Thursday, May 31, 2007

How to Compost Interlude: The Leftover Change

Here's just another small change we've been making in our house to try to reduce the amount of non-compostable waste we produce.

In the past, our leftovers went in ziploc bags or got covered up with saran wrap, right? Well, of course those bags and wrap would go straight into the trash when the leftovers were gone.

So now I've been saving big yogurt containers and other reusable plastic containers (the feta cheese containers are good ones because you can see through them) and trying to put all our leftovers in those, then wash and reuse them.

It seems almost too simple to even write about, but I was stuck in the ziploc habit because it seemed so convenient. As it turns out, using a small little container isn't really much more difficult. And it's not only reducing the amount of trash we're creating, it's also reusing some of the plastic that already comes into our house. Things my grandmother used to do to save a little cash always turn out to be smart in more ways than one.

In other news, here is a great post on 10 Tips for Organic Gardening with Children (thanks to Sustainable Table blog for the link!)

Here is the complete How to Compost series in case you'd like to catch up or review:

Step 1: Make it a Priority
Step 2: Choose a System
Interlude: Nature Tried to Kill My Composter
Step 3: Collect Organic Material
Step 4: Mix the Materials
Step 5: Moisten the Mixture
Step 6: Wait
Interlude: The Lightbulb Change
Interlude: The Yogurt Change
Interlude: The Sponge Change
Interlude: The Leftover Change
Interlude: The Napkin Change
The Sort-of Sun-Mar 200 Review Part One
The Sort-of Sun-Mar 200 Review Part Two
Sun-Mar 200 Compost Update
Sun-Mar 200: Starting All Over Again

Step 7: Use Your Compost
Step 8: Sun Mar 200 Garden Composter Review

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