We are going to try and be more Future Friendly and Zero Waste Week 8

Small things can make a big difference.  Since having my children I have felt the need to ensure that I try and make as such a difference as possible.  I was asked by P&G if I would like to take part in their Future Friendly Seven days of sustainable living challenge, I thought it would be the kick start we needed to ramp things up a level.  The aim is to do 3 little inspired acts every day to try and make my household more sustainable.

When browsing though the ideas, it occurred to us, that we actually do most of the ones that are suggested.  We have a water butt, use watering cans instead of a hose, recycle our waste, compost our tea and coffee grounds, borrow books for the lcoal library, wash at lower temperates, hang out the washing and buy products with less packaging.  So I asked Karen from The Rubbish Diet for some help and she told me that it was Zero waste weekand gave me some more ideas.

So as a family we are going to come up with three little inspired acts everyday and tweet them, so you can join in if you like too.

So our challenge will be as follows:

  1. Never leave anything on standby.  We have an intellipannel switch on the TV downstairs and the PC, but sometimes the radio does get left in standby.
  2. Do not leave any chargers plugged in
  3. Use only as much water as required to make a cup of tea
  4. Wash a full load of washing
  5. Make sure the hot water (in the tank) is not set above 60 degrees)
  6. Make a draught excluder for the front and back door.
  7. Close all curtains at dusk to keep heat in and cold out
  8. Use a steamer to cook more foods with only one heat source
  9. Not adding warm food to the fridge and freezer
  10. Use rechargeable batteries, In the UK we throw away over 650 million batteries every year, polluting the soil and filling landfill sites.
  11. Move to paperless billing
  12. Turn off lights when not in rooms, this is more important as the nights are drawing in
  13. Make sure each light has an energy efficient bulb in.
  14. Taking off our shoes when coming in to our house. By taking off your shoes when entering your house, you can reduce the amount of dirt in your house by up to 80%, which means you don’t need to clean your house as often which saves energy.
  15. Use our own shopping bags
  16. Buy unpacked fruit and veg, I love these reusable fruit and beg bags from Onya
  17. Defrost the fridge and freezer
  18. Use reusable drinks bottles
  19. Buy concentrated products to reduce packaging or larger sizes
  20. Make some cloth napkins to take out with us, rather than use disposables.
  21. Use reusable plastic containers
  22. Ditch the kitchen towel and use cloths

I would also love for you to suggest some things that you do, that we can try.

PS, if you were wondering how a picture of the boys in a fountain was green and sustainable, let me tell you.  It was taken at The Alnick Gardens and the fountain is powered by hydro-static pressure and isn’t run by electricity

8 thoughts on “We are going to try and be more Future Friendly and Zero Waste Week

  • lynda@orchardtoys

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    At home we have a small plastic bottle full of water in the toilet cisterns. All our raw veg trimmings, teabags, pineapple/melon skins go into the compost, with paper bags and garden trimmings. We recycle plastic/glass bottles, cans and paper/cardboard. We are phasing out conventional light bulbs as and when they go. Today the last piece of double glazing is being fitted (back door).We don’t keep any electrical appliance on standby. We have applied for a wind turbine for which a grant is available. BUT we have two freezers (full of garden produce) that desparately need defrosting which will give us more space and use less electricity. Anybody have spare freezer in NR16 we can borrow while defrosting ? 🙁
    At Orchard Toys we recycle all our cardboard waste. All OT products are made with 100% recycled products and can, themselves, be recycled at the end of their lives. But, hey, who throws them away?!

  • Hannah

    Hmmm, tricky – we do most of those things too.
    How about delaying putting the heating on in Autumn? I always to try to get as close to November as possible before the heating/fire comes on, choosing extra socks, jumpers or blankets instead.

    What kind of draught excluder are you going to make?

  • Susan Mann

    What a great project. I try to put the heating on less, close the curtains & blinds early, switch off lights and always get them to take shoes off. Only other one is if you use the tumble dryer the dryer balls help reduce drying time. Good luck and looking forward to hearing all about it. Also the fountains are Alnwick are amazing aren’t they x

  • Alex Walsh

    Point 12: if you have any fluorescent strip lights, its best to leave them on if you’re going back in within an hour or so. The starter motor uses a lot of juice.

  • Karen@therubbishdiet

    That’s a brilliant list and it was great to be of help. Now looking forward to see how you get on after such a busy week…and as for that fountain…I’d love one of those in my garden. 🙂

    • Mum in the Madhouse

      Karen@therubbishdiet » So would we, I have to say Alnick Gardens was great and they had recycling points all round the gardens too. For me this is all about creating new habots

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