Baby Step 1: Reduce Waste (Going Green/Sustainable Living)
Challenge: Find 3 ways to reduce waste produced.
Why: (In her book, Stephanie first explains why each particular step is important.)
Landfills are being filled up at an alarming rate. Healthy Housekeeping states that "almost 100 landfills across the U.S. closed last year because they were crammed to the brim." One hundred landfills in one year in just one country! Not to mention the fact that our modern trash does not decompose quickly (or sometimes at all) and some is releasing toxic chemicals that come back to us through the soil and water.
How: Stephanie provided a list of 18 possible changes that a person could make along with online resources to research for even more. Some we had done already, others we hadn't even thought of. Here are our 3 waste reductions:
1. Paper Towel to Cloth Towels - We have always used cloth towels for hands and dishes, but still used paper towel for spills and things like that. Now we will be designating the more worn out towels and cloths specifically for spills/the floor/anything else we previously used paper towel for.
Paper towel roll we never refilled. Now what will hide my laundry hook up?
2. Disposable to Reusable Cleaning Products - I have always loved the effortlessness of a Swiffer Sweeper or disposable dry dusting mitt, but I do not love the extra waste. I have switched over to a washable and reusable Dry Mop and antibacterial Dusting Mitt from Norwex. (If you haven't checked out this company before, please do! Their purpose is to be good to the environment while still cleaning effectively.)
Dry Mop and Dusting Mitt by Norwex.
3. Keeping Glass Jars for Storage - Glass cannot be put into the recycling bin where I live, and because of this we had been throwing away the occasional emptied glass jar from jam, apple sauce, etc. We now wash and save these jars to use to store dry goods that we've bought in bulk or in place of a tupperware-style container for leftovers. I have even been bringing them home from my place of work.
One more change that I haven't made yet but am intrigued by is using cloth in place of toilet paper. I think I could only handle this for #1 incidents, but I am sure even that would make a difference over time plus save money by buying toilet paper less frequently.
There you have it! My first step down, only 25 more to go. I will be posting again on Sunday with Baby Step 2: The Wonders of Vinegar.
For now, are there any changes you have made or would like to make in reducing waste?