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27 Feb


To close off the month of February and our theme of disposables, we wanted to leave you with a reflection on habits.  Many of us have great intentions of living with less waste however when we are confronted with a challenge it is difficult to live out our ideals.  In those moments we are more likely to make decisions based on our defaults, our habits – what we’ve always done or what seems most convenient.

One aspect to developing a life with less waste is to make a habit of reducing the number of disposable products we depend on.  Cultivating environmentally sustainable habits promotes new skills, resiliency, and reduces waste.

Susan Pokorny of pure home and body offers this reflection,

Ok, before I even begin this article, I’d like to set the record straight. I do not claim to be the Queen of Green. I’ve used plenty of disposable products: paper plates, baby wipes, utensils, and more. I even have a box of plastic straws in my cupboard… Just like you, I’m navigating through this process and trying to consume and throw out less. I’ve had seasons in my life where I’ve relied on disposables more than others, now much less than I used to.



Our culture is a disposable one, it’s convenient, and we are busy. The other weekend I saw The Lorax with one of my kids. It was colorful and lively and I was inspired. One thing that struck me was the “plastic world”. There was no grass, the trees were plastic and had to be blown up, not unlike those holiday yard displays. As I watched, I thought that we are not far from that.

What is our world made of?  Our society in general relies on a lot of man-made, synthetic, disposable, one-time use things: diapers, plates, wrapping paper, snack and food storage bags, water bottles, coffee machine singles, you name it, it’s probably been made into a single-use-plastic-synthetic-version.

We have too many choices   When something breaks, we change our minds, or we just tire of it, it can be easy to find a replacement. I’m going to sound old by saying this, but things just aren’t made the way they used to be. I could spend hours telling you about plastic toys for the kids that didn’t even hold up for an hour after they’ve begun to play with them. Yet, I still have some silk scarves all the kids have played with for 15 years.  They’ve been fashioned into skirts, ropes, gift wrappings, and most recently superhero capes. My point in all this is in our disposable world we do have many long lasting alternatives. Sometimes it just takes a little longer to find, but it’s worth the effort.
Read the full post here.

Check back to our posts in 2011 & 2012 for lots of ideas on how to reduce the number of disposable products you depend on.
Any new eco-habits you’re developing?  Leave us a comment and tell us about them!