making a list and checking it twice…

A grocery list, that is (but please keep singing!). Don’t scoff- planning at least some of your meals can have a bigger impact than you think. A part of the massive food waste in the US occurs in our refrigerators. Think about it: what food did you just throw out? For me, it was pizza dough (didn’t get to it in time). And pudding (now I know everyone hates butterscotch).

Think it takes too much time to keep track? My list keeps me moving quickly through the store and I usually don’t forget anything, which means fewer trips to the grocery (more time saving and less gas!). Keep a running list on your phone or fridge.

when size matters

which of these three do you want in your house?

Are you tired of lugging (and storing) huge plastic bottles of laundry detergent? And then tossing that chunk of plastic when it’s empty? You have options. Pods are smaller, but still contain plastic and can be pricey. We use concentrated detergent- you get the same number of washes from a much smaller bottle. (hint: measure so you don’t use more than you need.) But a friend just introduced me to detergent sheets (where have I been?). They dissolve in the wash and you’re left with a slim cardboard envelope. A quick search shows I can’t buy them locally but they’re available online. I look forward to the extra space in my cabinet!

forget the 3 Rs

I spend more time than I like reducing, reusing, and then recycling everything else. I’d almost forgotten about the original and number one R. Refuse. If I don’t bring junk home, I don’t have to worry about reusing and recycling. Join me in saying, “Thank you so much, but no thank you.” I’m applying this to hand-me-downs, business cards, and event swag (like conferences and parties, although sometimes it’s so tempting). For family, you can even add, “I love you, but I don’t love that (fill in the blank).” If I know I’m going to give it away – cool as it may look at the moment- I’m going to try not to take it in the first place.