If you may recall, back in March I wrote about an interesting new on line project starting in the Guardian called "Live Better".
Each month, it focuses on a different area of sustainability, this month's challenge on the Live Better Site is : to recycle and reuse everything you possibly can, instead of throwing it away.I signed up to join in, as I have done with the previous challenges on food waste and energy consuption. In each of the previous challenges I found ways to reduce my food waste or energy consuption even though the changes were minimal.
That is not a criticism of the challenge btw, I think it is a really good idea and it has certainly given me some food for thought! A few years back I would have found it easy to reuse and recycle more, but maybe that is the problem? We have already done so much here in our lives on the reduction and recycling front that it gets harder and harder to do even more?
I guess if we bought no packaged, prepared goods at all we would reduce packaging waste - but it is very difficult to do so and we make sure we buy recyclable packaged goods. I honestly cannot see how we could increase our recycling as we already recycle everything we can. We re use a lot of it, first as well. And as for composting...! Well lets just say nothing goes uncomposted. Except - we could have a composting toilet. Now that's a plan.
Does anyone else find challenges like these hard to do, just because it is the normal, routine way of life for you? I am sure that other challenges would be more difficult for us (cutting out computer use, anyone? Or maybe eating local, with zero imported goods at all such as coffee, chocolate, spices etc?)
Comments welcome please