Today is the last day of the Household Waste Reduction Challenge. Thanks to everyone for participating! Now that it’s over, take some time to have a discussion with your household members about ways to start or continue reducing household waste. I’ve gathered this week’s posts below as a reference:
Two: Food is for Eating Giveaway: Kootsacs Butterfly Bags
Recycling is another step towards reducing household waste. As I mentioned earlier this week, recycling shouldn’t be touted as the answer to our household waste problems. First, households need to reduce consumption and reuse stuff. People will find that if they work on reducing and reusing, recycling won’t be as overwhelming.
Some people don’t recycle because they honestly don’t know how. If this is you, start by making a spot in your home solely for the purpose of recycling. A box in the corner, a bin under the kitchen sink or a garbage can in the carport all work well. It won’t take long to figure out a system that works. Next find out what kind of recycling program your city offers. Use a search engine, like Google, and type in recycling and the name of your city (i.e. recycling Vancouver). The what-where-how? information for recycling in your area should pop up – easy-peasy!
If you are blessed with access to a great recycling program take advantage of it, if you aren’t, recycle what you can and then focus on the reducing and reusing waste.
One more thing on about recycling. Sometimes we use recycling as an excuse for being wasteful. Recycling isn’t magic. Resources and energy are needed to make recycled material into something useful. Try not to use the option to recycle as an excuse for purchasing wasteful products like flats of bottled water. Remember: Reduce, Reuse and then Recycle.
The first giveaway is from The Green Sheep a Canadian online store sells organic mattresses and bedding, natural baby products and stuff for mom and family. For Earth Week, until April 25th, all of their products are 20% off! Today I’m offering a pair of their wool dryer balls.
These felted wool dryer balls are to be used in place of fabric softener, and to shorten the time needed to dry your laundry. Their “not quite round” shape breaks through static better than a round ball does. They are handmade in BC and have a 100% wool exterior, with a core of terry towelling.
The second giveaway is made by kreenZart. kreenZart makes fun and good quality items from new and recycled material. K’reen makes funky training pants, bags, reusable lunch and snack baggies, hairclips and other things too. If you live locally you should definitely check out kreenZart at the Farmers’ Market! Today I’m offering a set of three reusable baggies perfect for snacks and school lunches.
These cool baggies have a cotton exterior and a foodsafe PVC interior.
Enter the Giveaways:
1) Leave a comment about the Household Waste Reduction Challenge. Thoughts? Suggestions? Please leave an email address if you do not have a link on your name so I can contact you if you win.
3) Facebook, blog or tweet about this giveaway and link back to this blog. Leave a separate comment for each thing you’ve done telling me you’ve done so.
4) Become a follower of my blog.
So there are multiple ways of entering this giveaway with a potential of six entries per person!
All the giveaways this week will be open for entry until Sunday, April 24, 2011 at midnight. The winners will be announced on April 25, 2011.