Zero Waste Week 2013 – the final frontier

zero waste week use it upCongratulations! You’ve made it…

Welcome to day seven of zero waste week.I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have and have enjoyed filling your bellies not your bins.

Have you totted up how much food you’ve saved from being wasted?

And have you converted that to cash to see what you’ve saved?

The average family throws away £50 of food per month; wouldn’t that make a nice savings fund for something?

But it’s not all over yet, let’s get stuck into today’s challenge.

Sometimes, despite all our best plans, food gets wasted.

Today I’m sharing some last ditch ways in which you can prevent food going to landfill or being composted.


Every day people in the UK go hungry. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Find you nearest food bank, and see what you can donate.


Casserole helps people share extra portions of home cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves.  It’s a great way to pay it forward and perform a random act of kindness while totting up some karma points.


Our feathered friends will help eat up the scraps from your kitchen. Offer them:

  • fat including suet
    mild grated cheese
    cooked potatoes
    dried fruits
    windfall fruit
    cooked rice
    crumbled stale (but not mouldy) bread


Some of our community reported that they had good intentions with leftovers, but failed to use them up in time. Here are some top tips:

  • Store leftovers properly – cool them down and put in the fridge or freezer
  • Label foods or use see through containers – we don’t want any UFOs lurking (unidentified frozen objects)
  • Keep things in sight – top of the fridge towards the front or written on a whiteboard please
  • Use your freezer – so many things can be frozen from baked beans to milk to mashed potato
  • Don’t get bored with leftovers; pep things up with spices and herbs, cheese sauces or by wrapping in pastry.

Phew! I’m done! It’s been a wonderful week. I’ve loved receiving all your comments and chatting with you on social media. Feel free to give any feedback; good or bad and keep up the great work – I’m proud of you!

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Rachelle Strauss

1 Comment

  1. smallftprints on September 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS on a totally fabulous Zero Waste Week! I have so enjoyed the recipes and information being shared … and I believe that I’ve learned a few new tricks which will help me eliminate food waste in the future.

    Can’t wait until next year!! 🙂

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