Originally inspired by Kristen, at The Frugal Girl, I’m back on the bandwagon of photographing my food waste for the world to see.
It’s purely selfish really – it keeps me accountable.
It helps me realise how much food I’m wasting, how much money I’m throwing away and every time I see it, take it out the fridge or cupboard and phorograph it, rather than simply throw it into a bin bag, the compost heap or food waste caddy it makes me stop and think.
Have I got aspiration ingredients I’m never going to use?
Have I got stuck in a rut with my shopping list instead of checking what I need?
Am I cooking too much?
This week I am proud to say I’m sans photograph – because I don’t have any food waste – yay!
And I can tell you, categorically the difference that made the difference.
It was a bit of a state of emergency that made me take stock.
Recently, life has taken on a fast pace; I’ve been organising zero waste week, running a business, and Little Miss Green has been on school holidays; so needed more of my emotional availability.
What goes to the bottom of the list is the household management. Stuff doesn’t get tidied away, cleaned or kept up to date with. And that includes food. Something has to give, right?
At the end of last week I had 3 inches of water in the bottom of the fridge where food had been shoved against the back plate and the freezer finally had so much ice in it we couldn’t shut the door.
So we prioritised an afternoon to clean the fridge and defrost the freezer. Then I pulled out all the food that needed using up and with military precision we ate through it all. It wasn’t so difficult, we’ve eaten better this week than we have for many AND I feel quite proud of what I’ve achieved.
There’s a lot to learn here for me but the bottom line is about taking time to care…
What about you – any food waste this week?