Family vs. Garbage
Jeanie, a spunky thirty-five-year-old, admits that at first it did. She laughs to recall how, when they began their "adventure" last summer, she was determined not to purchase anything with packaging. Once the school year started and the family got busier, she says, "We realized that recycling is OK."
The Wilsons now put out a nearly full recycling cart each week, and a compost cart about every other week in season. That soul-draining garbage cart, though, now goes to the curb only about four times a year.
Jeanie opens her kitchen pantry: no Cheerios or Cheez-Its there. Instead, the shelves are lined with glass jars in all sizes, purchased from thrift stores and then filled with bulk flour, pasta, rice, beans, chocolate chips, Craisins, and more. In the fridge, there's just one item wrapped in plastic: corn tortillas. The milk is from Calder Dairy (in reusable glass bottles) and the eggs are hand delivered (in reusable cartons) by a farmer who also supplies fresh meat (the remnants of a whole pig are in the freezer). Carrots are kept in a mesh bag. A sourdough bread round is on the counter under a glass dome.