Our First Month as a Low Waste Family + DIY Toothpaste Recipe
Looking at which restaurants offer takeout in styrofoam (boo) and which offer it in compostable brown paper containers (looking at you Chipotle, thank you!) greatly reduces our trash, we cook a lot at home, but even one meal with disposable containers nearly fills our trash can.
We hadn’t been composting, because winter, but eggshells, banana peels, and coffee grounds were making up a huge portion of our trash. We got a 5 gallon bucket to keep inside, which holds about a month of compost, so I only have to go out ot our compost tumbler once a month. I add wood chips from the chicken coop along with the food waste. Nothing is really going to actively compost right now, but once it warms up there will be tons of great material for those microbes to work their magic on.Right now, the biggest trash culprit is plastic packaging from food, and we’ll be working on reducing that this month. I need to start baking cookies to reduce packaging, darn. I bought a household shredder, because I had been ripping up and throwing out mail with personal information. Now we will be able to shred & recycle them, which is both safer and more eco-friendly.