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In the United States, the average citizen throws away between four to nine pounds of trash per day. But what exactly fills up all those trash bins? Studies have shown that when asked about trash thrown out in homes, people drastically underestimate the quantity and types of garbage they make (which you can read about in the book Garbology!). The first step to reducing the waste in your life is understanding what exactly you throw away so you can look for solutions. For exampl
February is over so I gathered up my trash and took a look at what I made this month. It's quite the mixed bag! It totaled 5.5 ounces of trash and contains a mix of items I bought knowing they would make waste (i.e. cheese) and others that I sourced second hand and gave new life to, but also had some trash come with them. Like the coffee bag! I got some very old coffee grounds off of my local Buy Nothing Group to use in the body scrub I make at workshops. The coffee had slowl
In November I made a total of 6.8 ounces of household waste. What isn't represented here in the waste I made while visiting my parents for the holidays (as well as many other upstream and non-visible waste things). The tricky part about the holidays is that a lot of us visit with people that don't necessarily practice the same lifestyle, and that means we have to compromise. I am happy to say though that this year I offered to help my mom make Green Bean Casserole and we made
This last month I ended up sorting through my old filing folders and recycled the documents I no longer need. In them I also found quite a few old envelopes and some insurance cards so those got tossed in my monthly waste audit. I also finally used up the old coconut oil I had from Bramble Berry and their bags, unfortunately, can't be recycled around here. Now I buy all of my coconut oil in bulk from the People's Food Coop so that shouldn't be an issue in the future. So for a
Another month down which means it's time to weigh the trash jar once more! This month came to a total of 0.9 ounces of trash. It contained the usual bus passes and staples as well as quite a few busted hairties! But you can check the list below for all the details :) Trash Jar: 1 take-out wrapper 1 starbucks drink seal 1 elk meat package 1 underwear zip seal 1 ice cream container seal 3 vitamin seals 3 hair bands Various bus passes Various staples Various receipts Various unk
A waste audit is, in simple terms, just a way to document the quantity of waste someone produces. Waste audits often appear on college campuses or used in reference to large firms trying to document their dedication to the environment. They can also be, however, something individual people or households do to! With the average U.S. citizen producing over 4.5 pounds of waste each day, we have a real trash problem on our hands. Many people acknowledge that something needs to ch