A few months back, I came across this great article about this family that made a major lifestyle change for the better for the environment. I was very much impressed with what this family is doing. You can read about this family and what they have accomplished. Here is a link to the Zero Waste Home. http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/p/about.html
So since reading this blog, I have thought of the things we now do to help the environment and what more we could do. Let me start by saying, there is no way that I could be zero waste like the Johnson family, but we can certainly do a better job.
Here are a few of the little things we already do to help with zero waste. We recycle our plastic, bottles, newspaper and cardboard. I take reusable bags to the store. I use a reusable water bottle. I reuse all the old plastic grocery bags as trash can liners. I shop at the local farmers market when in season. We use tap water and not bottled water. We re-use single sided paper for scrape paper. We use worn out clothing as cleaning rags. We review bills on-line instead of having them printed and mailed. I reuse cardboard and packaging materials for my home business when shipping goods. I swap books instead of buying new books. Here is a great site to use to swap books and music. http://www.swap.com/books/ You can also use the market site to swap other items. http://market.swap.com/ I switched to all natural cleaning products and organic lawn and plant fertilizers.
Now for the things that we are going to start to do to make a bigger difference with a zero waste home. I have started to line dry the laundry.
I still use the dryer for all the undergarments, there are some things the neighbors do not need to see. I also throw the clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes once I bring them in from the clothes line, we have a dog and the dog hair does not come off in the washer. I am using all our bath and shower gels and we will be switching to soap, since there is less packaging waste for a bar of soap. I will also be buying handmade soap to help support local business. I have started a small container garden. I will post more on my gardening adventure in other blogs. I am going to use an old seer sucker robe and make reusable napkins. I will start to make my home cleaning products as I run out of the items we are using. Here is a great link I came across for making cleaning products. http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
As my mind continues to think of the many more ways my family and I can make a difference in our environment, I will continue to blog on going green. What are some other ideas that you can think of to share with us all to become zero waste?