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Recycling, Reducing waste by reducing packaging, zero waste

Is zero-waste easier than recycling?

Recycling is good. Not having to recycle sounds better. I’m thinking like zero-waste is a lazy mans recycling. We don’t get the paper delivered there for we have no need to recycle it. Easy and lazy, right! If we don’t accept plastic bags from stores we don’t need to recycle them. When we bring our own cup to Starbucks… look you get my drift right? People feel so good about the recycling that they do and again that’s on the right path. What I’m trying to do in my household (slowly) is implement ways of getting around acquiring some of the waste in the first place. What if you didn’t have to remember to get the recycling out on the curb every Tuesday (or whatever day applies to you). I think the Green Cone we bought will help us eliminate our food waste but what about all the packaging?

We recycle every week. If we don’t get it out in time our laundry room looks like a bomb went off by the following week. Cereal boxes and the plastic liners are always in our recycling. Between the four of us our cereal consumption is very high. I’m trying to reduce our cereal box waste by making my own granola with ingredients we already have. I could also replace some of our cereal with brands that come in only plastic. If only Cheerios, Corn Bran and Life cereal (our main brands) came in Eco-Packaging then we would be able to really reduce our cardboard recycling. Unfortunately we need Cheerios to survive life as we know it 🙂

What is in your recycling bin that you’d be able to eliminate?


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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