Happy New Year Everyone!!!! Kyle and I decided to try one more time to have an absolutely garbage free household for one month. We tried from April 2004- November 2005 and then gave a concentrated effort from November until January 2006. During that time we never succeeded in totally cutting out garbage, but we only produced about 2 black garbage bags full which we kept in the house for the duration of the project. For a year, we took a break- a chance to relax, cool down, re-organize etc. We did not go on a garbage binge (though some days it felt like it to me), but continually produced about 1 small grocery bag full every two weeks. Now it’s 2007 and we’re back in business! Anyone want to join us? If so, here are some tips:
1. Carry a garbage free kit with you that includes:
a hankie, some plastic bags, a Tupperware container, a reusable tea or coffee mug in a cloth shopping bag or backpack.
2. If you don’t know what it is already, figure out what you vice or your comfort food/activity is. Don’t try to cut it out -making no garbage is a big enough project without without exoerience withdrawal. Figure out how to make it or buy it without producing garbage. My vice is chocolate so I found a place to buy it fair trade and package free (Dufferin Grove Market) or just package free in bulk stores.
3. Pre- plan
Going garbage free is easier if you think ahead. Make sure you have the groceries you need before the bulk stores close, bring snacks with you, make bread and crackers for the week on Sundays4. Get to know people in markets, at stores etc. Tell them what you are doing and if they are supportive, go back frequently. It will be much easier on you! You can refer to my lists of trash free friendly businesses for a start!
5. Email me!!! I’ll help you and you can help me. If we have a community of people, it will be sooooo good!