This is the second post of a series – you can read the first one here
One thing I’ve become more passionate about since having a child is how much we, as society, care about the planet. I dread to think what the world will be like when Penny is my age but I’d like to think I made a conscious effort not to contribute to the vast amount of rubbish that is created daily. This year our family will be making 12 changes to improve our environmental impact. I would love to be a zero waste house hold so we’re starting our journey with that aim in mind. Each month I will be making a change in our house which I intend to stick to for the foreseeable future. Making one considered change per month seemed to make this huge task of becoming Zero Waste more manageable.
February – No More Kitchen Roll
Dirty kitchen roll is among things Britons wrongly think they can recycle. Others include plastic soap dispenser tops and wrapping paper, study shows. Eight out of ten Britons believe recycling makes a difference, the research for the British Science Association (BSA) shows, yet when quizzed on exactly what items can go into their recycling bins, none of the 2,000 adult Britons surveyed got full marks. 34% incorrectly think dirty kitchen roll is recyclable.
This swap seemed like a no-brainer to me. We were kitchen roll addicts – consuming the stuff as quickly as possible as soon as it was in the house, going cold turkey for a few days until I managed to get back to the shop for more. I was fed up of buying it but never having it on hand when we needed it – and fed up with the amount in our bin! So instead of buying kitchen roll on weekly Wilko run, this week I brought 40 flannels in 3 colours. White for Penny who loves messy food (white is easily bleached), Pink for Jess and Black (posh ones) for us grown ups! I had seen lots of beautiful homemade reusable kitchen roll on etsy but until I knew we were going to get on with it I opted for a cheaper investment. My flannels cost me £25 and do the job perfectly. I don’t do any extra washing as they just go in my normal towel wash and I use a spare wet bag to store them before they get there. Guests don’t seem phased by using them – infact it’s a good conversation point and has inspired a few others to do the same.
Keep an eye on my blog for next months reduced waste change!