Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Don't throw that out!!


Yesterday and today were Staff Development days at work.  I'm now on holiday!  WOOHOO!!!! 🙌 On Development days we all bring in stuff for a shared lunch.  It's lovely and relaxed and there's usually enough food for both days.  But since we're now off until next Monday anything leftover will probably be unusable by next week.  The logical thing (well at least to me!) would be if there are leftovers from your contribution, take it home and use it up.

Nope!! Most said they didn't want it so a lot of perfectly good food went in the bin just because it had been opened!!  I managed to rescue some stuff but let's just say there was a lot of money went in that bin.  I'm sure my lovely colleagues already think I'm a bit mad but today I confirmed it for them. 

I rescued a packet of Parma ham that had only had 1 slice used, half a pack of strawberries, half a pack of grapes and about a third of a pack of chargrilled chicken pieces.  I brought home the leftover goat's cheese I took in.  I've just looked up the cost of each of these (I'm sad but curious 😉)  Parma ham £4, strawberries £2, grapes £2 and chicken £2.50.  I reckon the above food is worth about £6 or £7.  And it was just going in the bin along with stuff I just couldn't eat or use (like cakes, french bread, Brie)

Sometimes I forget other people don't think like me.  But I regularly read and hear people talk about not having enough money.  No wonder if they waste their cash by chucking out perfectly good food!

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  1. What a terrible waste. I'm glad you rescued some of it anyway.
    J x

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    1. If I had The Teenager at home I could have rescued more! It's more the attitudes I'm shocked by.

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  2. I'm trying to go for zero food waste this year - throwing perfectly good food away is criminal, in my view.

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    1. I think so too but it seems despite all the publicity about food waste the message is falling on deaf ears :-(

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  3. people are so quick to throw away food, well done you, I would have brought it all home as well.

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    1. Good to know there are other 'mad' people too ;-)

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  4. I agree and would have done the same. People just don't think...

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    1. Well, I'm going to try to make them think a wee bit more now

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  5. I have colleagues who complain about having no money etc but the same people buy food from the canteen each day and never bring food from home.

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    1. It costs £3.90 for an adult school dinner here and tbh they're not great quality. Quite a few staff members have a school dinner every day. That's £19.50 a week. One young colleague is saving for a deposit so she can buy her first home. She could be saving that money and bring lunch from home. *sighs*

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  6. I think we must be kindred spirits, Ali! By the way the pink hair is quite fetching. There was a trend going around last year called opal hair, which I wanted to do so badly, but didn't have the courage to do.

    Hugs
    Jane

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