I haven’t put trash out in almost two months. As requested by Mary Ann who asked, “But don’t you have one single post showing how you’ve done that?” Twelve things that are working to keep the trash out of the bin (and therefore the landfill) since we started this blog:
Every day is a new journey, and another chance...
1. The compost. I rarely throw anything food wise in the garbage. Even pizza boxes and fish bones go in. And I’m saving the drained fat off my meat to make soap. (Future post!)
Big, fat, healthy grubs! OMG! Aren't they disgusting? I LOVE them!
2. The garden. We’ve grown so much of our own produce, we’ve decided to expand the garden in the spring.
3. Shopping at the farmer’s market. They don’t wrap their fruits and veggies in plastic.
4. Buying in bulk. We found the Heritage Store in Norfolk and Whole Foods in Jacksonville. It only reduces waste though IF I bring my own small mesh bags to fill.
5. Trimming meat consumption. We’ve cut down how much meat we eat for the simple reason it’s always packaged. Fish is easier to find not packaged and if they do wrap it, it’s in compostable paper.
See the olive oil squirter?
6. Shaving with olive oil. My husband now shaves with olive oil (refilling the same bottle) instead of buying shaving cream aerosol cans– which are difficult to recycle. I still use soap.
7. Making my own food.
I now make my own granola, marinara sauce, salsa, bread, breakfast muffins, snack mixes, tortillas, oatmeal, beans, juice, and soups. That means no more granola bar wrappers or glass marinara jars or plastic tortilla bags to throw out. I make the juice straight from the fruit and buy the beans in bulk = no packaging. To keep from spending hours in the kitchen, I adopted the crock pot as my new best friend. That’s why I started the crock pot blog
in the first place!
Making marinara sauce.
8. Reusing, reusing, reusing. And THEN finding another use for it.
reusing Ziploc bags. By washing them out and reusing them, I haven’t bought any since 2008. When they no longer close, I store tape or pens in them to help me find things in my junk drawer or separate make-up pieces in the bathroom. B)
My coffee cans serve as food scrap holders on my kitchen sink or for nails in the shed. C)
I save any plastic bags I might accumulate for my mother when she takes her dog for a walk. We also use them as trash bags, since we don’t have enough trash to fill anything more than a small grocery bag. D)
I reuse the boxes I receive in the mail for anytime I need to send something out. E)
I make my business cards out of cardboard I cut out from food or beer boxes. F)
I discovered Polish Mom Photographer
does the same with super crafty ideas. These are oatmeal boxes and cans
she reuses. These are her decorative bowls made of newspaper
. And her recycled magazine mirror frames
. The woman is a genius.
9. Switching products. We switched from Kleenex to handkerchiefs. From lighters to matches. And from electric toothbrushes to Preserve toothbrushes– made from recycled yogurt cups that you send back in to the company once you’ve finished with it.
10. Recycling tops.
Almost all recycling centers refuse tops. Aveeda Salons
will take all tops except prescription bottle tops and use them to make hair product containers. Caps n Cups
will take clean bottle caps and number 5 plastic.
11. Using leaves and/or pine needles as homemade mulch. No more plastic bags from the hardware store.
12. Stopping the consumption. We’re only buying what we “need” and not what we “want” for six months out of every year. We’ve down-sized. This year we made the distinct decision not to take part in holiday madness, requesting that we did not want any gifts. We do not need anything. The more we accumulate, the more pressure it puts on me to get rid of when we pack up and move….again.
There are more, but they are being arranged in posts to come!
And how I still feel about all of this?
Yeah, pretty much like that.
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