Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Change the World Wednesday Challenge

It is that time again. The Change The World Wednesday Challenge from our Friend SmallFootPrints .

This weeks challenge is Zero Waste Week  The challenge this year is to "Reducing waste away from home".

There are several suggestions on their site. There are several small things you can do. Here are a few things we as a family do.

1. We look for restaurants that use recycled products. There are several in Gulf Shores that use straws, and to go packaging that is made from recycled paper. We do not have very many of those where I live in Tennessee.

2. We compost what can be composted (yes I bring my trash home alot of the time). The left over food is either stored to eat later, fed to the dog, chickens, or goats.

3, We alot of the time share food. If there is a bigger meal option then that is what we do. That way they only have one package, it has to be cook one time, and less waste.

4. I have also been know to go to restaurants and ask for scrapes for my animals. That way it does not end up in the dump. This worked great when we had pigs. I took the kitchen scrapes to feed them. (Not the stuff off peoples plates as those can carry diseases.) If they serve alot of vegetable scrapes you can even go ask for them and use them in your compost.

5. Finally for those restaurants that serve those extra large drinks in plastic cups. We take those home and reuse them. They are great for working out side, to use to scoop feed for the animals, and to the kids to play with in the creek and such.

I hope you take time to visit these sites and make a small step towards making the World a better place to live. One Small Step at a time.


Small Footprints said...

What a great idea to search out restaurants that use recycled products. I didn't think that those paper straws even existed anymore. And I like the idea of sharing food to minimize waste. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!

mrs green @ myzerowaste said...

fantastic post - thanks you for sharing all your ideas. I particularly love the idea of reusing big plastic cups as animal feed scoops!