This year’s Zero Waste Week takes place on 4-8th September. This worthy initiative was founded by Rachelle Strauss in 2008. Its objective is to encourage individuals and companies to reduce landfill waste for a week. And you can do this by making changes that lead to more sustainable consumption patterns.
To date, Zero Waste Week has attracted participants in more than 80 countries, all inspired by its vision of sustainability. We all know that our planet is precious. In fact, that time is running out in terms of protecting our global ecosystems. We also know that the choices we make – and any changes we implement, however small – can make a big difference.
Food waste is a huge and growing problem. According to climate action NGO WRAP, the UK generates around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste each year. This comes at a cost of more than £19 billion. A significant part of that ends up in landfill, where it emits harmful greenhouses gases.
Under-sink waste disposal units (WDUs), which are growing in popularity, help to reduce the amount of food that ends up in landfill. They speedily grind leftover food into tiny pieces. These then make their way to water treatment plants, instead of rotting in landfill.
WDUs are also more hygienic than a caddy for scraps, such as vegetable peelings. Disposing of them in this way means there is no food waste and associated odours languishing in your kitchen. You also won’t have to worry about attracting insects and vermin when you leave it outside for the council to collect it.
Zero waste week isn’t just about food. The demand for filtered water shows no sign of a slow-down. But we’re all well aware of the perils of too much plastic. One solution is our filtered water taps. After all, these instantly reduce the need to buy water in plastic bottles. Did you know that this material can take anything from 20 to 500 years to decompose, depending on its structure and different environmental factors? So, even recyclable plastics have their drawbacks.
Our Puriti tap collection works by directing your existing cold-water supply through a filter, which includes activated carbon and lasts for around six months. During this time, it will process up to 6,000 litres of water, which translates into a reduction of 3,000 two-litre plastic bottles! That’s a big benefit to the environment and your household budget.
Filtered water taps won’t just help you on your Zero Waste Week mission. Our models incorporate a scale inhibitor that can reduce limescale build-up, prolonging the life of your kitchen tap. And because these specialist models remove chlorine and impurities, such as bacteria, rust and sediment, the water they provide may even taste and smell better, too.
How often do you make a cup of coffee or tea? Your kettle might be one of the smallest mini appliances in your kitchen. But it can use a lot of water and electricity. We tend to overfill and reboil them, and pour any leftovers in the kettle down the sink
According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, eight in ten Brits squander energy (and money) through overfilling. It’s a bad habit that wastes one of our planet’s most precious resources. This also costs us an estimated £742,000 per year.
Boiling only what you need protects the planet, and your pocket. Our hot water taps, such as the FOSSO 4IN1, are far more efficient than their kettle counterparts. They instantly serve up the exact quantity needed and you can use them to cook rice and pasta more efficiently, too. If you like to stay hydrated with hot and cold drinks, our advanced FOSSO 4IN1 tap also offers the best of both worlds.
This ultra-versatile model serves up regular hot and cold, filtered cold, and filtered 98° steaming water, all in one sleek, chic design. It incorporates water-conditioning technology for increased boiler protection. There’s also a sophisticated filtration system to improve the taste of hard water.
Approved by WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) for extra peace of mind, our FOSSO 4IN1 Steaming Water Tap is available in five different colourways. This model can also deliver up to 120 cups of tea or coffee every hour.
Meal planning and mindful shopping are great tactics for a successful Zero Waste Week. Once your groceries are home, storing them correctly in your fridge will help to keep them fresher for longer. Using your freezer efficiently will also help to save you time and money.
It’s worth looking at the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ initiative. It’s full of hacks, hints and guidance to make your food go further and help protect the planet. And organising your fridge correctly should be a key priority.
For example, keep raw meat and fish in the bottom – the coldest part of your fridge. Store foods that don’t need cooking on the upper shelves, and ring-fence your lower/middle shelve for dairy products such as butter, cheese and yogurt.
Other important elements to consider are size, capacity and “split” (your fridge/freezer ratio). Over-filling an appliance that’s too small for your needs disrupts the airflow. This also makes your fridge work harder to keep items at a safe temperature, so there’s more chance food will spoil. However, under-filling a big model is also not good, as your appliance will waste energy to keep all the empty space cool, too.
Spacious and stylish, our CAFF46GM French Door Fridge Freezer incorporates our signature Caple Cool air flow system. This is designed to maintain an even temperature and help food stay fresher for longer
Newer fridge-freezers can offer a range of different features that can all help to minimise food waste. Our CAFF46GM Gunmetal French Door Fridge Freezer, for example, incorporates frost-free, super freeze and super cool functions. Frost-free technology prevents the build-up of ice and helps to prevent your food getting ‘freezer burn’, thereby minimising waste.
Super cool and super freeze technology can be used to chill or freeze quickly and efficiently. For extra flexibility, this model even includes a special compartment which you can choose to act as a fridge or freezer, depending on your needs.
Batch cooking is brilliant way to eat well and save money. Combining it with careful meal planning is undoubtedly a recipe for a successful Zero Waste Week. And knowing in advance what you’re going to cook means you shop only for the required ingredients with no impulse purchases going to waste.
Cooking larger amounts of food to create more meals than you need in one sitting will save you time, and ensure there’s always something to fall back on in the fridge or freezer. If you batch cook using one base recipe that can be adapted, you can usually incorporate any leftovers too. All of this will help to save money on your shopping bill, especially as buying ingredients in bulk tends to be much cheaper.
Our Sense Premium C2601BS Smart Pyrolytic Single Oven is designed to make mealtimes easier and take the guesswork out of cooking – all of which helps to reduce food waste and save you time and money.
Our Sense Premium C2601BS Black Steel Smart Pyrolytic Single Oven is a really versatile model; it’s perfect for all sorts of different batch-cooking techniques. It offers 23 different functions, including fan heat, slow cook and eco grill. It’s even Wi-Fi enabled, to allow it to work with smartphone technology. That means you can control everything easily via our Caple Home app, where you can also store all your recipes. Best of all, keeping this oven clean is quick and easy.
Pyrolytic appliances heat up to carbonise baked-on spills into fine ash. So, there’s no need to rub and scrub when you’ve finished cooking. Simply choose a cycle duration of either 1:5hr, 1:30hr or 2:00hr. After cooling down to a safe temperature, the door will unlock. Then simply wipe down any residue with a damp cloth.
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