Zero Waste Month

In effort to reduce waste and become more mindful of the waste I createI will be saving all of my trash for the month of February. I have brainstormed how to Rise Above Plastics and Waste in my everyday life.
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RULES: 
  1. Save all trash the I create first hand in our personal lives – packaging of any kind, twisty ties, napkins etc.
  2. Save all recyclable products that I create first hand in our personal lives – glass, plastic, aluminum, all of it
  3. Compost all organic matter. Every single food scrap and toilet paper gets turned back into fertilizer to feed the earth.
  4.  Keep a box in my room for all waste.
REDUCING WASTE: 
 
           1.   Always bring with you: Reusable utensils, tupperware, napkin, coffee cup, water bottle, canvas bag, etc. 
           2.   Buy products that are not packaged. 
           3.   Grow my own food.
              4.    Buy in Bulk with reusable jars/bottles.
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END LIFE:
 
            1. Recyclables will be trucked (oil) to the Cold canyon recycling center. Then sorted through and separated. Then condensed and shipped far away.. either US or Asia ( more oil). Then taken to some plant where they will be made into something new US (water and energy) or burned down Asia (pollution).  (I just e-mailed my landfill contact to see specifically what happens to each recyclable material).
            2. Trash will be trucked (oil) to Cold Canyon landfill and buried for future generations to deal with. 
            3. Compost will be turned back into the soil and feed the Earth. 
Not only will I be discussing our physical waste but also our carbon and water footprints and how our purchases impact our Earth.
In preparation for this month I have found other people who are living the zero waste lifestyle. My two main inspirations are a zero waste family and one guy who saved all his trash for a year! 
I hope this experiment will make me more mindful and carry on with me for the rest of my life.
xoxo Sarah B
 

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