What are ways you like to be a waste less?
As we talked about before in Part 1 there are many ways to waste less through reusing, repurposing and recycling that will help us be better stewards of God’s creation. Here are additional ways that I and others have been finding help us waste less.
Starting a compost pile or bin is a great way to use up most of your food scraps equalling less in your garbage can. Plus you get the added benefit of adding nutrients into the soil for your garden. Don’t have a garden? Ask your neighbors if they would like your compost. Any gardener will say yes to free organic compost. Want to send any my way? 🙂 Holly has some great tips on how to start a worm compost bin.
Saving bones and egg shells to make stock is a great way to add calcium and other important minerals to your diet. When you’re done making your stock add the bones and shells your compost pile/bin.
I recently started saving my apple cores from my apple butter, sauce and dried apple making. I put them in a jar, covered them with water and added a l/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Now I have apple cider vinegar in the making. Peels are great to add as well but I always leave them on when I’m cooking with apples because of all the fiber they have.
I also make tepache, a pineapple vinegar out of the husks, core, water, chili flakes and oregano. So simple to make!
4. Plastic Shopping Bags
While I prefer to use my cloth or canvas bags for my shopping my friend Britt and her husband Danny have great ideas on reusing plastic shopping bags. They make shoe soles, bags and wallets out of fused plastic shopping bags. Not that either of us encourage using plastic bags but if you or anyone you know has them why not put them to use, instead of throwing them in the garbage.