Of course, my de-clutter was on nothing like the scale of last year's exercise, but I have still managed to re-home a fair amount. This year was much easier than my last year's attempt - and that was largely a psychological thing as I felt there were lots of people doing it with me, throughout the Zero Waste Week community and the helpful ideas and the encouragement were a great inspiration.
The most noticeable improvement in the Pitt household is without a doubt the tool shed. Take a look!
I still have a few items from the tool shed awaiting re-homing via Freegle, but I think these will be collected later today and I have a few bags in my hallway awaiting a trip to the charity shop and to various specialist bring banks, such as the one for CDs and video tapes. These will go over the next few days.
But the crux of my Zero Waste Week pledge was to GET MENDING!
What have I actually repaired? Feeling my report card might say 'must try harder' I thought I'd do a quick check.
I repaired the boxes of a few games and puzzles so they could go to the charity shop. I patched a pair of jeans, which I'm really pleased with so I'll definitely patch my other pair one evening this week.I washed the clothes of some porcelain dolls, so they were smart enough to give to the charity shop, but one lovely lady remained behind with a broken foot.
|Just a couple of stitches needed now|
So actually, I'm thinking all in all not too bad. I said I would mend and mend I did.
I've also found myself inspired to try to go for a few more reusables rather than recyclables or things that would end up in my wood burner. I found these lovely refillable Christmas crackers which I'll be buying this year and refilling with lovely reusable things such as makeup wipes from Made by Gituce.
|Re-fillable Christmas Crackers from Keep This|
Another highlight of the week was the various attempts at crisp making. Yesterday, inspired by this tweet from the Rubbish Diet I made the potato peelings from the Sunday roast into delicious crisps, using up a bit of sunflower oil left in a pan along with some fresh rosemary from the garden. Yummy. Whilst sharing the crisps with family, it was nice to hear Junior Daughter reporting the crisp making attempts from earlier in the week. She loved the butternut squash crisps and they have the added advantage of being made with no oil, so a totally fat-free and highly nutritious snack with ZERO packaging.
|Butternut squash crisps ready to go in the oven|
|We managed to save a few for another day!|
One green habit that I'll be resurrecting is to use Freegle more. I hadn't used it for a while and it has become a lot easier recently, so now I know how easy it is to use, I'm going to make sure I use it more often and make sure I don't keep things I don't need.