July 4, 2018

#WASTEFREEWEDNESDAYS

So it’s Wednesday… which from now on we’re calling #WASTEFREEWEDNESDAY! This was Jared’s idea actually (shocked? me too ha) to take a day of the week to give you a little more insight into our efforts to live waste free and to encourage people to take one day a week to join us and do something to move towards being waste free!

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES.

This exact time last year my sister and brother in law were talking about doing a meatless monday. I thought I’d love to do that but I just didn’t think I could swing it in our home. I tentatively mentioned it to Jared and he was 100% up for it! He’s been a TROOPER to do it. Our goals were (1) to decrease our grocery budget but without changing the quality of the meat, so therefore: eating less. (2) Health. I think meat can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet, but Jared especially knew that eating meat 14 meals a week wasn’t giving him the healthiest diet, even if only because it didn’t leave as much room for veggies. (3) the environment. Meat comes wrapped in plastic by USDA regulations so a meatless day would cut that down.

THE RESULT?

A year later I’m pretty much meat free (but I eat it whenever I feel like it.) and Jared (mostly) chooses his meat carefully and eats it about once a week. Our goal isn’t to be fully vegan or fully meat free, full disclosure: Jared still eats In-n-Out, but we’re really happy with the rhythm we’ve found and neither of us thought in a million years we’d move to this point a year after starting doing something ONE DAY a week. But when you start slowly it’s incredible how much change can happen in a year… a day DOES make a difference! Also doing the journey with other people make s difference so who’s in for a #wastefreewednesday?

What do we mean by ‘waste free’?

For us… the ultimate goal is to have nothing that we send to landfill so that everything is either recycled, reused or composted. Within that though, our goal is to not even recycle any plastic but to be a plastic free home that brings in no plastic. (Only about 25% of the plastic produced in the U.S. is recycled. So even if you recycle it the chances are the next person won’t and it goes in landfill at the next step.)  I’ll explain more about that later! But in general… the day a week is about focusing on finding new ways to do things so we can divert things from going into landfill!

One FAQ for you!

I’ll do more of these but the #1 one I get is:
Q: What do you use for Trash Bags? 
A: We don’t use them, because we compost out food waste our trash is pretty much dry, but if you do need to use them you can line your can/bin with newspaper and then roll it all into a ball to trash. 
So there you go! Each Wednesday we’ll be posting about our waste free journey and maybe throwing out a challenge for people to join in on, but we mostly want to find simple ways to encourage people and build this community cows we know how much easier it is done together, so, who’s in? Post something you’re doing to move towards waste free living (even if you don’t plan to move fully waste free… it’s ok!) and use the hashtag #WASTEFREEWEDNESDAYS to spread the word!
Let’s make a change!
Kezia and Jared xx

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