Just a quick note: As I write this on Wednesday it's before I'm scheduled to head out for shot number two (virtual jumping up and down here)! I don't anticipate any major side effects but if I'm slow responding, especially tomorrow, bear with me my friends. Update: back, poked, changed into jammies for the night and picked up Panera on the way. I'll let ya know how I feel in the morning.
One of the things on my "want to do better" list has to do with upcycling, sustainability, recycling and in general being less wasteful and disposable in my life. With things and with money, truth be told.
My intentions are good. After all, I wrote this blog last year.
Unfortunately, right after that was written came the pandemic lockdown. All the good places in need weren't accepting donations (even goodwill) and stuff got donated and even dumped. Usually the queen of thrift shopping and re-using, I was not (and still am not going) going into thrift stores. Which hurts by the way, because they are my jam. I had the food waste down for three, then went to live by myself and whoops, here we are again. I've done poorly in the disposable area especially since I'm now using sanitize wipes for everything from groceries to Amazon packages (yes, I know, but I still haven't gotten to that place). And since EVERYTHING is now being delivered, oh the cardboard.
Oh and then I drove cross country and disposed of more packing than I can count. Yes, not my best year in the recycling area-or in the money area for the same reason. Moving cross country is a mess. And last but not least, I moved to a community with valet trash but no recycle options except for large bins far away, when have led me to (much as I hate to say it) throw out some items that should have been recycled.
In the interest of not being too much of a Covid schlump, I've decided to follow Juhli and assign each month a specific area. Mind you hers or much more organization than mine so far (more on that later). For March then, my goal is small sustainability changes, especially those that help my bottom line a tad.
What I want to do this month is to figure out how many things I can make (or buy) that will substitute for things I buy and throw away now. And hopefully, make (and buy) at least some of them.
So far my list includes: more cloth napkins large and small, hankies to replace Kleenex, dish towels to replace paper towels and dish cloths to replace sponges when possible, cloth wipes, makeup remover pads to replace cotton balls, tote bags and produce bags, and re-usable plastic zip bags instead of all the ziploc freezer store bags I use in an effort not to waste food.
I would be lying if I did not at least admit that part of this month's goal may well include buying the fabric and yarn to make such substitutes and add to my stash. I am after all a quilter and knitter at heart and we add to our stash the way preppers add to their pantries. But there is a budget and I figure every time I don't have to buy any of the above (either to save money or to save effort) it's worth it to me, and something I don't have to recycle or throw out.
I will take pictures as I go, and if I'm successful here, I have a vision of selling some of these and other things like cloth baby wipes and washcloths. I've been told by those in the in the know they are in high demand.
And yes, they will all, from dish cloths to napkins, be pretty. And match the house decor. Or my clothes. Or whatever. And be fun as well.
I'll never be a zero waste person and I'll never be perfect in the sustainability department (if only because I want to eat the beef and the lamb and the chicken and the pork and the seafood) but if I can do a little bit better, I'll be happy.