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Dec. 14th, 2003 | 01:02 pm
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Does anyone besides me ever have the temptation to play a "how little trash can I generate" game?

I currently carry a spork and chopsticks so I don't have to use disposable ones. Also for the larger bulk items I buy at the grocery store I don't bother putting them in a plastic bag. (Apples, potatoes, leeks, etc).

I've thought about carrying a cloth napkin, reusing plastic bags for the smaller bulk goods that I buy, and learning how to make the few "processed" foods I eat. (In my case "processed" means things like tofu, soy milk, apple sauce, and nut butter.)

If I was composting I bet I could go months without needing to take the trash out.

Oh wait I forgot–junk mail. I bet that's a significant portion of my trash.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm looking for a small composting kit. Sometimes I general a whole bunch of "green waste". I'd love to be able to recycle it.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 02:05 pm (UTC)
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You mean like the scap eater? Perhaps the book worms eat my garbage might also have suggestions.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, something like that. I found a whole BUNCH of composting stuff... out of the UK.

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soulspirals

Trash game.

from: soulspirals
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
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I've played that game a lot. We do have the ability to compost, and have done so for two years. We recycle a lot of paper, and some plastic (mostly milk jugs). We use two kinds of cat little (because we have too many picky cats) - one of which we flush and the other we compost. We make very little trash. It is not unusual for me to make purchases based on how much packaging there is and whether it is recyclable.

I do carry cloth napkins with me. If I'm going somewhere (like a potluck) where there might be disposable plates, plasticware, etc. I take my own and wash it. I use handkercheifs that I made myself, and just wash them. I use Gladrags a lot of the time, but not always. We only buy toilet paper that is 100% recycled paper and not bleached - same with paper towels (which get used almost exclusively to clean up cat vomit). The rest of the time we use and wash rags.

For a while, we used to take the trash in every 3-4 months - and it would all fit in the trunk of bolowolf's Cavalier. I suspect we make about the same now.

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Diane Trout

Re: Trash game.

from: alienghic
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking about handkercheifs, what's the best way of cleaning them? My first reaction would be to think that it'd be kind of icky... What have you found?

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm a big fan of canvas shopping bags.

If you want to carry a plate and/or a cup, a lexan one for backpackers is light and durable.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 14th, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking about carrying around a plate. I'm wondering if I can talk the deli at wild oats to put food on it.

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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Dec. 15th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC)
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There was a time in grad school when I'd repulp my junk mail and make paper with it. Wrapping paper is also another possibility. Mostly I just tried to get myself taken off junk mailing lists, though.

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velcrocat

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from: velcrocat
date: Dec. 15th, 2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
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that's awesome! i feel totally guilty for the paper products i use.

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