Take the 1 bag of trash challenge!

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This is an extract from my guest post over on Childhood 101. To read the full post, click here.

If you want to live more lightly on this earth, the first place to start is your rubbish bin. By focusing on waste you

  • Become more aware of what you consume
  • Get measurable results for your efforts
  • Nurture lifelong habits in the next generation.

For these reasons, I present you with the following challenge: to reduce your family’s rubbish to just one small bag per week.

I know – yikes! If bin day to you means hauling an over-stuffed Otto to the kerb, you might be thinking this is an impossible task. But it can be done. Here is a step-by-step approach to reducing the rubbish your family sends to landfill.

Step 1: Get the family on board

Talk to your children about the challenge and ask for their ideas on how to reduce rubbish. As environmental education in schools continues to improve, chances are the kids will be able to teach you a thing or two! Share with them your plan, using the steps below and ask if they’d like to help (I’d bet money on the fact they will), or together develop your own strategy. A greater challenge may be your other half, whose lifelong habits may be more difficult to break. Here are my tips for dealing with a sceptical spouse.

Click here to read more…


  1. Susan says

    I think I’ve said this before, but when I really noticed a difference in my general rubbish was when I started doing soft plastic recycling. Getting the compost going was great, but when I started doing the soft plastics that’s when I really noticed a difference. We went from overflowing to barely a third full – even with disposable nappies.

    I know the key is to reduce the amount of plastics I obtain in the first place, but by recycling them it makes you more aware of how many you acquire as well I think.

    Anyway I think I’m doing ok on the garbage front, even though I’m not quite at one bag yet!
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    • (dt)em says

      Love the soft-plastic recycling, but we still definitely have too much. It’s slowly reducing… I just discovered I can buy spelt flour and brown rice from Food Connect in paper bags.

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