Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. I have a Christmas cold so haven’t gone anywhere or purchased anything in several days.
  2. Bought no new gift wrap this year. We largely reuse gift bags but, confession, we did use some gift wrap that was already in our possession.
  3. I am mapping out plans to institute more practically waste free ideas in my home next year!
  4. We ate all of the sticky rolls we made for Christmas morning. I know, a true hardship, but these super easy sticky buns from Minimalist Baker are just so delicious I had to mention them.
  5. I wanted to make our guest sleeping area a little more user friendly so I shopped in-house and found a nightstand for next to the bed and used a cedar chest with a blanket on top as a suitcase stand.
  6. We passed along some household items that we no longer needed.

Happy New Year!

Practically Waste Free Actions

Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. We ran errands in the car yesterday and left it parked today.
  2. We walked through a park today to go to the market where we bought vegetables.
  3. The cloth bag we brought to the market is probably 15 years old and still going strong.
  4. I’ve been eating fruit for breakfast.
  5. 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.

Practically Waste Free Actions

Trip Successes

imageWe 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:

  1. When we ate out we ordered dishes to share and left very little behind.
  2. 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.
  3. We brought reusable plates, bowls, and silverware (the plates are actually stainless steel pie plates). We drank water out of stainless steel water bottles.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

 

Trip Successes

At Random

  1. We emptied the dining room of nearly everything so we could paint the ceiling. I like the room so much better with so little in it that I think most of the stuff will need to find a new home. Perhaps painting is the way to clear out what is no longer useful.
  2. I made pizza dough yesterday and let it rise once on the counter then stuck it in the fridge. We didn’t have time to make pizza last night (see #1) so it sat in the fridge and rose again. I was worried it would be flat when we baked it up tonight but it was crisp and perfect.
  3. When polyester fleece is washed it releases micro plastics that end up in our water. Do I stop using the fleece I have and, if so, do I get rid of it? Wash the fleece less and use it until it is unusable? Anybody have an answer??
  4. We are getting a new-to-us piano tomorrow. So excited!
  5. I have a stack of cookbooks in the living room (again see #1) that I plan to go through and keep only the ones that I use for 5 or more recipes.
At Random

Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. We are painting the dining room walls below the chair rail. I am using the same paint as we used elsewhere in the house, washed my brush after each coat instead of using a plastic bag, and painted right from the can. I also skipped the roller because I can’t seem to clean them well enough to reuse.
  2. We made homemade pizza for dinner. I made the crust the night before and let it rise in the fridge.
  3. I am slowly filling bags for donating with books we won’t read again and other bits and bobs from around the house that we don’t need.
  4. I ate leftover soup and these chickpea flour omlets for lunch (I made mine a small pancake size and skipped the black salt). Delicious!
  5. I have a meal plan for dinners and am now working on lunches and breakfasts.
Practically Waste Free Actions

Happy Things

  1. I finished knitting a cotton market bag for an unknown recipient at Christmas. I am happy it is finished and happy to move on to knitting something else.
  2. We returned from vacation to some bright red tomatoes in the garden. They are a delicious lunchtime treat!
  3. A happy afternoon spent crafting wind chimes with baked clay. A little flour, salt, water, and some ancient food coloring (I don’t actually put it in food) and we had a few hours of entertainment.
  4. We had leftover macaroni and vegan cheese sauce with roasted broccoli for dinner. Tasty and easy!
  5. My compost bin seems to be turning my food and yard scraps into compost. I am very excited!
Happy Things

Practically Waste Free Actions

  1. Used the library today instead of buying new books.
  2. Using chickpeas for dinner that I had cooked in the slow cooker and froze a couple of months ago.
  3. Worked on a homemade Christmas gift with supplies I already had.
  4. Used the back of an envelope to make a list instead of a fresh piece of paper.
  5. 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.

Practically Waste Free Actions