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Nov. 15th is Zero-Waste Day

Is it possible to not create any waste for an entire day?

Actually there are families out there that pride themselves in living the zero-waste lifestyle everyday. They do not rely on recycling to “take care of” their waste. They just don’t create it in the first place. Through buying used clothing, non-packaged food and only buying essentials they are able to tread lightly on this earth. We are striving towards something in our home. Some reduction anyways. How will it feel the week no garbage will have to be put out. What if we only needed to put out our recycling once a month? How much easier could everyday life be?

Even though I’m Canadian I appreciate that Nov. 15th is America Recycles Day. http://planetgreen.discovery.com/work-connect/forget-america-recycles-day-celebrate-zero-waste-day.html

Here’s a link to many zero-waste articles including arts&crafts ideas, food and cleaning suggestions. http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tag/Zero%20Waste

Could you go a day without creating waste? Could I? Is it even possible? All I know for sure is that it would be very hard. I would like to try it just for my own waste. I am not working that day so it would be possible to not drive therefore no gas would be used. Groceries that are not in packaging could be purchased ahead of time. Any food waste could be composted or put in the green cone. Where would the limits be? If I had a shower and used package free soap would the water and bubbles down the drain be considered waste? Probably the success would be based on what ultimately ended up in the garbage or recycling by the end of the day. Realistically I wouldn’t spend the day sitting in the dark all day to avoid any environmental impact.

Any suggestions?


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.


2 thoughts on “Nov. 15th is Zero-Waste Day

  1. Hi Stephanie:
    Thanks for the post and the links. Have you ever given the no impact experiment a try? We did it as a family and found it a great learning experience as well as a lot of fun. I know that I could not go for a day without producing any waste because I am definitely not going to give up toilet paper!

    Posted by Susan | November 12, 2011, 7:22 pm
    • Ha ha! When will we develop the “Three Seashells” technology? Until then toilet paper is a necessary item in households! I will look into the no impact experiment. Is that experimant from that man who calls himself the no impact man?

      Posted by stephanieough | November 13, 2011, 8:43 pm

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