I spent yesterday morning with the people behind The Clean Bin Project, Jen and Grant. As I showed in my CBC story (video link) last night, they haven’t taken out the garbage in seven (!) months. They’re buying almost nothing, except food, and even with edibles they’re following strict rules to reduce packaging and waste.
If you’re interested in reducing waste — and, like me, bored with stories about green living that encourage buying stuff — it’s worth checking out what they’re up to.
Sure, they’re on the far end from most people in the enviro-commitment spectrum. Taking the garnish home from the restaurant to put in the compost is, even in Grant’s words, “a bit silly.”
But other things they’re doing could suit the semi-committed:
- Make it harder to throw stuff away. The garbage bins they used to have around the house (bathroom, office) are gone.
- Make recycling easy. They have 10 bins, so everything has a place, and they’re all within reach.
- Don’t wait until you finish a food item to figure out whether its packaging is recyclable. Check it in the store.
We’ve been doing a bit of this at home, on the recycling front. I realized last summer that I was throwing out toilet paper rolls just because the garbage was easy to reach. So, I put a paper recycling bin in the bathroom, and now it fills up faster than the garbage.
Do you have any tips to reduce waste that you’ve used in your own home?