Monday, July 18, 2011

Our trash diet- week three

I'm a few days late with my trash diet update- I know you've all been on the edge of your seats with anticipation :) If you've missed my previous posts, here are the intro, week 1 and week 2.

So how did we do last week? I'm happy to announce that we have gone from producing five bags (13-gallon size) of recycling during the first week that I tracked, down to 3.5 bags. Our garbage production stayed the same, at 1 bag per week. And we emptied our compost pail twice last week, up from once the first week that I tracked.

The main way that we've cut back on waste has been by reducing our soda consumption. We were producing an enormous amount of recycling by drinking from single serve cans or 1 liter bottles.  I've stopped buying fizzy water entirely, and we've been drinking just water or water with some sort of flavoring in it.  For soda, I stocked up on 2-liter bottles when they were on sale last week.  When I came home from the store with them, I showed Daniel and mentioned that they were on sale, to which he replied "yes, and we'll have so much less in the recycling bin too." My family is thinking along the right lines!

I also started really working with the kids over the past week to teach them what goes into recycling and what goes into garbage and what we can put in our compost bin. They think it's great fun!

I'm really glad we had the opportunity to participate in this trash diet.  Little things add up, and I'd lost sight of that. It's nice to have had the reminder and to have had the nudging to develop some new habits that are healthy both for my family and for the environment.

Disclosure: I received support for this trash diet from Glad Product Company and from Cleanscapes.  Other than the instruction and items that I received, I was not compensated in any way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.