Well, I could getting ready to have some New Year’s Eve celebrations, but to be honest, I’m feeling totally drained and I do not really want to do anything other than go to sleep. So while I make up my mind on what I’m doing, or not doing, I thought I’d look back at what seemed like a really long year (Was it a leap year? Surely one day doesn’t make much of a difference…).
Little changes we have made this year:
Started strictly separating food waste. We are not lucky enough to have a garden, so even if we were crazy enough to try and make compost in a shoebox, which probably wouldn’t work well anyway, we don’t actually have anywhere to put it. Unless you count six potted plants, that is. Edinburgh council could make things easier when it comes to waste separation, but we are lucky enough to have food recycling containers just round the corner. We have not mastered the art of zero food waste, as we peel all our potatoes before eating. And believe me, we eat A LOT of potatoes!
Cutting down on unnecessary snacks with lots of packaging. Well, at least we were until last month. We are also big on nuts, so we have decided to fill glass jars with them, and use this as portion control as well. And it looks so pretty!
Started using glass jars to store food in. Aogitsune makes some wonderful food, and it tends to be made in larger portions, be it on the hob or in the slow cooker. Although we still reuse what is probably some extremely unhealthy reused Chinese takeaway containers, stews and sauces are stored in glass jars which we freeze. Much to my surprise, we have only ever had one of them crack. When the food is cooled we put it in the freezer. What I don’t know is how it would defrost in glass from frozen in a microwave, since we don’t own one. The only thing you have to remember is to preferably have tomorrow’s meal pulled out of the freezer tonight. Though if you do forget, it actually defrosts faster (and without any shattered glass, at least until now!) if you put it in a large bowl with warm water.
Kept doing what we were doing in order to reduce waste. Have completely given up on hand paper towels, and have just had to deal with my dislike of blowdriers (or just use my jeans!). Unfortunately, my keep doing what you were doing includes the hoarding of random packaging and objects, trying to find something to do with it so it doesn’t end up in landfill!
Reused wrapping paper and used furoshiki. Unfortunately I did not manage to reuse all my wrapping paper from last year, due to different sizes of presents and different non-ironable material used. But still I’m a little proud I managed to recycle some paper.
So looking forward to 2017, and hopefully it will be much better than 2016. Happy New Year to everyone!!