I’m a sucker for preserving jars. I store almost everything in them in the kitchen. I have recently discovered a local shop that sells all kinds of loose foods, so I can take my empty jars and stock up with loads of produce without contributing further to the waste mountains.
The Ailuna waste check dare encouraged me to have a look at how much waste I actually produce. I was pleasantly surprised! Most stays on-site for reuse, or is repurposed into something else. Almost everything else goes to recycling and the remaining rubbish fills a carrier bag once a month.
If I have the choice I buy food without packaging, in jars rather than tins because they’re easier to reuse. Cardboard and paper gets added to the compost. Bottles, tins and most plastic gets recycled if they have no immediate secondary use here. Any plastic bags get put back into my shopping basket and are refilled time and time again until they are full of holes and when they are no longer useful they go into the recycling as well.
Glass jars are always welcome especially portion size ones, I make a lot of sauces, compotes and ferments. I’m not that keen on jam but chutneys and pickles make very good use of my garden surpluses and if I haven’t got enough of anything, I make a trip to the market to make a decent batch. If I’m going to stir something for a couple of hours I want to make sure there is a decent amount to show for it at the end! Anything that I make too much of always comes in handy to gift, swap or barter for something else.