*Written by: Emily Post*
If you had told me 2 ½ years ago that I would be making so little trash that I could cancel my trash service, I would have thought you were crazy. I mean, who thinks about their waste enough to even make that statement, let alone speak it out loud to someone? Well, it turns out – after 2 ½ years of research – that I AM that kind of person.
I think about my waste a lot. I even think about other people’s waste. Weird, right? And more importantly, why?
My journey to less waste started by reading Bea Johnson’s book, “The Zero Waste Home.” In it, she pointed out that when you buy stuff in packaging you are essentially paying for it twice: Once when you buy the item in packaging, and again when you discard it using a trash service that you also pay for. For me, that was an eye opener. As a stay-at-home mom, I was always looking for ways for our family to save money. I couldn’t believe that I had been wasting money by throwing things away all these years!
As I delved deeper into the subject, I discovered so many more reasons to reduce my waste. Scientists estimate that by the year 2050, that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf), as about 8 million tons of waste are dumped in the oceans yearly (https