#HaltonWasteChallenge Week 22

Hello Friends of Halton Green Screens!

Sorry for disappearing for a while, my pregnant immune system does not work like I would like it to.

Since I last posted, I’ve really settled into a routine with the challenge. For the most part it just feels like the natural thing to do. Even in those difficult moments when I want to eat forbidden foods, the prominent thought in my mind is that only a few short months ago I didn’t think much of buying foods with disposable packaging. My hope now for my baby’s future is that kids will say to their parents, “Really? People used to buy their food in garbage?”

There has, however, been the occasional moment of weakness. The other day I was out with Neelan and I finally gave in to a fast food craving I’ve been having. There was no landfill waste, but there were two paper-based packaging items that were “excess”. Both came home to go in our compost bin.

On other occasions, I have forgotten to bring enough reusable containers. At a work lunch several weeks ago, I left with a handful of red peppers and lemon slices because I didn’t have a compost container with me. I got a weird look from our server and an offer of a takeaway container, but when I turned it down he was supportive. His response was, “Oh yea, I guess that would produce waste.” I hadn’t told him about the challenge, but I suppose he either heard us talking about it or knew that I had gone up to the counter to make sure there wouldn’t be straws in our waters. Or who knows, maybe he recognized me from the paper 🙂

Aside from that, there have still been items that break, and I have the occasional nightmare about producing waste or being given items with lots of garbage. On my next post I will try to remember everything that has broken and make a list. It’s like I am being tested – I have never had so many things break in such a short period of time. Some of them it turns out I can live without, others (like my whisk and garlic press) I will replace pretty much the day the challenge ends. With secondhand items of course 🙂


The Baby Showers

Neelan and I had our baby showers the last two weekends. I was a little worried about the waste that would come out of it, but we are very lucky to have such amazingly supportive friends and family. Our moms and sisters made most of the food, and brought almost no decorations. The one small decoration (a sign that said “Baby G”) was made from letters left over from someone’s wedding shower.

With the exception of one or two gifts, everything brought by our guests was secondhand and often accompanied by a card made from scraps and wrapping paper made from old newspaper or a secondhand blanket. I am so grateful for that support. Completing this challenge while pregnant (and half of it with a baby) would be so much harder without such a supportive environment.


The coming months

Baby G, who is both my biggest complication and my biggest motivation for the #HaltonWasteChallenge, should be joining us on Earth Day, in just over 6 weeks. My last day of work will be April 1 but I will continue to write the blog and will still publicly weigh my landfill waste at our October waste-themed events.


Don’t forget, share with us about your own pledge to join the #HaltonWasteChallenge! Start with just one small thing, and let us know how it goes!


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