An idea hatched by Erika and KMKat, who roped me in as well. We figure this way there’s a blog on each coast and one in the middle of the continent putting it out there. (so I lifted the code right outta kat’s page for the challenge…)
anyone else who is interested to
reduce the amount of trash
produced by our/their household.
Erika has some a great table of alternatives, including some FAQs and a very interesting bit about how when Ireland starting charging for plastic grocery bags, usage dropped 94%!
Like Kat, I am also certain that I cannot achieve zero waste, but I figure I’ll try to reduce what we do produce, and maybe you will too. In addition, I’d say we should all think about our impacts on our environment. So blather about this on your own blog, spread the idea, your friends, your family, your coworkers.
Some things we do, and maybe you do also
- live close (w/in 5 miles) to where we work and shop
- hang laundry to dry
- recently got a water savings front loading washing machine (less water in means less out in the gray water)
- don’t drive megavehicles
- use cloth grocery bags (well, I do…)
- re-use the plastic grocery bags
- recycle at work
- return bottles, home and work
- re-use loads of paper at work (including using the maps as gift wrap)
- purchase used clothing
- donate outgrown or unwanted clothing
- make rags out of things like the trashy t-shirts
- repurpose things
- use the library a lot
videos, oops dvds
- keep the house relatively cool
- use lunch boxes
This is where a lot of clothes get dried, especially in winter,
It is a re-purposed re-purposed item… originally a pool skimmer handle, with a garden rake attached at the end (for sampling aquatic vegetation), and now primarily a clothes hanging rack. This is the ell to the house, and there’s a wood stove here, so things do dry fairly quickly.
I tried some new laundry soap that I got at the common ground fair, and now it is my preferred soap,
and the packaging is compostable! (or in our case burnable…) I was told that I don’t need the full tablespoon per load, so often I use half, and things get clean. In addition to this being an environmentally friendly product, it is hugely economical.
Some things we could do better
- compost (I have a long story about this)
- get a worm bin
- doggie doo composting
- shorter showers (I’m all about this, but the 13 year old? Not so much, I figure at least he’s bathing)
- walk not drive (but then there’s that time thing)
- use re-usable grocery bags more (it would help if I would keep them in the car, and if I could get DH to use them)
- get/make re-usable produce bags
- use the one cup coffee press more (verus the one cup melita, unless I can find a metal #2 filter)
- maybe replace the 25 year old refrigerator?
So, what about you?
I’m thinking that maybe this can come out and the worm bin could go on a shelf here,
another reason I shouldn’t cut my own hair
I am long overdue and was feeling a little crazed, so off came an inch or so. It’s not bad, but I’ll be at my hairdresser friend’s within the next couple weeks. It’s that time thing. I love her, but she’s 20 minutes away! But I’m glad she got her own shop and it works out great for her.
I’ve always wanted to go red (I have been told repeatedly by my hair friend that it is not a good color for me), but not by drizzling my own blood through my hair. One of these days I’ll just do it… after all, it grows.
The hand pics are for Vicki who has a thing about palms… Mine have been wrinkled like this since I was a kid. And I dunno, never had a “reading”, but I’d say those lifelines are all screwed up. What can that mean???
(banners and buttons courtesy of Erika and Kat’s son Matt… download and use if you want to blab about it).