What’s good about waste?

07 Aug 2019 What’s good about waste?

There are words thrown around like “waste less”, “zero waste” and “sustainability” but when you actually think about what these words mean it makes you wonder. When did we start wasting?

In nature nothing is wasted, if one organism kills and only eats part of its prey 1,2,3 or 4 other species come after and clean it up. 

For thousands of years humans either hunted, foraged or grew their own food and used everything out of necessity and what was left was organic and likely put back into the soil, fed to animals, used for tools or collected for the next crop.

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These days you see trollies full of plastic packaging with more food and sugar than most people can manage.

If we had to care for and produce our own meals or food was hard to come by would we be so wasteful? No way!

Walking through the streets and seeing people clean the goo out of their rubbish bins makes me wonder how we lost our way? Food is expensive and if you don’t want your bin smelling, then don’t throw it into the rubbish. Seems simple.

We need to remember that someone had to grow it, make it, package it, transport it and throwing it out shouldn’t be an option. 

A lot of it is wrapped in plastic, full of sugar and probably not the best for your compost, the chickens, your dog or even your family. But increasing your fruit and vegetables which can be bought without plastic, is good for your compost, the chickens, your dog and your family. And can be cheaper (when in season)

Although I’ve always opted to eat absolutely all of my groceries, keeping an eye out for what’s left in the fridge and the cupboards each day, knowing what needs to go first. In recent years though I have starting thinking about little traditions that contribute to waste. Wondering why does the tip of the carrot need to be cut off, why don’t people eat the broccoli stem and why can’t we eat the white part of silver beat or the leaves of beetroot?

The reason is, there is no reason. Training perhaps?

So if you want a clean bin, want to “waste” a little less and save money I’d recommend these simple thoughts;

  • Know what’s in your fridge and pantry and what needs to be eaten first
  • Increase your unpackaged fruit and vegetables while decreasing the colourful packages full of sugar
  • If it’s not poisonous why not eat it? (of course things like avocado skin and seeds might be pushing it)
  • And if you don’t want your bin to smell, then don’t put food in it (eat it, or feed a compost, chickens or the dog). 

So what's good about waste? That's easy, nothing. You would'nt do it if it didnt come so easy.

Paul Hellier - Founder

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