Sandy, Graham and Elliott from Southport took the Rubbish Diet with Karen for the ITV Tonight documentary “Throwaway Britain”. They slimmed their overflowing bin to just one small bag. Their big challenges were not being sure about what went where – especially plastics – and food waste. They managed to save themselves £10 a week on food by following Karen’s top tips.
They were amazed at how good slimming their bin made them feel. Graham said “When you lift it up to see such a little bag after two weeks its absolutely a joy. I never ever thought that the size of my rubbish bags would put a smile on my face.” Sandy agreed “I feel fantastic. I’m really proud of us as a family. I’m proud of myself as I was blamed as being the worst one, but as a family it’s because of good teamwork. Meet them on film here.
Sandy explained how things had changed “Recycling for our family has become away of life. We now don’t have to question what waste needs to be recycled and where it should go. The hurdles we still face daily – as most people do – are packaging of food and containers. I try and buy food every other day and fresh produce only. I take my own lifetime bag and purchase loose fruit and vegetables – enough for only 2 days! Our food waste is shrinking and I compost all peelings with our garden waste. Our dog Coco recycles any leftover healthy scraps from meals and I also use some in school packed lunches when possible.
“Our bin is still 95% smaller than it was – thanks to Karen and the Rubbish Diet!”