Zero-Waste Steps – Reducing Trash In Our Homes

by Texas Homesteader ~

By now we all know the drill – we sort through our trash and recycle all we can for a cleaner, healthier environment.  Yea, that’s awesome!  But as I’ve said many times before, although recycling is very important, it’s still just another way of dealing with trash.  Wouldn’t it be better if we could reduce the trash – recyclable or not – that we produce in a typical day in our own homes?  Luckily it’s easy to do!  Recently I wrote a piece for the Mother Earth News that gives 6 easy ways to move toward a more zero-waste lifestyle.  Hey, if you can help the environment in an effortless way – why not??  Check it out.

A Mother Earth News article: 6 EASY WAYS TO LIVE A MORE ZERO-WASTE LIFE. If you can help the environment effortlessly, why not? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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11 thoughts on “Zero-Waste Steps – Reducing Trash In Our Homes

  1. Melissa @ My Darla Clementine

    Great article! I am especially into the making it yourself and repurposing one!! Love giving new life to old things! In fact, the post I shared on SNS this last week was my upcycled wedding dress made from curtains! Thanks for sharing your list with us on Simply Natural Saturdays!

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  2. Elaine

    These are super cute place mats and coasters… Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! See you later this week!! Pinned!

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  4. JES

    Just visited your article… I love all your ideas! The only thing I am guilty of is giving our chickens the scraps instead of composting 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’d think using scraps to feed chickens is even more beneficial than composting JES. My chickens must be finicky, they really don’t jump on scraps like everyone else’s hens seem to do. I am thinking of moving the finishing compost to the chicken yard soon though so they can speed up the final process. Yea! ~TMH~

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  5. Bonnie V

    Great tips! We have so many canvas bags, but we always forget them or they get scattered through the house. I need to wash them all and get them reorganized.

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I unload my canvas bags, fold them and place them all into one bag and return them to the trunk of my car each time I come home from shopping, but here’s another helpful hint that’s worked really well for me Bonnie: I have a single large canvas bag rolled into a heavy plastic sleeve (to keep it clean and also to keep it rolled tightly) and it stays tucked right next to my car seat. When we make an impromptu stop at a store to pick up just a few things on the way home I reach down & grab it when I’m getting out of the car. ~TMH~

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  6. Judith C

    I’m with you sister! I started using canvas grocery bags 30 years ago. Boy, would I get the looks in the grocery store back then. Now people stop me in the store and the parking lot and ask me where I get my colorful European mesh grocery bags. Google net grocery bags. I also use reusable produce bags (check the bargain bins at Bed Bath and Beyond and Tuesday Morning for better prices or make your own like I did.) If I go to the bulk stores like Sprouts and WinCo, I’ll use bags for flour and sugar that I made from cotton dishtowels or fabric that was my Grandma’s. She used to open flour sacks up to use for yard goods or quilts, she never got around to using them so those came full circle. : )

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