The prevalence of disposable items is disturbing to me. I fall for it often myself, and lest I be a hypocrite, I need to come right out and tell you that we use DISPOSABLE diapers. There. I said it. I am making strides in other areas, though. Thanks to my recent phone call, I learned that we can recycle tin cans, glossy paper and cardboard. Keeping those items alone out of our trash bag will definitely make a difference!
At a recent gathering of moms, we somehow started talking about cleaning projects. I cringed when one woman said she uses a handful of the disposable wipes every time she cleans the bathroom, and when another mom said she buys the Gladware/Ziploc plastic containers so she can pitch them when she clears the fridge instead of washing and reusing them. This attitude is so common that I find it overwhelming to know when and how to speak up. I don't want to come across as judgmental or overly critical, nor do I want to act as if I am the poster child in this area (disposable diapers, remember?!) But it's also difficult to remain silent on something I care about. I know I have much progress to make, too, and I want to challenge myself to do more!
I found a couple of good websites that offered easy and practical ways to reduce trash here and here. I also appreciated A's recent post on how her family decreases the amount of garbage they produce. In a previous post, I talked about ways we're trying to waste less paper. Do you have other ideas for reducing the amount of garbage you throw away? I'd love to hear from you!