Halfway through the year, we realize the most important habit in zero waste management is ORGANIZATION. If you are not prepared with your canvas totes, mesh produce bags, empty bottles, and cotton bags, the whole thing falls apart. We keep our “kit” in the back of the car, ready to use when hitting the store. Here is what we have on hand:
Medium canvas totes (3) – to carry eggs, produce, and meat
Mesh produce bags (4) – bags up our weekly vegetables and fruit
Cotton bags for bulk products – bags up oatmeal, rice, spaghetti, flour, sugar, snacks, bread
Reusable bottles – syrups, honey, peanut butter, shampoo, laundry detergent (local stores offer fill your own)
This seems to be working, but we continue to fine-tune the kit. Our bags are not the fancy packable nylon type that fold up to a small square; but, hey, they are fine and there is no need to spend the extra money. After you remember to bring in the bags and bottles for a few weeks, it all becomes routine.
[No, the photo is not me—some sort of publicity for Victoria Beckham. I thought it was related in a very strange way. HaHa!]
Any one shaking their head at all of this, please know that our kitchen garbage can is still empty and has been for a week….