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No More Garbage is about our (Sarah McGaughey and Kyle Glover’s) attempt to eliminate our household garbage production. We began in 2004, trying to get 31 consecutive days garbage free. We didn’t succeed, but we did keep the garbage we accidentally produced and after a year and a half, that was just under two black garbage bags full. We took a break for a year to rethink and regroup and now we are at it again, hardcore. From January 17th to March 1st, we will be garbage free. Kyle can make as much recycling as he wants and I can make one small bin full (about 6 litres). If I do end up with any garbage, I decided that I will wear it (like a hair shirt) and Kyle is convinced he won’t get any garbage.
We are looking for people to join us-you can make your own rules, we just want support. Plus being garbage free is time consuming and it would be great to have a community to share tasks with (I’ll make the rice milk, crackers and hankies, you make tortilla’s, bread etc.)
***Note: We have accomplished our above stated goal. I reached 31 consecutive days on Februrary 23rd and Kyle reached it on March 2nd. In the false starts, we collected 5 pieces of garbage, some of which are still waiting to be converted into something useful. I didn’t wear my pieces as a hair shirt- I decided I had enough guilt as it was. During the 31 days, we discovered I was pregnant and decided to make an exception for medical garbage, so we didn’t start over for needles, or bandaids or other medical trash aquired at the doctor. We still care about reducing garbage and we make about one small bag every three weeks. We found being completely garbage free in todays society wasn’t always the best choice ecologically, so now that we have completed our goal,we are trying to live with the smallest eco footprint possible in all aspects of life.
Over the past few years, I’ve found many green businesses to shop at (see Trashless Toronto) and picked up a few tricks of the trade, feel free to use this blog as a resource. Also, don’t hesitate to share your knowledge with me!