Goal 5: Create less waste Growing up one of my favorite cartoons was Captain Planet and my favorite book was 100 Ways to Save the Planet. Joel and I care about our planet but in the past have done little in our daily life to make more earth friendly decisions. Now Joel and I are trying to be more mindful of what we consume and what we throw away. I have reusable shopping bags but sometimes I leave them at home or I get into the store and realize I forgot the bags in the car. Starting now if I forget them in the car or at home then I don't get to use bags! The woman checking me out at target today kept asking if I was sure I didn't want a bag. When I went to cub next I made sure I had one with me. I am hoping this will help me to be more mindful. If I do use plastic or paper bags I reuse them at home so at least they are being recycled.
Another thing we are doing is composting. I am hoping that with composting, recycling and being more mindful about the purchases we make we can significantly reduce the amount of household waste we produce. This was also a major reason that we chose to use cloth diapers. I was not ok with throwing a thousand diapers into landfills to sit there long after our lifetime.
Here is a link with some basic composting information if you are interested in starting at home. http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html The basic rule of thumb is that if it was a living thing then it can be composted (except meat). Roughly 30% of what ends up in landfills could have been composted.