The first step for me was observing just how much waste was going into our trash can every day.
The second step was realizing that much of what I was throwing out was recyclable. I've always recycled the obvious things, but didn't realize how much more I could recycle.
Next I made some changes.
- cloth napkins
- reusable grocery bags (ALL the time, not just when I remember)
- mesh produce bags
- compost bin
Again, these all seem like obvious first steps that I should have taken a long time ago, but at least they have become our new norm.
Now I'm ready for another change. My next goal is to eliminate paper towels from our home. Although they sit on our kitchen counter, we use them pretty sparingly. Just this morning I've moved them out of sight and am vowing that I personally won't use them at all. I'm thankful for the good supply of cloth I have and will rely on those for cleaning.
If you have ideas for my next next step, please share!