This blog does not get an unreal amount of traffic.
My page views are not off the charts.
And I am totally okay with that.
That’s because I love hearing from friends and family (and those on the internet) about what they have learned from my blog. It makes all of it worth it.
I have had friends in Washington reach out about recycling questions. I have had family friends in Maryland send me food waste articles. Followers now know what to do with their old running shoes, their old Apple products, and their old jeans.
I had a friend from DC message me the following:
“I love following your blog and seeing all that you do to help the environment. It really inspires me to do little things to do my part. I realized how awesome cloth napkins are for EVERYDAY!”
So much excitement about cloth napkins!
Another friend has started composting, like real composting in her backyard. I am so proud!
Just being able to make one small difference is really what this blog adventure is all about.
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Let’s be honest. Weddings are quite wasteful. All that hullabaloo for just one day.
The biggest investment in our “special day” is feeding all of our guests. As a couple, we decided to avoid the detested dry chicken breast and sad, floppy asparagus in an unidentified sauce.
Instead, we are going for food that we love and that we know our guests will love. This will hopefully lead to less food waste since everyone will be cleaning their plates and filling their bellies.
But being realistic, everything will not be eaten. There will be food waste.
I have not yet researched into whether or not it is an option to donate unused food, but for now, I do know that composting is my number one option right now.
Healthy Soil Compost is a member of the Green Wedding Alliance and also the service that picks up my household compost. Since I love supporting my bicycle powered pick up service, it only makes sense that they come and collect any leftover taco bits from our reception.
Most of the time when we think of what goes into compost, we think of organic food waste and yard clippings.
While that is entirely correct, there are plenty of other natural items that can be added to your compost pile as well. Here are some other items you may have been tossing into a landfill that are perfectly acceptable to be returned back to the soil.
Crackers & pretzels
Pasta, rice, and grains
Loose leaf tea
Natural fibers (ie. cotton, hemp, silk, wool)
Human and pet hair
Lint from dryer and vacuum
Napkins, paper towels, and tissues
Wooden chopsticks and popsicle sticks
Brown paper bags
Expired jams and preserves
Cotton balls & cotton swabs (the cardboard kind)
Think of what will actually be left in your trash can! Probably not a lot!
All of this depends on if you are composting at home or using a service. If you have compost collection, your municipality or service will give you exact guidelines of what is and is not allowed.
I started composting for the first time when I moved to the City.
That does not sound like it should be an accurate statement, right? But it is! You can learn more about how I started to compost in this previous post.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I decided to start keeping track of how much food waste I was collecting in my composting bucket. To do so, I first weighed an empty bucket with my hanging scale. Then when it was time for me to put out my bucket for pick up, I would weigh it again and subtract the weight of the empty bucket, leaving me with the correct amount of weight.
August through December of 2016, I diverted 51.36 pounds of organic waste from the landfill!
That is only the measurement of me (and sometimes K) contributing for only 5 months of the year. Think of what we could do in a whole year!
My bucket and I have now been through all the seasons together. In the spring, I kept a potted plant on top of it. In the summer, the bucket smelled a bit when it was opened so I tended to do that outside. In the fall, we were happy campers, and in the winter we have already worked through some freezing and thawing cycles.
Jazzed up my bucket with a potted plant in the summer
Obviously this photo was not taken in December
Warming up inside during winter
I am so glad to have started this composting journey. Not only have I learned a lot, but everyone else around me has learned a lot whether they wanted to or not. K’s friends even ask him how the composting is going. I know it’s in jest, but at least they are talking about it!