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Welcome to Week Two of our Go Green Challenge! I am happy to report that the mad-recycling and diligent composting is making a significant difference in our garbage output!
Ladies and gentlemen, that is less than half of what we sent to the landfill last Monday morning. It’s probably a full kitchen bag’s worth of garbage and over half of that are disposable diapers. I might be turning into one of those crazy people who reduce garbage service to once-a-month once Lucy is doing her business on the toilet.
Here’s what was recycled curbside:
About half a cart. And here’s what’s sitting in our “can this stuff be recycled?” bin:
I’m fairly certain about half will end up in the garbage, but I’ll let Shelly sort all of that out. That might make for a fun video to share :).
Now it’s time to discuss the focus of Week Two: Go Used.
I am totally intrigued by people who are committed to buying nothing new. I was introduced to the idea from Katy over at The Non-Consumer Advocate. Katy is committed to buying nothing new, except for a handful of items. I always wanted to give this buy-only-used thing a shot, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around how I would fit that into my life. How was I going to dig through thrift stores for a bread machine or buy a new shirt when I had 3-5 children with me? That sounded horrible. So off to Target, Costco, Walmart I went.
I am finally at a place where experimenting with different secondhand options is interesting and even exciting. Maybe I’m just not as sleep deprived as I once was. I am looking forward to not only saving money, but exploring how my obsession with “new” impacts other people and unnecessarily depletes our natural resources. We will discuss buying secondhand clothes, how to completely dominate Craigslist, how to repurpose what you already have in your home, and more!
Where are your favorite places to get great secondhand items?
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