How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log March 2016

zero waste challengeIMG_5330On March 30, in the big garbage bin in the garage, there are 2 kitchen-sized garbage bags. Our kitchen garbage can is nearly empty.  Continue reading “How to Lower Your Cost for Trash Removal: My Zero Waste Log March 2016”

7th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Incentives for Using Alternatives to Plastic Shopping Bags: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

One of the best parts of living in Fairfield is living near the water. The beaches along the Long Island Sound are enjoyable during every season of the year, especially summer, of course.

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How lucky indeed! This frame was a gift from Marilyn a few years ago. We share a love for the beach.

But in the last 3 – 5 years, I’ve seen an increase in the amount of trash that washes up on the shore, mainly plastic, a lot of it is some form of a plastic bag. According to data from the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanups, plastic bags are consistently in the top 10 pieces of trash collected on beaches around the world. Continue reading “7th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Incentives for Using Alternatives to Plastic Shopping Bags: Frugal Fairfielder Edition”

5th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Small Steps to a Zero Waste Kitchen: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

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The great Zero Waste compromise with DH.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, we started the road to the Zero Waste kitchen when we bought a compost bin. Back in 2003,  I just wanted to start making my own soil and stop paying a lot for garbage service!  Continue reading “5th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Small Steps to a Zero Waste Kitchen: Frugal Fairfielder Edition”

3rd of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Creating a Zero Waste Closet: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

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To quote Bea Johnson, fellow working mom who inspired me to strive for a Zero Waste Home, “Zero Waste is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet!”  

In her post, The Zero Waste Closet, Bea says that the Zero Waste lifestyle is sadly associated with careless / carefree clothing.  Continue reading “3rd of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Creating a Zero Waste Closet: Frugal Fairfielder Edition”

Quotable Quotes for Sustainable Serenity 10.14.12

Maybe you are like me, and when you were 10, you routinely read your parents’ copy of Reader’s Digest.  My favorite page was “Quotable Quotes.”  Perhaps this is where I got my inspiration to start a chapbook of quotes and words of wisdom to help guide me to best overcome the adversity of life with grace and determination.  Continue reading “Quotable Quotes for Sustainable Serenity 10.14.12”

Another Reason to Invest in a Reel Push Mower: It’s Easier to Get Your Kid to Mow the Lawn!

First push mower lesson for our daughter.

Last spring, I wrote about the benefits of having a reel push mower.  With the price of gas going up again, being diligent about using this mower has been good for our wallet.  Continue reading “Another Reason to Invest in a Reel Push Mower: It’s Easier to Get Your Kid to Mow the Lawn!”