The things that are making it into my bin 🙁 I welcome suggestions from readers (as well as offering my own, to date) on how I can keep the bin waste down! (I’ve decided to go without images – there’s no need, you all have imaginations I hope!)
In the trash, there’s been
- old underwear: well I’m not going to go without, and there’s no way I can ‘recycle’ these, so maybe let that one through to the keeper?
- muesli plastic bags: I have a preferred muesli, due to it’s low sugar content. I suppose I could make my own, with all the individual ingredients. But normal oats vs the oats in muesli are different (from the muesli, I was eating oats everyday for a year or so straight – and I just got fed up!)
- gluten free snack bars: I love that I can ‘grab and go’ and they are GF and sugar free. Individual wrappers – not so great. I need to find a ‘snack’ recipe or 10 so I can make my own and nix the waste – suggestions welcome.
- dried apricot & date bags: I saw these in the bulk bins at the co-op but the apricots were black (obviously more natural, but might turn the BF off them), and more pricey…. decisions
- stock cube wrappers: I like that they are small, and shelf stable. I do not like trying to crush them up! And of course the waste. The issue with DIY stock is that I’d need a much bigger freezer… :s
- plastic mailing bag: thank you to 71toes.com.au and her blogging group for the mail, but the plastic mailing bag, while thin and durable, is just plain waste. And I can’t help how people chose to mail things to me.
- meat tray: this is a rare ‘waste’ – as I try to take a reusable container to the butcher. However, the butcher’s hours are shorter than the supermarket’s, so on this day, I missed the butcher. I can easily fix this one!
- cheese bags: how can I get cheese (any cheese) without waste, given I don’t have a local deli or similar? I admit I could grate my own (rather than buying grated packs) – but whilst all supermarket cheese is wrapped, I’m going for the ‘easiest’ option of the cheeses!
- cotton buds: I know they are bad for me, but it’s a hard habit to crack – suggestions?
- floss: both the thread, and soon enough, the container it comes in.
- tissues: I’m just scared I’ll ruin the balance in my bokashi bucket.
Have you got any miracle solutions to these waste woes? Anything that’s worked for you?