Sunday, September 28, 2008

This weeks challenge!!! Back to the beginning!

Righto, now I have got your attention, it is time to get busy with extending out these challenges.

To keep it simple (it is Sunday, I have just spent a lovely weekend in Antwerp drinking beer with Billy Bragg no less and frankly can't be bothered to think of something new and, let's be honest now, the first time round even my own wife was useless) so this week I am asking you all to give up using plastic bags.

Easiest way to do this is to take your own canvas bag into the supermarket (most of them sell reusable ones these days) with you or carry a fashionable man bag type thing and look cool like me!

Of course it is not that easy, what about fruit and veg? Well Sarah got a few funny looks, but this worked... take tuppaware or similar, weigh the veg and stick the price tag to the box.

What else? Well, if you must use a bag, ask for paper. Start looking to the market instead of the supermarket for your food (we'll get onto food miles later) or best yet, sign up to a local organic service and get random dinner for a week.

If anyone has any recipes for kohlrabi, we seem to get the stuff every week...

Please let me know how you are getting on, and ask questions, make suggestions for future challenges and please, teach me how to be better at the environment!

Good luck!

9 comments:

heatherroy said...

is Billy Bragg environmentally sound? Not that I am jealous or anything???

Lucy said...

Sarah's clever with her tupperware idea for the veg, but I just tend to stick a sticker on the veg, it works for most of them. (Maybe not peas... :)

ALS said...

I'm with Lucy - stick the sticker right on the veg (they need to be washed anyway, so a little glue won't hurt!)

Lucy said...

This is a great initiative Toby. I am challenged.You are a good man.

Jonathan

Toby Godman said...

I think you'll find I'm a Godman...

Seriously though, I am really rubbish at all this stuff. I am just trying to learn a bit and be a bit better.

By the way, ALS and Lucy are obviously correct when they say you can just stick a sticker to the fruit or veg itself (or go to the market!)

heatherroy said...

except that the sticker thing does not work on everything - I had to take a plastic bag today for carrots... putting a sticker on each one of them would have been just as wasteful - but I did not use any other plastic bag!

anefrh said...

it requires really behavioral change !! plastic bags have to be considered as spawns from the enemy to destroy God's beautiful creation.
this said, i failed today and produced plastic waste :(

my weapon: keep a tupperware in had to buy some take away food and keep a mug at reach to hold coffee.

i will forward to you a presentation for "green" tips in a working environment

heatherroy said...

its thursday and so far no plastic bags!! wooooo

Toby Godman said...

Good work!

I have to report that I sort of failed last night. Although it was an old reused plastic bag I took to the supermarket.