We all want to put wonderful stuff into our home, but what about stuff coming out from our home?
We all live in a form of space of rooms; bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and storage.
We all in a way functional the need of our living.
We all sleep in our bedroom so there are duvets and cushions, we cook and eat in the kitchen so there are a refrigerator, an oven and a kitchen waste bin.
We all have a point in our life that we start to fantasizing a life in an apartment we own with decorations we like. We start with this fantasy with things that we could put inside; the furniture, the homeware and the food we were going to cook.
It is all about the inputs, what we seem to never think about is the output of our life. What is coming out from your apartment every week?
Every time we shout the door behind, no matter the bathroom or the kitchen, once we shout it, we kind of put everything about it into the small space behind the door and ignoring the existence of such.
The only times that we put consideration into our bathroom and kitchen is when there was a need for us to go shopping for toilette paper and bin bags.
Shamefully, kitchen waste does not even occur to me when I go grocery shopping since most of us kind of only associate groceries with the cooking preparation of delicious food and other images of various lifestyles such as choices of an ice-cream or a frozen yoghurt.
In recent years, we definitely see more conversations and discussions had been carried out attempting to a much larger audience. It has been more than just TED talks, governmental speeches and data releases, we see more commercials concerning household waste, eco-friendly packagings and there are certainly much more global companies such as L'oreal, and Mark&Spencer are putting efforts on a more sustainable way of running their production lines and sales.
L’Oréal Paris has announced its expansion into the natural hair care category with its new Botanicals Fresh Care range with replacement of Silicones
We started to think in a way that these globalised companies and domestic retails are taking the responsibility of changing at least something from their previous production into a better version and the best and easiest thing we could do is to consume from companies and brands that we trust.
In this way, things should get much easier, however, in the latest statistics from the UK Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs claimed that the recycling rate for 'waste from households' has dropped for the first time in 2015, and the data for how much was UK household waste was enormous, 22.2 million tonnes of waste was generated by households in England, and this number excludes the rest of the UK such as Scotland and islands like Jersey.
Getting back to our discussion of food and kitchen, just on the waste of food, the UK throws away 13 billion pounds worth of food each year, and it is suggested by professionals, at least 4.4 million tonnes of households food waste in 2015 could have been eaten. No matter how sustainable is the packaging and production method, if we throw away them without making it any use, then it only counts as waste. Which makes so many of us hypocrites that we didn't want to be in the first place.
One of the other thing that we need to put consideration to are food labels, especially the expired date, as soon as an expired date appears on the packaging, we automatically assume that the food will no longer be edible. As times gone by since we have expired date, we have lost our ability to tell by looking and smelling whether the ingredients are edible or not. And that ability used to be such an important skill we get in our daily life, the youth are so used to shop in supermarkets and adapted to the idea that ingredients come in a plastic bag, washed, no dust and with an expired date. We lost track of how to keep ingredients, how to select them and therefore, we make wrong choices on whether or not we should throw something away.
WRAP UK, one of the most recognised organisation in sustainability suggested the average UK household wasted £470 worth of food, which went in the bin when it could have been eaten.The avoidable food waste generated 19m tonnes of greenhouse gases over its lifetime - and preventing that pollution would be equivalent to taking one in four cars off UK roads.
It is up to our choices of what we put into our homes, and it is undoubtedly also our responsibility of what comes out from our homes every day. There are still so many things for us to think about before we say that we have tried our best to protect and support the environment. And it all starts within our homes.