I’ve been kind of astonished and equally nauseated at the sight of my garbage can since my lovely neighbour built us a giant compost to share. My garbage is ALL plastic! We have maybe one small bag of garbage per week and it’s filled with plastic packaging. Seriously. That’s it and I don’t know how to get away from it.
We eat a mostly plant based whole foods type diet. In order to stay on a tight budget I plan a certain number of meals to be made throughout the week with no strict order for when to eat each meal. I buy only what we need for those meals. Besides the fruits and veggies that dominate our cart I’ll buy butter, tofu occasionally (soy isn’t something we eat for nutritional value and consume very little of it), baking supplies (flour, sugar…), herbs, um… canned diced tomatoes, coconut milk, rice or hemp milk, nut butters, coffee, bulk beans, nuts… I use cloth produce and shopping bags.
What I’m getting at is that we don’t buy a lot of packaged unrecyclable goods. How can I decrease our output of plastic packaging more than I do already? My dh thinks we should try and get our trash down to one bag a month. I honestly don’t think that would be that hard at this point if we were to compress the plastic a lot more.
One thing that does come to mind is the way I raw feed my dog. For sake of ease I put each .5 kg meal in it’s own plastic bag. The idea was that I could divide the food into equal portions and freeze them not having to wrestle with a whole frozen carcass at a later date. I take a few meals at a time out of the freezer and have them sit in a long deep container (so as not to contaminate our food with icky leaky blood) in the fridge to thaw. I’m wondering now if it’s worth buying more of these containers that can hold four or so meals to put the meat/organs straight in, bypassing the need for plastic bags. I can then just keep rotating out the containers. I could always put a piece of parchment between the first and second meal to come out in case they are still semi frozen at the time of feeding.
This topic reminds me of this blog: Save Your Trash Imagine how people’s lifestyles would change if they had to live with their trash for a year.
What does your garbage look like and how do you keep it to a minimum?