Friday was my 31st day of making no garbage! I really didn’t think it was possible, but I guess it is! Yaaaaaay! Kyle is continuing until March because of a beer cap he got on February 1st.
My limit on recycling got harder to abide by once I was pregnant and wanting gingerale and juice, but I still did it (just barely-as you can see here, my container is as full as it can get!)
Yesterday I went to Sobeys and bought some things I had been craving that came in packages : waffles, ravioli, crackers, cream cheese, perogies, juice and sorbet. I still put it in my own bag, but it felt weird buying packaged items. I felt like every one was watching me. On my way home, there was a siren and I was sure it was the garbage police!
I also walked to the Mall and bought myself some new pajamas. That also felt very weird, not just because of the little plastic tag, but because I haven’t bought anything new in so long, and they are also not fair trade or organic. Yes, I know, I am a bad person. I think I got it out of my system now.
So where do I go from here? I still want to make as little garbage as possible, but I am going to get organic milk again and some other things like that. We are going to date our garbage can so we keep track of how much we our throwing out over the course of the year and I am hoping to keep it down to the equivalent of one black (or green) garbage bag full. I also really want to write companies and try to get these three problems solved:
1. Tooth floss. Why can’t we make biodegradeable toothfloss and if it really can’t be done, are there good alternatives (like the runner picks on the end of old tooth brushes)
Why can’t you get them bulk or at least in more eco-friendly packaging. You can get almost everything else in bulk. I really want to convince someone to make crackers bulk too.
I used to drink water all the time- tap water with a slice of lemon. If I wanted a treat I would make juice. Now that I’m pregnant, I can’t drink water (really, I puke it up- may be it’s the fluoride?) and juicing enough juice to drink all the time is a big big job. I buy juice in glass containers and reuse them when I can, but there are only so many that I need. I know glass recycling is better than some other materials, but I would rather not have a new bottle every time. Why does juice not come in a big vat that we can fill our containers with?
I’ll continue to post about our progress here, but my 31 hard core days are done!!! My sister told her co worker what I was doing and the co-worker said “Isn’t that a disorder?” Sometimes being so extreme seemed like a disorder, but I hope someday it won’t be so extreme to make no garbage, it will just be normal. Ha, then I’ll be normal too!!!!!! Just imagine…….