- We ran errands in the car yesterday and left it parked today.
- We walked through a park today to go to the market where we bought vegetables.
- The cloth bag we brought to the market is probably 15 years old and still going strong.
- I’ve been eating fruit for breakfast.
- I put some dinner leftovers on top of a salad for lunch.
Waste free grumble: Have you ever noticed how much plastic packaging comes with new windshield wipers? Windshield wipers are not at all optional so am not sure what others do about this (other than not own a car).
I would love to be inspired by some of your waste free actions.
We were recently on the road for about 5 days and I was striving for some waste free successes. Two nights were in hotels and 3 were in a kitchen-less cabin. A few ways we worked to reduce our waste:
- When we ate out we ordered dishes to share and left very little behind.
- We brought our camp stove and cooked out all but two dinners. We also used it to heat water to make coffee in our French press. The coffee was transferred to travel mugs for consumption. There is really nothing better than making coffee outside in the morning.
- We brought reusable plates, bowls, and silverware (the plates are actually stainless steel pie plates). We drank water out of stainless steel water bottles.
- Each day I brought a bag with lunch food and assembled lunch at our destination. Kids used reusable containers to eat out of and I just ate my sandwich out of hand (we are super fancy in case you couldn’t tell).
- We washed up dishes in our room/cabin and dried them using the cloth dish towels I brought with us.
There are certainly things we can work on to reduce waste when traveling (and yes, traveling itself is not waste free) but that is a post for another time.
- Used the library today instead of buying new books.
- Using chickpeas for dinner that I had cooked in the slow cooker and froze a couple of months ago.
- Worked on a homemade Christmas gift with supplies I already had.
- Used the back of an envelope to make a list instead of a fresh piece of paper.
- Used cloth towels to mop up the messes that seemed to happen everywhere today.
Just back from vacation and trying to get back into the swing of things. I will post a practically waste free trip edition soon because, while I still have a ways to go, I am pretty pleased with how little waste we produced this trip.