Week #1 WASTEDuring the first phase of every theme we're focusing what we do well. This week is an easy one for the Haze Family because I think we've done a pretty bang-up job at reducing our waste and have already converted over many wasteful habits.
To start, we looked at this list of ways from Jen, my coach, on how to minimize waste. I've bolded the ones we could do more of and starred the ones that are rare events for us or things that happen very infrequently.
- You pack literless lunches
- You have a backyard composter or a city compost program
- You upcycle instead of throwing things out
- You chose to buy items that come in glass or metal rather than plastic
- You have switched to electronic bills
- You have opted out of phone books* just did this - OPT OUT HERE
- You have opted out of flyers*
- You switched a magazine subscription to online vs in the mail
- You purchase those products that generate the least amount of waste
- You bring your own mug for coffee*
- You bring your own containers for takeout*
- You stopped using paper towels and made your own
- You stopped using saran wrap
- You use cloth napkins
- You use a reusable napkin
- You use a menstrual cup
- You bring your own bags to the grocery store
- You switched to bar soap from liquid soap
- You buy in concentrate
- You meal plan to reduce food waste
- You recycle
- You reuse plastic bags from bread and cereal
- You save toilet paper rolls for crafts
- You freeze leftovers to prevent them from going bad
- You use cloth diapers
- You breastfeed
- You use rechargable batteries
- You donate used items to charity or give them to another Mom
- You buy used clothing and other goods
I've still got some thinking to do before the end of this weekend on how to reduce our waste even further for week #2 of the challenge.
:: I've already been more conscious of what we're actually putting in the garbage because I think I can take our recycling even further. I forget that plastic bags from bread and other products can be recycle. I've also been saving scraps of paper for our compost, which help provide air pockets for between the layers, encouraging better breakdown and eventually better soil.
:: I'm going to get Matt to switch the hydro bill to just online - pretty sure that's the only bill that comes in the mail.
:: We also need to cancel the paper being delivered to our door. The paper girl must have switched because I managed to get the previous one to stop delivering. Looks like we need to track down the new one and contact the paper to officially get our names off of the list. If we need newspaper to help with the compost, we can just raid our neighbours recycling on Wednesdays. There's about 100 bins for us to go through if we really need it.
:: Today I made soap with a friend which should last us 6 months - a year. By making our own soap we spent about 2$ a bar and we know exactly what went into making them. No super unsustainable palm oils or plastic! Hurray!
:: I even thought about how wasteful it was to compost the orange peels from feeding Rowan some orange this week. Going to try making these
Check out my other blog posts on how I've started to minimize our waste.
Adventures with the Diva Cup
Starting our Backyard Compost
Giveaways / Donations
Soap, Lotion and other DIY projects that minimize waste and don't indulge in shitty chemicals
When it comes to waste, what is your family doing really well?