Last month I told you that my family would be participating in the #SCJZeroWaste Challenge, inspired by SC Johnson’s impressive 98 percent waste diversion rate. I shared some of the ways I was planning to help reduce my own family’s waste, and I said I’d report back. Well, it’s been a month since then. How did we do?
When I first told you about the challenge, I was in the middle of sorting through the kids’ clothes. I ended up with four big boxes that I donated along with some kids’ DVDs and an old tablet to a local shelter. Not only did we keep those things out of the landfill, but I love that this was an opportunity to teach my kids about the importance of giving. Our donation sparked a great conversation about giving and charity, as well as some tough questions about why children might be living in a shelter.
I’ve also begun buying spices in bulk whenever possible and refilling my jars. Not only does it reduce trash, it’s much more economical. Costco is a good source for big containers of staples like sea salt, pepper, cinnamon, and garlic powder. Now if only I could find a bulk source for chipotle chili powder!
During the challenge period we spent ten days on vacation in the Dominican Republic which you might think would derail our challenge. But even while we were away from home there were plenty of ways to continue. We helped conserve water and electricity by hanging up and reusing our towels and by turning off the air conditioning whenever we left the room (and turning it down at night too).
We also took advantage of our resort’s recycling program. I was happy to see they had separate sorting bins for paper and cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass to keep them out of the trash. There were several sets of these bins placed in strategic spots on the grounds. And I definitely saved energy lounging poolside with my book!
After our successful #SCJZeroWaste challenge, I plan to continue making and maintaining all those small changes that add up to make a big difference locally and globally.
What changes have you and your family made to reduce waste in your home?
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