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The Zero Waste Home

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Did you see the Today show segment on the Zero Waste Home today?  Oh my gosh, I’m SO impressed with this family.  They have two children and created a handful of garbage over a 6 month period. I feel like I create a handful of garbage at every meal, which is just awful. 

There are a few things that would be pretty impossible for Mike and I to do like composting (where the heck can I keep a composter with worms in an apartment?).  I also don’t like the idea of tooth powder  or making my own soap and laundry detergent . . . BUT I think I could handle the following (an actually already do most of this):

Buy in bulk or at the counter (see Zero Waste Grocery Shopping), bring reusable bags (dry goods), jars (wet items such as meat, deli, fish, cheese, oil, peanut butter) and bottles (liquids: oil, soy sauce, shampoo, conditioner).

Shop the farmer’s market: they’ll take the egg carton and the berries baskets back for reuse. Your veggies will also most likely be free of plastic and stickers.

Use worn-out clothing items made into rags on your un-washable messes (wax/auto grease/glue/caulk).

Dry on a line when possible.

Start your personal junk mail war, cancel your phone directories, and sign up for electronic bills and statements.

Reuse single-side printed paper for printing or making notepads held by a metal clip, reuse junk mail response envelopes and buy recycled paper products, packaged in paper.

Written by bevanddara

April 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

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