Our biggest contributors to trash and recycling:
- Baby food
- Snacks (Rice Krispie Treats, Jello, granola bars, etc.)
- Macaroni & Cheese (I get this from Costco. It is pasta and cheese powder packets packaged in the 15 individual boxes then wrapped in plastic.)
- Anything frozen from Costco (egg rolls, burritos, etc.)
- diapers (these create waste in themselves, but come wrapped in 4 plastic bags in a box)
- cleaning products
I think the easiest way to tackle this without becoming completely overwhelmed is to find low-waste replacements to these things as they run out. What is going to end up happening is we'll make a lot of things from scratch at home. I feel a bit nervous about that, because I don't have a lot of time now, but hopefully we can make this work.
One thing I can try right away is toilet cleaner. We just ran out and we have four bathrooms, so we go through quite a bit of it.
Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar.
Soak, scrub, flush.
I can buy the baking soda in bulk without the packaging, and the vinegar in a large bottle. I am going out shopping today and I'll try it. Results to follow.