I am well aware that there are others who have taken this type of challenge before me and have written pages of blogs with information just like I am doing right now. The information and ideas I write about in my posts will not be anything new or ground breaking.  But I have realized in just the past couple days that I can only learn how to do this, to produce less waste, by going through my daily routines, making changes in the moment, and then writing about it in this blog.

Sometimes these changes are kind of sad at the time they are made, like walking away from the grocery store last night without my favorite Hansens Ginger-ale because the cans are held together with a plastic 6-pack ring.  Sometimes these changes are frustrating, like when I repeatedly grab paper towels out of habit and think “Arrg! Now I need to figure out what to do with this.”  But this is the way to do it – jumping in, pure immersion.

So, after four days I am not trash free – but I am pretty darn close.  I have started breaking my waste into two categories – Trash I Need to Figure Out What To Do With and Definitely Biodegradable, with the later being saved for a future compost container or worm bin.

Trash I Need To Figure Out What To Do With

I do not intend for these items to remain in this bag forever (I forgot to include the window from an envelope – it is there somewhere), but at the moment I do not know what to do with them.

Definitely Biodegradable

So, the plan is to build a compost container or a worm bin.  Once I do that I can drop in the items pictured in the photo above – including the dryer lint!

When I was growing up, my best friend’s mom, Kate, who was truly a pioneer in this waste-free lifestyle business, used to make beautiful art with dryer lint.  I hope to follow in her footsteps and make something with it someday, but until then what I collect will become soil. I found out that I can compost most dryer lint from 163 Things You Can Compost: http://www.plantea.com/compost-materials.htm.