Recently, my husband was away at a conference for 6 days. He was really missed by all of us, but it also opened my eyes…
Less husband = less trash.
That sounds like a real dig at him, but I don’t mean for it to be. The reason this nasty equation came to mind is because, in his absence, I realized that we really do create less trash.
Maybe it’s because one less body means less waste. Maybe the things he uses are really over packaged. Or maybe it means that my well-meaning husband is sometimes forgetting the fundamentals of recycling. It only occurred to me because during his hiatus, the rest of us only created one bag of trash in 6 days, and this wasn’t a large bag either. Our under-sink trash can (which is actually only an 22 quart wastebasket) is relatively small compared to some in-home trash cans.
He was really proud to come home and tell me about all of the recycling efforts at the conference, but I wonder if I’m so busy telling others how to ‘go green’ that I’m missing something here at home that I should be doing to make it easier for him, and all of us for that matter.
It’s time for me (and maybe you also!) to assess our homes and our recycling practices. I think simplicity and ease is the key. And I might need to look closer at what I’m buying, what he’s using and what he’s trashing. Or maybe he just needs a good “list!”
New mission… one bag per week! Whoa, we’ve got a long way to go!
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