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Paper Towel

Several years ago I tried reducing my family’s paper towel usage by switching to cloth towels.  At first, I switched 100%. I just stopped buying paper towels and used the cloth towels instead. My family moaned and groaned. In addition to their moaning and groaning, there were a few occasions where a paper towel was… Read more


Creating my Bokashi Container

After looking around online for a Bokashi compost container, I decided to make my own. As I mentioned in my last post, I bought 2 buckets and lids from Home Depot. The next obstacle was finding the appropriate spigot for the drainage area. On my first bucket, I cut off the top of an old… Read more

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Reduce Waste – Buy Local

I’ve noticed that when I go to the local farm to buy my produce, I come home with produce and little else. No extra plastic bags or bulky marketing tags. Don’t get me wrong; some things need to be placed in bags. Ever try to bring home loose string beans without a bag? The good… Read more


Trash and Baby Steps

The Johnson family’s story has had a long-lasting affect on me. If you haven’t heard about the Johnson family, read this post. If you’re pressed for time and don’t want to read that post, in a nutshell, the Johnson family produces no trash (or almost no trash). You know the old saying that once inflated… Read more


What? No Trash?

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that there is a family in California that does not have to put the trash can out once a week for garbage pickup. They don’t produce any trash. Yes, that’s what I said, they don’t produce any trash, or, their trash is so minimal that it’s shocking. The family… Read more


What to do With Empty Wine Bottles?

Surfing the net today, I came across an interesting article entitled “Reuse Those Empty Wine Bottles: Five Ways” The ideas ranged from creating a wine bottle soap dispenser to making a wine bottle light (wall sconce, hanging light or lamp). I’ve got to say, they were pretty interesting, even if some of them weren’t’ very… Read more


I’m not quite sure, but the Bio Bag might be the solution to one of my composting problems. If you’ve read any of the earlier posts on this blog you’ll know that I’m a proponent of composting, but have a few logistical issues to iron out. One such issue is collecting all of the lovely… Read more

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I managed to save money and trash over the holiday weekend by making my own coleslaw. My laziness almost sucked me into purchasing the bag of pre-cut cabbage and carrot to make coleslaw, but my frugal nerve got very irritated when I saw that it would cost $4 for a bag that wasn’t big enough… Read more


Save the Ducks

I was in the middle of preparing dinner and realized that I needed more mayo for the meal. I asked my daughter to get me a jar from the pantry. She pulled out three jars of mayonnaise, which were all attached by a three-ringed hard plastic holder that was inserted around the necks of the… Read more