Green Living Naturally Reduces Trash

 

 

As I was rolling my trash bin to the curb earlier this week, I grinned from ear to ear. I was incredibly happy over its contents. No, I had not completed my spring cleaning nor organized my garage … I was just nearly “trashless.” For the last several weeks, the amount of trash my husband and I generated could be held in one hand. Had I not had the occasional nasty plastic wrap from meat or miscellaneous bones that caused odor, I could probably – at least at this rate – go a year or more without having to empty the bin. But my accomplishment wasn’t intentional. I mean, I didn’t set out specifically to see how little trash I could generate. What I did do, however, was be vigilant about living green.

Fewer Consumer Goods – I have made a vow to delay purchases as long as I can. Not to save money necessarily, but to reduce my carbon footprint. For example, just because my toaster oven has a hunk broken out of the crumb tray and the glass has discolored over the years, I continue to use it anyway. When I do have to purchase something, I often buy used. Unless you’re talking about underwear or toothbrushes, used is just as good, and you do save a lot of money in the process.

Kitchen Waste – I’ve almost always had some sort of composting operation at my house, but this past holiday season I got uber serious. My husband bought me an awesome toy that allows me to compost virtually any kitchen waste, including small bone fragments. I LOVE it! About every two weeks I’m able to harvest a wonderful batch of nutrient-rich compost that is keeping my garden and landscaping looking fabulous.

Recycling – I’ve been one of the recycling police for years, so I haven’t seen a lot of incremental improvement in my actions here. Thank goodness my community lets me recycle just about everything, which dramatically cuts down on my trash output.

Donations – When it is time to clean out the garage (and believe me – I’m way overdue), very little will be trashed. It will either get donated or freecycled at the curb.

So even though I didn’t make it a priority to reduce my trash volume, by living a green lifestyle, it just naturally happened. Seeing the synergies that come from making green decisions is incredibly gratifying, and I’m still grinning from ear to ear.

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2 thoughts on “Green Living Naturally Reduces Trash

  1. That is so amazing and totally awesome Cherri!! I have such a long way to go! But at least the bones can go to the dog here. I try so hard, but still end up with way to many glass jars and bottles that I can’t possibly use, nor does anyone else want them.  I can say tho that we have virtually no cans, since we grow most, but plastic still seems to be a problem and I hate plastic. I’m talking about plastic containers and some packaging. I try not to buy anything like that, but it really hard sometimes. xox

    1. Pam – I am lucky to be able to recycle all my glass and plastic. .. besides plastic bags, of course, and I rarely get any of those since I always have reusable bags with me. And I agree – it is hard to not buy extra packaging. I hope that manufacturers will get on track soon and start packaging their products as minimally as possible.

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