My October challenge has not been going as well as I would have hoped in some ways. A busy schedule, poor planning, and unexpected events has led to more takeout and disposable coffee cups than I would like. But at home, at least, we have been keeping trash to a minimum. Fall dishes make it… Continue reading October Unpackaged: Discovering new trash-free meals
On my weekly grocery shopping trip Sunday I finally achieved a trash-free shopping trip! I did add a can of pumpkin to the cart after this, because I haven’t yet been able to find local squash to make pumpkin puree at home, even though we’re approaching mid-October. And, it’s worth noting that this was an… Continue reading A small success!
When I was doing my first month-long challenge in March, my Costco membership was up for renewal and I was debating whether I should renew. There is a huge difference between shopping bulk from the dry goods bulk bins and buying in bulk at Costco. Ultimately, I decided to keep my membership for now but… Continue reading Limiting your trash impact at Costco
Our home trash can remains mostly empty, so that is a good sign, even though the week overall had some hiccups. My planned menu for the week: Mediterranean platter with roasted caulflower, hummus, pita, fresh veggies, and olives. This was not a trash-free meal (pita bread bag recycled) but was designed to use up things… Continue reading October Unpackaged: Week 1
Since I did the original zero waste challenge in March, I have continued to make small changes to reduce trash, especially plastics. I got a reusable metal safety razor to use instead of disposables. I am about to switch to bar shampoo and conditioner, once our current stock runs out. I have kept using reusable… Continue reading October Unpackaged
I had a conversation a few weeks ago about someone who went on a trip to some Asian countries and returned feeling like nothing we can do on the individual level, like recycling or reducing household waste, really matters in the grand scheme of things. Looking at all the people still using plastic grocery bags… Continue reading We’re on our own
Bea Johnson has become sort of a modern guru of zero waste living. Her family has reduced their amount of trash to one jar full of trash per year. She wrote a book in 2013 about how her family changed their lifestyle to get to this point, and to share tips so others can learn… Continue reading Book Report Pt. 1: Back to the kitchen