The Rubbish Diet – Week 4

Whew! Busy week last week which not only meant I neglected my blogging duties, but also meant I wasn’t home at all to generate any trash! I’m proud to say that last week we generated only two bags of trash, and one of those bags was ‘just’ a big block o’ styrofoam packaging.

So far for week 4 our kitchen trash bag is not filling up very fast. Still have those pesky yogurt cups, blister packs for pills, a chip bag (or crisp bag for my UK readers), and yes, still a few of those blasted K-cups.

I didn’t have much of a chance to research compost last week due to aforementioned busy-ness, hoping to do a bit of that this week AND tackle this week’s Rubbish Diet Challenge: cleaning products.  By the way, thanks to all who gave me compost and gardening tips. Very helpful and encouraging!

Now that we’ve eliminated paper towels, I have less waste when cleaning up.  Switching to cloth rags is a great way to reduce waste.  I use several Method brand cleaning products (mainly because I like the refill option for the soap).  I’m sure there are more ways we can reduce our waste when cleaning up.  Like getting rid of those cleaning-wipe things, and dryer sheets.  Wonder what else we can reduce…


About Amy Marpman

Director of Recycling Services at Great Forest, Inc. in NYC. Continually finding the balance of idealism with the practical realities that make or break recycling programs.
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