst looking for alternatives over the month.Download the two guides as below and talk to people you know about Waste-Free February.
Step 1: Begin with a waste audit
I’ve been keeping a notebook in the kitchen to record of what we threw away in our main bin and what we put in the recycling bins (plastic and cardboard or kerb-side recycling for tins, glass and paper).
Step 2: Recycle Even More
Now we’ve done our waste audit week, I’ll be looking at ways we can reduce the amount we throw for landfill and incineration as well as our recycling bins.There are probably a few items we could look at recycling that get missed.
Step 3: Change the way you shop
This is going to the real eye opener for us.As I’ve done my bit to recycle for 15 or so years,
I’ll be recording our #wastefreefeb on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.