Hold on, just a minute! Before you throw that orange peel, onion skin or dryer lint in the trash…or the vacuum dust, or the eggshells, the bbq ash, or the spaghetti sauce jar — does it belong there? Are you sure? I have learned the answer is often NO!
It’s simply that I’ve rediscovered a few of the old ways. I started to toss kitchen scraps into a container under the sink, instead of stuffing it down the disposal. Dryer lint is collected in a rescued container that sits on top of our dryer; and all of these items are turned into food (compost) for my garden and Kelly’s garden as well.
Look what I’m doing with toilet paper rolls today.
A few weeks ago, I was rinsing out one of three Classico spaghetti sauce jars after a big family dinner, when I noticed that the manufacturer had gone to the trouble to mark the jar in 4 ounce increments! Can you think of other uses for this jar? (above) I can. When I told Rachel, she said, “Great, I use 4 a week, you may have them.” Four a week, I’m not sure I am able to re-purpose 208 of these! Many could end up in the recycle bin to be made into more glass. Who knows, though? I might just learn to can this year and use them all!
|I now tuck lettuce into the flower bed.|
Since we began to make compost, and recycle, we have significantly reduced our trash. We used to take out one or two tall kitchen bags daily; now it might only be a weekly thing. I jam plastic shopping bags into a pretty tote in our car trunk and drop them off monthly in one of many recycle bins available at most stores that use them. Want to see our trunk?
I’m taking these magazines to the used bookstore to trade for great books.
There is a real opportunity in trash. Making use of stuff we used to throw away is the new, new! People are re-discovering the old ways of making use of what is available to supply what is needed. Some people are turning trash into beautiful objects, others are turning it into new business ventures. The old English proverb, “Waste not, want not” has endured for a reason. The stuff that meets our need is all around us. At least that is what I’m discovering as I learn how to waste less.
My word of the year is “STEP”…I’m taking some more steps backward to see what else I find. Will you join me?
Check out a few of these links to see what I’m talking about. We Upcycle , Thrifty and Chic,Homework, today’s assignment: be inspired! But before you go…take a look at what I did with old calendars and fabric.
I just HAD to fit my new passion into this post. Raising hens, now 7 is such a joy. Oh and guess what they give me back?
Now go check out what some other people are doing. And have an eggcelent time!