The Year of Living Minimally – Week Fifty-one

plastic bags

I’ve been thinking a lot about plastic – bags, straws, packaging, utensils – there’s just so much plastic. And we all aware that our oceans are filling up with plastic at an alarming rate.

At the conclusion of this year-long project, I’ve just discovered Tippi Thole. Tippi Thole is someone you should discover, too. Check out her “tiny trash can” website here – and you’ll be amazed/inspired/ wowed. Because Tippi Thole replaced the trash can in her kitchen (10-gallon capacity) with a small wastebasket (like the kind you probably have in your bathroom). She began to shop mindfully, and within a few months, the amount of trash her family produced each week fit into a Mason jar that is under 3″ tall!!!

Could I do this, too? I’m sure as hell going to try. We’re only two people.

8 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Fifty-one

  1. I understand there’s legislation coming down the pipe to do away with plastic straws. Starbucks has already signed on to be a part of it. We do recycle.
    Pick-up service for larger stuff (we have to contract for it separate because — believe it or not — our dumb city doesn’t do recycling)…
    All “hole-less” plastic bags go to the food pantry so they don’t have to buy them…
    And all “holey” bags get recycled at the grocery store…

    But a mason jar? Gotta go have a look at that site!!!

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  2. When we started heavily recycling (even before our town recycled, my husband and sons made a bi-weekly trip to the landfill) our family of four went from five bags of trash a week to one. Today we are only two and we barely fill one trash bag. One family. That is mind-boggling. Can you imagine if everyone bothered? Many do, but far too many do not.

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    1. Us too, Connie – we’re at half a bag, and if we composted, it’d be better.
      We know it takes more effort to do something other than simply toss everything in the trash, but isn’t our planet worth it?

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  3. I also have a small kitchen waste can. Most of my stuff ends up in the recycle bin. I am amazed on garbage day how much some folks put out for trash pick-up. How can one person create so many bags in one week?

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