Today sees the start of Zero Waste Week. The initiative has been running for eight years and this year’s theme is ‘Re-use’. Having been ill with a rubbish cold over the weekend I feel slightly disorganised for this week but am determined to take part as it’s such a great idea and seems to get bigger every year.
I don’t think I will get anywhere near producing zero waste this week but I will really try to cut down on the rubbish I produce and rethink about those items that would go in the bin – or even the recycling boxes.
With this in mind I started with something very small this morning – a school badge:
My children go to a lovely nurturing village school and one of the things they do at the start of every school year is ask to be a member of a various school council group (School Council, Class Council, Celebration, Food and Sport Councils). Having three children who have, at various times, been on all of these councils means there are a lot of badges that come into our house and only last a year.
I’m not a great one for keeping lots of things for sentimental value and the badges end up hanging around in the bottom of drawers, boxes etc. This school year I was determined to return the badges so that the school could re-use them. In the end I could only find this Class Council badge which my middle daughter had worn last year. Ironically her younger sister has just been given a Class Council role so may end up wearing this very same badge by the end of the week!