I have now been away from my little homestead for...um...four months now. It has not been easy and I miss my family and my little outdoor space.
I have been trying to save money while I am away but I am also trying my best to continue to be a good steward of our earth. I think that often times when we are traveling or out of our element we can tend to drop our expectations about recycling and reusing. I am trying my absolute best to not drop my abilities to recycle or help to keep trash out of the landfills.
1. Recycling all my plastic bags. At home I always have ziplock bags. And I don't usually reuse them. So since I have been here I have been trying my best to change those habits. I realized that I could save money and plastic by trying to clean out the ziplocks and reusing them a few times. I rise them out with soap and let them air dry in the dish rack. If they are not reusable for food I have still been cleaning them out and then using them for poop bags for my dog. I have also started to try and reuse the produce bags that I get that the grocery store. instead of ripping them open when I get home I carefully take out the food and then use them for poop bags or to take a sandwhich to work in. The more I am able to reuse a bag the less plastic ends up in our landfills.
|My little travel bottles I have been using to travel with |
and replace with soaps etc. from larger containers.
2. Reusing my plastic travel size bottles over and over again. I have a ton of those small shampoo bottles from stays in hotels etc. Since I have been on the go so much I try to rinse those out and save them. Anytime I go somewhere I try to refill those with the stuff that I already have. This way I am not always throwing away tiny plastic bottles but also saving money by not going out and buying the travel size everytime I want to go somewhere.
|I love the way this place makes recycling items so organized|
and clear about what goes where.
3. The building that I am staying in for work has a really confusing recycling program and I am not totally convince that everything is being properly recycled. Recently I noticed that the place where I am working has a very clear and well marked recycling system in their office. I have started to bring a few items at a time over there so I know that I am properly recycling my glass and plastic bottles. Granted under my sink gets a little full since I don't want to bring all the bottles there in one trip but each day I bring a bottle or two to recycle and I feel good knowing that my waste is being properly recycled.
What small things do you do in order to help keep trash out of landfills? I would love to hear about them and even try to incorporate them into my life.
Until next Time,
Consume More, Buy Less, Reuse.