Waste Reduction Starts With Breakfast

The covid-19 thing has changed our lives immeasurably for the foreseeable future. Even as we start the day and way before social distancing, vaccine, viruses, and PPE kicks in there is one more quite significant change to my day.

New breakfast cereals has been developed on the home front. Initially spurred on by spurious news that supermarkets were reducing their own brand cereal offering in favour of the big boys brands; more expensive and full of additives that your body needs! The German discounters, that new brand of shops that were ripping the bits off the established big five were into a punch up. In the meantime our household were looking at options, one fuelled by necessity as the choice swung up and down, the other driven by a basic desire in the the reduction in waste.

I am one of the many who store cereal in tall plastic boxes. This has a major advantage in preventing the bits of cereal from migrating twixt the inner packaging and the outer carton. It has the undesired effect of demonstrating the effect of kinetic energy. The crunchy bits bounce around gradually destroying their shape and form like a meteor hitting a planet’s surface although with a tad less energy – even on a bad day. About three quarters the way through the wheatie bangs turn to dust. Thus the dust is blended by topping with new batch – not necessarily of the same variety, and this is where the fun starts. By the third derivative the cereal is on an entirely new form, taste, structure and appearance. My belief, as a consequence it now contains every life-giving essential vitamin know to to man.

The process of blending was learnt from my old Dad. He hated wasting paint and in the knowledge the quarter tin of paint from any project should be used less it slowly skinned over and set in the tin . Thus paint A was added to paint B and to paint C. This produced usable paint – known and smudge paint, that was liberally applied to all manner of garden tools and equipment. Various shades of purple were the main outcome and for years an every changing annual colour evolved. Wheel barrows, spade handles, and dibbers becomes inadvertently branded. Thus evolving cereal concoctions are second nature to we blessed with his DNA.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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