For those who are interested I did manage to walk to work yesterday, but I didn't manage it this morning. I was asleep when the alarm went off so got up a bit late, and those extra minutes were crucial to being ready in time to walk. I realised I shall need to see to the chickens quite often as hubby is going to be away a fair bit over the next few weeks, and he usually sees to them on the days I work in the morning. Can I get organised enough to make walking to work possible when he's away? Watch this space.
Today's challenge for No Impact Week is to eat locally and seasonally and avoid packaged and processed foods.
Well, Sunday we had the pizzas we bought in Waitrose, so they only had a bit of plastic film on that couldn't be recycled, the box and support were both cardboard. One of the pizzas was plain and one, bacon and mushroom, and I added sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts in jars, that needed using up as I'd opened them some time ago, plus olives and fresh red pepper.
Monday we ate a shepherd's pie made with Duchy Original organic mince, organic onions, carrots and parsnips, all from our Christmas Riverford delivery, so the parsnips needed using up. We topped this with organic mashed swede and potatoes from the same delivery and served it with delicious organic sprouts grown by us in our own garden.
Last night we had a quick dinner as I was working until 7.00 pm, so we had organic oven chips (they came in a plastic bag), with boiling bacon left over from New Year's Day, heated in the oven and poached eggs from our own chickens.
Tonight my daughter asked for jacket potato and I've decided I shall grate my organic potatoes with organic onions, adding home-grown eggs (almost, but not quite organic and free range) and organic oats that come from Ireland in a paper packet. This must be fairly environmentally friendly.
Today I also bought a couple of organic chicken breasts for Friday, scampi and breaded king prawns for myself, daughter and friend tomorrow a packet of grated mozzarella and a packet of four sachets of miso soup. There was quite a lot of packaging involved.
The chicken came in the usual stiff plastic container. Perhaps I should consider ordering meat from Riverford, but as we don't eat much and have to buy £25 worth I would have to freeze some of it. I prefer fresh food, but also we only have a smallish freezer compartment on the top of our fridge. I tend to buy food fairly often, so that it is fresh. I shall have to think about this.
The scampi came in a plastic bag, but daughter particularly asked for it. I shall have the breaded king prawns, which I wouldn't normally buy, but Waitrose say they are sustainably farmed, and they also come in a cardboard packet. Atlantic prawns would involve less airmiles in theory, but there are rumours that they are shipped to the other side of the world to be peeled, so it might not be the case. I thought the king prawns could be an environmentally friendly option because there have been problems with people in places like Bangladesh cutting down mangroves to farm tiger prawns, so encouraging those who farm sustainably seems like a good thing.
It seems impossible to buy mozarella that doesn't come in some kind of plastic packaging and if it is Italian, it will have travelled more than 250 miles. I could buy a lump of mozarella that is produced much more locally, but it comes in a plastic pot. The miso soup is a bit of an extravagance, so I don't drink it every day. I wish I could get the exact recipe in a pot, but I've tried better packaged varieties and they just don't taste the same. I'm not expecting to buy much more this week and my Riverford box should arrive on Friday, with lots of lovely organic vegetables for next week, in paper and cardboard packaging. They took a week off last week to enjoy a well-earned rest.
I could now tell all about our lunches this week, but I think this post is quite long enough. Suffice to say that on the whole we have been using up Christmas goodies and yesterday daughter and I used up almost all the pasta bake we made when my brother-in-law and family came last Thursday. I do take a metal drinks container to work with water or diluted apple juice and have a lunch box, which I use sometimes, but it is a bit cumbersome.
I'm probably not entering into this experiment as whole-heartedly as I could, but in part that is because I only became aware it was happening the day before it started so have not had time to prepare for it. Secondly I have given most of these issues a lot of thought over a number of years and know what does and doesn't work for me and my family. However, it has helped me to re-focus on these areas and I expect I shall look at them more closely over the coming weeks and months.
I'm a bit tired now, so hope this hasn't been too rambling. Hopefully my brain will be better engaged tomorrow, when it looks like I'm not meant to be using any gas or electricity, so I might pass on that - certainly not switching the heating off in this weather.