Where does all of our trash go? I started thinking about that on my walk with my dog. As I walked through the neighborhood, I saw trash thrown into the grass, on the street, etc. As long as it is out of our sight, we don't really think about it. Our community has a trash pick up two times a week. And at each trash pick up we always have our "fair share" of trash. We should not have that much trash. So today I decided to do something about it. I thought about how I could eliminate the amount of trash our family produces. I would start with paper trash. Our paper trash is huge. I would say we go through 2 rolls of paper towels and 1 bag of 250 napkins a week. Waste. Waste. Waste.
So, today, I went out and bought 50 terry towels and 36 cloth napkins. The terry towels cost me $12.99 total. I go through 2 rolls a week, so these will pay for themselves in a little more than 6 weeks. I spent $44.00 on 36 napkins. I should recoup this cost in just 13 weeks. Although I didn't do this for the cost savings, I like that I won't have to buy them anymore.
I am trying to brainstorm more simple ways to reduce trash, perhaps look for food co-ops where I can buy in bulk and not use packaging. That may be a bit more difficult.
Does anyone have ideas for eliminating trash?