Last winter I wrote a post about wanting to reduce the amount of trash our family generates. I included a quote from Dr. Matthew Sleeth that says that "the quickest measure of a household's waste is how much trash it makes." Yikes! I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and though I feel like we've taken some steps in the right direction, we still have a long ways to go!
One of the most recent things we've been doing is saving some of our fruit and veggie scraps/peels to give to horses owned by some friends from church. Nathan loves this solution, as do the horses and their owners. Of course, horses can't have all veggie scraps, but so far they've really enjoyed carrot peels, apple cores, celery ends and strawberry tops!
I had planned to participate in our community garden's composting program, but they decided not to start it this year. For now, feeding the horses is a win-win situation!
Our other recent eco-development is purchasing a solar-powered clothes dryer! =)
My sister's post inspired me to make this happen, and I talked to Eric about buying a retractable line like Monica's. Well, my problem-solving husband came up with a cheaper version, using rope, eye hooks, and carabiners! We spent just a couple dollars on this project, and will quickly re-coup the cost via energy savings! I confess I don't use it for all of our laundry--I'm not a fan of "crunchy" towels* or hanging our undergarments in such a visible place (we live on a corner), but as I've said before even little changes can make a big difference!
*I just read a tip in a book that suggested drying towels in the dryer for a few minutes and then hanging them on the line, but I haven't tried it yet. Has anyone else done that, or do you have other suggestions?