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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #50 on: October 01, 2016, 10:31:43 AM »
Do you do this to save on your garbage bill to regain some of your income ?

No - we don't pay for garbage by amount produced. It is simply part of our overall annual property tax bill. Some people in different municipalities might have financial benefits for doing so, but it personally does not factor in for my situation.

I am doing it because I believe that the amount of garbage we produce as a society (and how we deal with it) is completely irresponsible :)
I agree and good job ! We as human beings are consumers and we fuel the landfills needlessly.

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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #51 on: October 01, 2016, 01:13:11 PM »
FIRE_at_45, that's awesome what you did at your company! The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council might be a good resource too, https://uszwbc.org/

Thank you, it does feel good making a difference.  Now if I could only convince all the lazy people to recycle.  They literally walk up to the 4 choices and choose garbage...because you know I just don't give a shit. 

At home, I'm going to follow the lead of the OP and see just how little garbage we can produce in a month. 
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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #52 on: October 02, 2016, 08:26:44 AM »
- Cheese, tofu, almond milk, peanut butter, condiments, and a few other commonly used items still have packaging... (wrappers, tetra paks). I recycle what I can, but again, don't believe that that is the ultimate answer.
- Cat litter... still the bane of my existence, although I have heard that it is OK to flush if the cat is 1st tested for toxoplasmosis. Will do that next vet visit.
- Alcohol... There are several local breweries that refill growlers, but I am lazy... easier to swing by govt store (better hours, location..). We don't buy too often, but would still like to try to switch to local breweries.

- You cant try making tofu at home... some of the reagents you use to make it coagulate are in glass bottles (but with plastic lids). It was a fun experiment! If you're eating a lot of it though it might be an easy enough to get into a routine for making it regularly.
- Cheese- would you consider getting an entire wheel of cheese from a deli (maybe go halves with someone if you don't eat that much)? Also, making the softer cheeses is very easy and affordable if you are close to a friendly dairy (but takes time). As is yoghurt (but takes much less time!).
- Almond milk- just make it from almonds. 12 hours soaking, two minutes in the blender then strain. You can use the solids like almond meal in baking if that's your thing.

Disclaimer: I have done all of these things in the past, but don't regularly do them now. I don't eat a lot of tofu, and I don't really consume much dairy at all (anymore) but don't really feel the need to use milk replacements




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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #53 on: October 02, 2016, 01:18:21 PM »
That's really impressive @allsummerlong. 

I'm taking more care to make sure what I put in my bins actually does get recycled.  For some reason they weren't accepting glass or Styrofoam whereas at work we can recycle both of these products.   

There is such a thing as "hopeful recycling" where you put it in the bin and hope they recycle it.  They don't.  I've been to a recycling plant and unfortunately this stuff makes their jobs much harder and things like soft plastic grocery bags get caught in all the conveyors.  It creates a real mess. 

I don't think I'm quite as bad ass as you but I'll get there....it's a great thing to teach my kids who both like to recycle.

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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2016, 01:09:42 AM »
I love this thread! We are slowly, slowly reducing our waste. We have recycling and composting for our building, but do still put things in the rubbish bin which could be recycled or composted. Usually because the recycling bin is full and neither of us has taken it out. However, I am planning o buy a smaller lidded bin and make that for rubbish and the bigger bin for recycling. We got composting a year after we moved here because a bunch of us wrote to the local council. So do demand change!

Things we do:
- Bake bread (sometimes we're too buy so we buy bread from a bakery in a paper bag)
- Buy as much as possible from a small refill stand at the farmers market. Dry goods, cleaning products and a few bathroom products. Their stocking is a bit erratic, though, and I found out this week that they don't stock caster sugar - weird!
- Buy meat from the butcher in our own Tupperware boxes
- Buy second hand - everything from my iPhone to my garden hoe to my shirt. Husband not so much.
- Distribute unused but still-good things via Freegle and charity shops
- Repair, especially clothes
- Reusable water bottle and shopping bags

On the way:
- Avoid chain stores where possible.

Next steps:
- Make some cloth bags and buy more loose vegetables.

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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #55 on: October 03, 2016, 08:06:44 AM »
FIRE_at_45, that's awesome what you did at your company! The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council might be a good resource too, https://uszwbc.org/

Thank you, it does feel good making a difference.  Now if I could only convince all the lazy people to recycle.  They literally walk up to the 4 choices and choose garbage...because you know I just don't give a shit. 

At home, I'm going to follow the lead of the OP and see just how little garbage we can produce in a month.

My new roommate's habit of trashing everything has motivated me to find and follow this thread!

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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #56 on: November 05, 2016, 01:43:21 PM »
Well I completed one month of badass conditioning towards zero waste.  I think we did very well.  You can consider us a 2 person family because I share custody of my children.  I recycled all soft plastics and that was the bulk of my garbage.  I ended the month with one half of a superstore plastic grocery bag of garbage, plus one broken kid`s tennis racket. 

It is actually very easy once you find the places to recycle the soft plastics.  I tried to get my boss to allow me to do it at work but he did not want to set that precedence...understandable...I would say the same thing. 

In other recycling news I was just in California.  I was very disappointed to see that their recycling is no where near City of Vancouver.  They have a yard waste bin but it is not for compost.  Their recycling component is also more like we were 5 years ago. 

My project at work continues to get better.  People are starting to understand how to use all 4 streams.  There are still far too many people that just chuck everything in the garbage when they have a clear choice.  We are still working improving the knowledge but it takes time. 


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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #57 on: November 06, 2016, 02:48:24 AM »
http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/recycling-debate/msg1232912/#msg1232912

Recycling debate thread. Good read.


Love all the ideas to reduce here though. So many good suggestions and motivating stories.

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Re: Approaching Zero Waste
« Reply #58 on: November 07, 2016, 11:06:24 AM »
Allsummerlong
Do you have a store with a peanut butter grinder? Our closest Whole Foods has one. I used it for the first time yesterday. I chickened out of trying to get the washed out jar I took with me tare weighted, as there was no one on customer service at the time, but I'll wash out the PET container I used and refill it next time. I already decanted the peanut butter into my glass jar at home as I am trying not to store wet or oily foods in plastic. I have a ways to go phasing out all my plastic storage containers. Replacing them as funds permit but I'll need some huge ones for flours.

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« Reply #59 on: November 08, 2016, 10:30:51 PM »
I am part of a ZW Facebook group that is really helpful: https://www.facebook.com/groups/journeytozerowaste/

I'm a part of this group too. I like it for the most part. I get a bit annoyed at the vegan vs. meat eaters arguments though.
We are 2 people, and a mini farm of animals We make 1 bag of trash every couple of weeks and if it wasn't for my nosey dog I would probably use a smaller trash can. We have recycling pick up every 2 weeks and we usually put out one bag and an empty box.
I've been working on a lot of things for zero waste. I love our local cooperative. I'm also almost done with some things in the bathroom. I'm so close to being completely zero waste there. The kitchen is a bit harder. I understand the plight with the cheese. I'm looking for a local raw milk provider, but it's illegal to sell it here. Hoping I can barter for it soon.
Composting is so easy and keeps the trash from smelling so I can wait until the bag is actually full before it has to go out.

Keep up the good work guys.