When my kids’ were a bit younger, on the 100th day of school, the Zero Hero appeared and celebrated with bags of 100 things; Cheerios, pretzels, goldfish crackers – you get the picture. Today, however is my 100th blog post. I recognize that it’s peanuts compared to some of you uber-productive bloggers who churn out multiple posts per day but given that my goal was 50 – 150 posts per year, I’m on track.
Okay, stage set, now how to celebrate? I googled 100th blog post and quickly learned what a benign concept it’s become. In fact, it’s much more alluring for me to think about being a Zero Hero and in this context, I’m talking about working towards the goal of zero waste. Here are a couple of solutions that we’ve tried to employ in our home:
1. Carry reusable water bottles. This is pet-peeve of mine as daily, I notice the amount of waste created in a corporate environment through the use of plastic water bottles. I keep a reusable bottle in my gym bag, in my office and in the car.
2. Keep a stack of reusable grocery bags in your car so that you are never confronted with the paper vs. plastic dilemma.
3. Check out your local consignment shops. From the purple bow tie that you’ll need on one occasion to the heavy iron patio furniture on my back porch, our family has been delighted with the merchandise that we’re able to get second-hand. It is the best evidence that we have of true recycling. One of our new favorites is local shop called Kitchen Switchin’ where that blender we’ve never used can be taken or where we can pick up the spiralizer that we’ve been coveting. Half the cost and little environmental impact.
4. Join a CSA. Probably no surprise that was coming. Enough said.
These four ideas certainly aren’t earth-saving but they are steps that we can take to move towards generating less waste. As much as I try however, I still find myself confronted with “things” that I’m not necessarily sure what to do with. For example:
Here’s where I need your help, the help of your friends and your families:
Send me your ideas on how to reuse the three items shown above. No cork boards please. It can be function or simply artistic. You can post your idea in the comments section or send an email to email@example.com. The winning entry (judged by the creative consultant and environmental enthusiast, Zero Hero) will receive this lovely selection of children’s gardening books that have been “outgrown” in my home but that can be recycled by a new home to encourage budding young agriculturalists. I’m also willing to donate them to the organization of your choice.
I don’t plan on running contests frequently but thought this might be a fun way to generate some creativity and to put an end to these little annoyances that I’m too conservative to toss. Have fun and please pass this along to others. Entries will be accepted up until midnight (US Pacific time) on August 12th and a winner announced the next day. Good luck!