So it's been about 3 weeks since I started this blog which means it's been about the same period of time since we changed our kitchen trash can last. We do have a sort of small trash can, it fits inside the cabinet next to the compost bucket. I was really thinking that it's a bit silly to have the trash can be larger than the compost bucket when most of our waste is food waste. We dump the compost maybe 3 or 4 times a week but we are currently looking at 3 weeks for changing the trash bag. My hope is that as we weed out most of the plastic packaged stuff in the house, we will be looking at changing the trash much less than that.
Here is our trash consumptions since starting this journey:
I can see signs of stuff that we no longer buy in this trash bag, so it gives me some hope that we will have less to offer our trash bag this month. I also know that some of this trash wasn't ours - people who came to our house and I didn't have the heart to ask them to take their trash with them, even though at least one of them asked if they should (that was a disposable diaper).
I even had to change our trash pick up. That big blue trash can outside would take a really long time to fill up at the rate that we are moving towards reducing our trash. I certainly don't want to pay for regular pick up... I think we are looking at just dropping the service all together at this point.
Here are some great facts that might make you want to cut back even more on adding to our landfills.
And for something totally off subject, I took another photo of my fridge tonight because at least a few of you found it interesting to see what was in there. I'll be honest, I kind of like seeing photos of other people's fridges too. No idea why.
Actually, this picture is kind of funny now that I look at it here. One sip of milk, one piece of shrimp, a tiny bit of iced coffee left... There's lots of other stuff that you can't see in this photo, but the good news is that we have consistently been able to see the back of our fridge and I know everything that is in there right now.
In the next few weeks we will be going strawberry picking at Thompson-Finch farm and I just purchased some of these awesome airtight stainless steel containers so that we can freeze without plastic! I'm sure I will post when they arrive... at least about the package that they will come in because I will have to figure out what to do with it - this is my first real non food purchase that is new since working on eliminating waste, however, I also bought a (non plastic) watering can today so that we can water our garden plants. Both purchases involved conscious decision making based on the company that sold them.
How silly to be so excited about containers.