Real Food Tips: 10 Ways to Be Less Wasteful
It was slow, but over the last couple years we’ve been making small changes toward reducing waste which were motivated by the Zero Waste Family – and also the fact that after an entire year they only produced one mason jar full of trash. I’m the first to admit that we will come close to such an accomplishment, but I immediately realized we could do better than a huge garbage bag full of garbage.
We’ve all heard that we should Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, but my favorite “R” is actually one that I just recently learned about and that is to REFUSE. Say “no, thank you” to the free pencil at the trade show or resort, stop entering those raffle contests, and do not buy any more cheap plastic toys that you know that your child will forget about in 2.4 minutes! I strive to have all our rooms and closets arranged and clean, but guess what – I would have to spend a lot less of my time doing this cleaning and organizing if we had things! So I am doing my best to prevent those garbage bags full of garbage and Goodwill offerings before they even occur.
So in light of this new motto (and Earth Day!) Here are 10 ways we are working to “reduce” our footprint which others can easily embrace. Please share some of your ideas in the comments below.
1) Ditching paper napkins was something I believed for a very long time before I actually did it. Then once we made the change (and I understood how easy it was!) , I could not believe I had waited so long. The first step for me was to clear out a drawer in the kitchen to put away our new fabric napkins (they take up a lot more space than a little stack of paper ones). So I finally dedicated a day to eliminating more unnecessary stuff, ordered some attractive napkins which didn’t seem to hold a lot of wrinkles (because I knew ironing them was an unrealistic expectation), and came up with a new routine. We decided we didn’t want a “fresh” napkin each and every meal so in-between uses we would just hang our new colorful napkins on the back of our chairs. I also created a new spot in the laundry room for the ones that were dirty that I would just add to a load of laundry. Allow me to tell you what – this new routine is easy peasy and not only do we save money on not buying paper napkins, but we also enjoy the more “upscale” feel of using real napkins at the table!
Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:11:39 +0000
Source: Natural Foods