Friday, July 8, 2011

Our trash diet- week two

In case you've just recently started reading this blog and missed my first two posts on this topic, here's the scoop. My family is going on a trash diet as part of a program that's been organized by The Glad Products Company and Seattle Public Utilities. Before the diet began, I met with a waste diversion project manager to discuss our waste stream. Then, during the first week of the diet, I kept track of what we were producing.

So, here we are at the end of week 2.  I did not do a good job this week of keeping track of how many bags of garbage/food waste/recycling went out. One three-day weekend, and I'm all off on my routines! But we did start implementing some big changes this week, and so far the new habits are easier to stick to than I expected.

1. In place of diet soda and canned/bottled fizzy water, we've been drinking water and homemade iced tea.  This has had a doubly good effect- I'm drinking much more water, and we're not putting dozens of cans and bottles in the recycling each week.

2.  For my outings with the kids, I purchased and have started using some reusable snack/sandwich bags.  I found mine by doing a search on Etsy- I love supporting home businesses, and the choices there were both cute and very affordable. I got my reusable bags from this shop, for only $2.50 each! So far they've been very convenient, hold the snacks well, and have been easy to clean. And they take up a lot less space in my bag than plastic containers, and they're more eco-friendly than plastic bags. 

3. I'm working really hard at making sure that all of the things that can go into the food waste bin do in fact end up in there.  Sometimes the bin gets full and I don't remember to take it downstairs to the parking garage, or I'm just too lazy to reach down and open the compost bin.  But this week I've been making sure that I don't use those excuses!

So, that's what's going on here. This coming week I'll be sure to do a better job of counting our waste/recycling/compost bags- and I'm going to try to come up with some more ideas of how to cut down on our waste. I'm also going to start working on getting the kids to help me with this project- it's time that they start learning about recycling and composting!

Disclosure: I received products from The Glad Products Company and the home visit from CleanScapes to help with this blog program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.