Happy One Month!
This post comes a few days late but better late than never! We officially hit our one month mark (October 27 - November 28) trying our best to live a zero waste lifestyle as much as possible. It’s kinda fun to try and come up with ways to eliminate your output and when you’re aware - woah nelly, are we wasteful! This photo is our kitchen, bathroom and office garbage for one month. It mostly consists of non-recyclable food packaging that was in our house prior to wanting to attempt a zero waste lifestyle, tons of breathe right nose strips (Poor Papa Sas and his snoring at night - stay tuned for a successful alternative to breathe right strips post), and fabric scraps that I wasn’t sure what to do with. We are very excited about how much we have cut back on our waste and when discussing what the biggest change was this month to help eliminate waste, it was composting. The Calgary compost program that rolls out 2017 is going to make crazy change to the amount of waste in each household. A lot of the time you throw out garbage because it simply stinks. There wasn’t one gross thing in that garbage this month which I think helped with the longevity of it staying in the house!
One thing we are tackling this next month is disposable diapers. We have a separate garbage for soiled diapers that we haven’t emptied yet. We haven’t fully transitioned to cloth diapers with our son. We have still been using disposables for night time and the odd venture out. Cloth diapers have been a million times more successful with our son than when we tried it with our daughter. When we used them with our daughter it always resulted in a full outfit change soaked in pee. After toilet training her we realized she has the bladder the size of North America. This answered all our questions as to why cloth diapers never worked for her so I’m glad I hung on to them for my son, I just thought we had a faulty bunch!
Here are my goals for month 2:
- Use cloth diapers at night.
- Find an alternative for snacks - we need crackers in this house!! How? bulk? homemade?
- Find less expensive cheese.