I've been on a kick lately to create less waste around our home, and when I say home, I mean our house, but also OUR house: planet Earth (you know? mi casa es su casa). Here are some things I've done that I hope inspire you!
Recycling - seems like a no-brainer, but to be totally honest I never really took recycling seriously until this year. When I say seriously, I mean that I recycle everything that can be recycled and I wash out all cans of drink, cans of food, bottles, jars, containers, etc. before I place in the recycle bin. Some (*cough* Jon Paul *cough*) might even say it's getting to the point where it's very annoying.
Composting - I have been composting with Bootstrap Compost since January and I love it! We pay a fee of $24 per month, and they pick up every other week. By the time they pick up I usually have two trash bags full of compost. I compost dead flowers, foliage, food scraps, bread, tortillas, cooked rice, etc. They recently sent out a memo that they are now accepting dairy (cheese), poultry, meat, and fish, but since they pick up bi weekly, the stench of this would be awful... BUT since I do want to start taking this more seriously, I would like to maybe freeze all the stinky stuff and add it to the pick up the day-of! If your city does not offer composting, check out local composting businesses around you - it's one Google search away.
Not wasting food - I like looking at my fridge and pantry as a challenge! Though I do grocery shop with a purpose (meal plan/snack plan in hand) sometimes a few things are leftover with which I get creative on what I can make for dinner that will use up all our leftover ingredients. I'm also nutty about leftovers! I bring lunch to work every day (leftovers of last night's dinner) and I strongly encourage Jon Paul to do the same - this has sparked a ton of bickering because I can be pushy about it... So I try to only make enough food so I have lunch the next day, and no more.
Using our own bags - I'm so happy laws have passed that pretty much force people to bring their own bags, it's about damn time!!, but I would also really love for produce bags to be eliminated. They are just plain stupid! I bring one or two bags for produce, I put all my produce in them (yes, I mix the tomatoes and the apples and the zucchinis, and guess what?? NO ONE DIES!) and then I separate them into piles at checkout as not to drive the cashier crazy. I also make an effort to buy from piles of produce instead of pre-packaged bags. Like I hate buying bags of potatoes or bags of onions... I just pick them individually and place them in my all-inclusive, non-discriminatory produce bags!
Bottles and cups - I have to say, Hydro Flask is worth the hype! I like my water cold, otherwise it's not appealing to me, but this keeps my water cool for a super long time, it's small, compact (I have the 12oz.), and I keep it in my bag/backpack at all times. I fill up before I leave the house and before I leave work to ensure that under no circumstances will I have to buy a bottle of water!! I also keep a cup and thermos at my desk so when I run out to grab a cup of coffee (hot or iced) or any drink for that matter, I bring it with me! Best part is, I usually only get charged a "refill" fee instead of paying full price. I pay $1 for 16 oz of iced coffee in the mornings - yeah.
DIY beauty - I've gotten more into taking care of my face lately, but I don't want this to come at the cost of using unnecessarily shitty packaged things, and toxins. I make my own face cleanser/make up remover, though one of the ingredients is face cleanser (haha! - I originally wanted this to be a make up remover, but its such a great cleanser, I just coined it a two-in-one), it's responsibly packaged and I only use a little pump, which means I'll have it for a long time. I also mix my own face oil, and just made a great toner with leftover roses (pictured above)! I'll share these soon.
This "Part 1" was my batch of what I'm currently doing. Next up is what I'd like to start doing. These changes don't come over night and I think I've gotten comfortable with these habits over the past few months (they were a nuisance at first), so now I'm ready to make more changes, and I would love to share those with you in case you're ready to introduce them into your own home too!