Yeah, not so easy.
While we wait for the closing of the house, we reside in a hotel and tomorrow we’ll be nearing a month in this room. No furnished place to rent existed and in a town with a population of 5,000, we simply didn’t have much choice. And that’s okay. I thought I could do zero waste without much of a problem here, but it’s been the biggest challenge yet.
The biggest waste producer? FOOD and lack of a kitchen thereof. Though I brought two knives, a cutting board and my crock pot with me, I’ve had to purchase a good amount of microwave and deli meals. In the past weeks we’ve accumulated a good amount of recyclables, about 3 plastic grocery bags full and nowhere to recycle them.
The hotel doesn’t recycle as they said it isn’t worth the $15 charge and after storming the internet for ideas, I finally called the Chamber of Commerce and asked them what I could do…..since we aren’t official residents yet. (And there are no drop-off recycling sites in town.) Turns out, there are three in a neighboring town. Hmm, we’ll have to drive over this weekend and see how that goes.
Breakfast is offered in the hotel on paper plates (which I use multiple times). I like that they wrap nothing in plastic. It’s always the same, but it’s always fresh and they offer milk and juice. 🙂
Therefore, all my trash is pretty much food scraps (as I cannot compost here) and wrappers, paper plates, etc.
Oh, Lord. And diapers. Being on the road and living in the hotel didn’t allow room for my poop/pee buckets or the bulk of 40 cloth diapers. We could have done it but it would have made life difficult and pricey with constant washing of laundry. We used drying racks at home and there is no space for that here. I gave in and decided to use disposable diapers until we get in the house. It takes centuries for one diaper to disappear. (I’ve read between 200 and 500 years.) I think of that every time I change one and am in search of compostable ones that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
As we wait to get in our new home and the new daddy of the house goes off to work, I spend the day figuring out what to cook to feed us dinner and send him with lunch so we don’t have to eat out or keep from spending $80 at the one grocery store in town.
I snap pictures of this baby and get my fill of the History Channel. (Yay! Cable! We’ve been a year and a half without t.v. so it’s been quite indulgent here!) I do all this to procrastinate from sifting through about 500 unread emails. Eeek!
Yeah, life is an adventure.
- The Great Cloth Diaper Change: April 20th (blogher.com)
- Cloth for a Cause Helps Families In Need by Providing Cloth Diapers (prweb.com)
- 5 Tips to Make Cloth Diapering Easier Than It Looks (everydayfamily.com)
- Cloth Diapering Myth: Cloth Diapering Takes Up Too Much Time! Part 1. (dreamdiapersblog.com)