Repurpose, reuse and avoid

We’ve had a busy day today – lots to fit in since Saturday is now the only full day in the week that Mr Snail is home. However, several of our activities have involved a zero-waste component.

First, we repurposed a plastic bottle. Now that Mr Snail is living away during the week, he needs to have two bottles of shampoo – one for each location. We buy the shampoo in bulk, so we just needed a suitable plastic bottle to fill up… this distinctive one seemed to suit (although we had to neutralise the smell first with a bicarbonate of soda solution):

You may recognise the shape of the bottle in the foreground!

You may recognise the shape of the bottle in the foreground!

Then we visited our local organic farm to buy some trays of tomatoes for bottling (they are currently having a glut). The ‘shop’ is not staffed, there are just signs giving the prices and an honesty box. Alongside the tomatoes there was a notice asking for the plastic trays to be returned once they are empty so that they can be reused:

The 'packaging' will go back and be used over and over

The ‘packaging’ will go back and be used over and over

And finally, this afternoon we harvested some of our potato crop. These will be stored in an old cardboard box, although some of them will be eaten tonight, so will have had absolutely no packaging associated with them:

A fine harvest

A fine harvest

I’m very happy with today’s contributions to Zero Waste Week.

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  1. Fortunately, not too busy to eat some of the fruits of our labours – spicy potato wedges tonight!

  2. So long as you don’t reach for the wrong bottle to annoint your wedges… I quite see why you’d want to deal with the aroma first!

  3. DROOLING over your gorgeous spuds! I have plans to organise a tomato glut of my own this year and potting up seeds today for our food futures 🙂

  4. That’s a wonderful crop of potatoes. And those crates of tomatoes … I am drooling !!! I would have bought atleast 5 crates of them. Bottles of jam, pickle and chutneys. Yum yum 🙂 Great going with your zero waste week !

  5. It’s amazing what can be reused if people only put their minds to it. We’ve really become a terrible throw away society.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  6. There’s something magical about pulling potatoes from the earth. And the best bit? There’s no need to peel, make syrup, wash jam jars or anything else to preserve them beautifully!! 🙂 Ours are stacked in wooden crates on what will one day become our bathroom.

  7. well done. 🙂

  8. What a wonderful week you’ve had, especially those gorgeous potatoes! 🙂


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