Hello and happy Friday to all! What wonderful weather we’ve been having here in West Michigan these last few days…FINALLY! 🌞
With all this sun I decided to finally get some of my many gardening projects underway. I blame my job for the amount of projects I’ve currently got going. I work at Weesies Brother’s Garden Center in Spring Lake and I’m pretty sure most of my paychecks have gone to my new addiction, purchasing plants. Oops! Like I said in my last post, I belong to the group of crazy plant people!
Each plant I purchase comes in a little plastic container and I usually buy enough to fill a flat. Also plastic. Therefore, I end up with a bunch of empty plastic containers at the end of my projects (see picture below). While it’s not ideal that each plant comes in a perfectly plastic container, there are things I can do to reduce the waste. I save my containers and flats and use them in the winter and spring months to start my seeds for the upcoming gardening season. They can be reused until they break beyond repair and then recycled.
As if my week wasn’t already exciting enough, I had someone come to Weesies and drop off about 100 empty buckets, planters, and plastic containers. He said he had no use for them and was hoping we could use them or give them away. Naturally, I took about half of them. I transplanted my extra tomato and lettuce plants into buckets. I lined my deck with small square planters full of citronella, lavender, and lemon grass to keep the skeeters of my husband’s sweet skin. And to top it all off, I created a pollen friendly planter with the impulse buy native perennials I got this week at work. Woop woop! 🙌 Everything I’ve accumulated can be reused year after year with the added bonus of not having to pay for a single dang pot or planter. WIN!!!
While recycling has widely been considered an act of kindness to our planet, the sad fact is we’re generating more than our recycling plants are able to process. Much of it goes into the trash and inevitably a landfill. It takes longer to break down, contaminates the land around it, and creates pollution which negatively affects our health and that of the O-zone layer…which is supposed to protect all 7 billion of us! Yikes!! I don’t have cited facts to back up all of this recycling information, this is what I’ve personally read and discussed with my peers. But what I do know is that recycling isn’t what it used to be. Much of what we throw in the recycling still ends up in a landfill.
We can all do our part to reduce our carbon footprint, and the best part is it doesn’t have to be anything huge. A significant but simple way to achieve this is by cutting out the use of one time use plastics or finding ways to reuse what plastic you already have. If we all take small steps to reduce our carbon footprint, reuse plastic and other hard to breakdown materials, and find more eco-friendly ways to replace one time use plastic, together we can start to make a big difference!
Maybe I’m a nerd, maybe I’m weird, but I gotta tell ya…there’s something so rewarding about spending no money, reusing materials you already have, and creating something useful or beautiful.
What are some ways you reuse, repurpose, or recycle? Where is your zero-waste journey taking you? Like the picture on Jamma’s vision board so eloquently stated, “There is no planet B.” We all need to do our part to help keep our Mother Earth a sustainable place for us and future generations to live long, healthy lives.
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Enjoy your weekend my zany zero-wasters!