Cutting Household Waste In Half

When I began my research for the Scary Modsters World Improvement Project I vowed to practice what I preached. I would find more ways to help charities and I would live by the Earth-saving tips that I shared. I hoped it would make a difference, but I didn’t expect to actually see it. However, the fruits of my efforts became clear when I took the trashcans to the curb.

Three people live in my house, and by the time our weekly trash day rolls around our can is full—like spilling over full. However, through a few small actions we have cut our contribution to landfill in half. Here is what we did:

  1. Started taking a travel mug to the coffee shop. This saved us from using paper cups and plastic lids. This also reduced our contribution to carbon emissions from the creation of said products by 1-2 pounds a week.
  1. Got serious about composting. I added a third trashcan in our kitchen just for green waste. It’s amazing how quickly that thing fills.
  1. Used one of the many old plastic bags we have to capture discarded plastic wrap and bags. Most people know you can recycle the plastic bags you get in stores, but you can also add in any crumpable plastic, like plastic wrap and bread bags.
  1. Stopped using paper towels and paper napkins and switched to rags and cloth napkins. I was surprised at how little this ads to the laundry.
  1. Scooped the cat box more often. Everyone in my house is allergic to natural cat litter, so we have to use the bad stuff. Once we started scooping it out daily instead of waiting for the box to need changing we saw that we were actually using far less of the nasty stuff, which meant we were throwing less away.

That’s it! All of these painless changes added up quickly. Each little effort made its own contribution, then added up to one big one. Why didn’t I do these before? Truthfully, I was too wrapped up in life to see the big picture. I am now on the lookout for more simple changes. If you know of one, please share it!


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