Earth Day – April 22

19 Apr

April 22nd is Earth Day!!

A day when more than 6 million Canadians join over 1 billion people worldwide to address environmental issues.  Watch our MCC neighbours in Ontario at creationcarecrossroads for new posts every day this week to celebrate the progress in renewing relations with creation.

And, in continuation with this week’s family care focus we wanted to highlight another great piece by enviromom – the one can a month challenge:

Reduce home trash to one can a month!

Have you ever looked in the trash cans scattered around your house? What’s in there? Paper towels and tissues? Food? Plastic packaging? There is a lot of stuff in our garbage cans that doesn’t really need to be there, and EnviroMom’s One Can A Month Challenge is going to help you reduce the amount of garbage your household generates down to one curbside can a month. Really! Well, if you’ve got a kid in disposable diapers, maybe not, but you can start now so that by the time junior is potty-trained, you’ll have dramatically decreased your household waste.

In July 2008 we challenged our readers to do it — we walked through each room of a typical household and identified the waste generated and ways to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste in order to keep household garbage destined for the landfill at a minimum. Both of our families of four only set out one 32-gallon can of garbage each month, and we figure that if we can do it, anyone can do it.

The key to this challenge is to take it s-l-o-w. Don’t panic. Don’t try to make all of these changes in one day or one week or even one month. Think of it as a journey, and focus on one room at a time. Take the time to incorporate new routines and systems into your household and talk to your family about why you are making these changes. Read our post on the importance of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to understand why household waste reduction is important for the health of the planet and your family.

When we talk about ‘one can’ we mean the garbage can you are currently putting out each week. It doesn’t matter what size it is — the challenge is to see whether you can reduce the amount of garbage in that can. If your garbage hauler doesn’t offer once-a-month service, then challenge yourself to only fill that can 1/4 of the way each week.

Ready to take the challenge? Add your comment below to signify your commitment to at least try to reduce your garbage. Check out our archive of posts from the One Can A Month Challenge and see if you, too, can reduce, reuse and recycle enough waste in your home down to one curbside garbage can each month.

Here are all of the challenge posts, room by room:


Laundry Room

Kitchen: Buying groceries with less packaging

Kitchen: Composting and avoiding food waste

Kitchen: Living without disposables

Home Office

Adult Bedroom

Kid Bedroom and Playroom

Pet Waste

Hobby-related Waste

Light Utility Waste

No-Waste Parties

The Importance of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

We know our No Waste Wednesdays readers are doing great things on their own too – We’d love to hear the ways you are challenging yourselves and what special events are happening for Earth Day in your communities.


3 Responses to “Earth Day – April 22”

  1. angelika April 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    I was inspired to do this a few years ago when i read a story in the VAncouver Sun about a woman on Vancouver Island who only took out her garbage every 18 months!! she was a fanatic about recycling. it was so inspiring. we realized that for the most part, we were putting out garbage bags that weren’t full, just because it was garbage day. when we realized that, we decided to wait until it was really full. we also started composting around the same time, which made a HUGE difference. now, we take the recycling out every week but garbage cans only about every 3 weeks or more. it’s reallynot that hard.

  2. angelika April 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    one more comment – i just read the enviromom blogspot about recycling in the bathroom and i want to share a tip and a concern. here’s a tip: LUSH stores carry hair products that have no packaging. you buy bar shampoo and bar cream rinse (like a soap bar) so you have no plastic containers of any kind and since it’s a solid, it’s also great for travelling. my concern was enviromom’s brief reference to having an IUD put in to stop having her period. that raised all kinds of red flags for me. i’m committed to caring for the environment but i’d rather use disposable feminine hygiene products before i’d go to this extreme. i realize some women have health issues that require them to do some extreme things about their menstral cycles but this route frightens me! i’ll stick to exploring enironmentally friendly feminine hygiene products!

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