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Waste and Christmas

We took the garbage can to the curb on Tuesday. The can held two weeks of garbage for the four of us. We could still do better but I will take it. Big difference from being a two can a week family not too many years ago.

It is hard not to consume. It can seem almost natural. So I do what I can and try to make the waste a little less and a better choice. Buying used is a great way to reduce waste. The waste has already been created so you might as well finish using it’s potential.

Christmas will once again be a quest to minimize. Minimize gifts, minimize costs, minimize waste. The kids presents should reflect our beliefs. They have enough of everything so we can buy them some items, mostly used, to not overwhelm them with useless crap aka “future garbage”. For every item that comes into the house at least one item has to leave.

Last year my parents, brother, husband and I decided not to exchange presents we don’t need. Instead, this year we will go out for a nice dinner. Memories vs. future trash. I am so happy about this.

Another thing planned for this year is to give away the Christmas decorations that don’t make it on the tree or around the house when we decorate. No point to store it. Other people can use it.

Hopefully I will get around to making our own wine. Then I can drink all I want without guilt… just kidding!

What are your Christmas plans?


“Talk about pissing your money away. I hope you kids see what a silly waste of resources this was.” –Frances (Doris Roberts) Christmas Vacation




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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