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    October 06, 2009



    Thanks for another great article!

    As for your lighting issue, check your camera for white balance settings. Look for auto or play around with the other presets. If this doesn't help, you can always edit your photos before publishing. Programs like iPhoto have auto balance correction or you can do it manually. Hope that helps!

    Monica Ricci

    I used to compost but our compost pile is way at the back of the yard, so I wouldn't dump it every day. Then it got stinky and smelly and created fruit flies and Christmas Boy put the kibosh on composting! We do recycle glass, aluminum, newspaper, plastic, and cardboard though. As for cloth napkins, I love the idea -- perhaps I'll try it and see if we can adopt it at home. Right now we're paper people, but you never know! Great post as always Lorie!

    Lola Meyer

    When I store leftovers in a serving dish, I cover it with a salad or dinner plate instead of using foil or plastic wrap.
    We have a paper shredder, so all paper can go in the compost bin, or be weed suppressing mulch in the garden or pathways. Full sheets of newspaper can be the basis of a 'lasagna' garden.
    For our 'to go' lunches, we have washable tupperware, wide mouth soup thermos, and water bottles -no plastic bags.
    Over the washer/dryer, we have hung a nine foot long closet rod. Clothes are put on hangers from the washer and hung to dry.
    Hope this helps inspire!

    Laurie Z

    Wow! Love all these ideas. I have been blowing through the napkins at my house and especially love the cloth napkin on the back of chair idea! Question-- any recommendations for unstinky, user friendly composting? My hubby isn't a fan of the whole composting idea, so we need to have something that works for our family. I live in Austin and haven't heard of the "Zero Waste" plan but look forward to checking it out!


    Several years ago I bought a case of black cloth napkins from a restaurant supply store--no stains, no ironing. The case of 6 dozen seemed like a lot until I broke it down for my family of 8, including six children under 9. Not many of our napkins make it to the next meal.


    I love using my nylon "grocery bags." The ones I have fold up compactly so I always have a couple in my purse as well as more in the car console.

    I also use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels for many uses.


    Regarding composting, there are a lot of great ways to make it easier and reduce the mess factor. We have a great stainless container that sits near the sink, in our food prep area. It cleans up easily in the dishwasher, and the lid has a carbon filter that really cuts down on odors and fruit flies. (I've seen them at the Container Store and Whole Foods.)

    Emptying it frequently and rinsing out between uses helps too. If it's too far to your outdoor compost pile or bin, you could have a smaller intermediate container just outside your back door for easy dumping. Then you could empty the indoor container every day to avoid odor and fruit flies but only make the trip to the back of the yard once a week or so.

    When it's hot, fruit flies can still be a problem, but you can make an easy trap out of vinegar and drinking glass with plastic wrap over the top; poke a few small holes in the plastic wrap for the fruit flies to crawl into. Happy composting!

    Joyce P

    Anytime I have bread dry up I cut or crush it and put it out for the birds - Sometimes I do the same with apple cores and grapes that have gone soft. It helps feed the birds. Since it's snowing here right now, I pealed some apples and will put the peals and cores out for the deer.


    Bokashi Buckets are great for odorless, indoor compsting. I like the basket idea for cloth napkins (called serviettes here in Australia - very commonly used in homes). We had more of a problem with paper towel in the kitchen, so ended up buying cheap face washers (flannels?) and use them instead for less waste.

    Genny Esterline

    Great post Lorie! I like to think that as a country we are moving more and more toward Green Living. I recyle and donate what I can. Great website you posted for how to get rid of some of the items in a home that should not be dumped into landfills. I knew about computers and car batteries but never made the connection with the small AA batteries that I go through in a years time. Now I am challenged to incorporate composting into our daily lives.


    Amy Walker

    Unplug, unplug, unplug. Our TV, DVR, & Wii are plugged into a power strip that I turn off every night before I go to bed. We also just replaced our original to the house 1954 teal green toilet with a new water saver one, and we'll get $100 rebate from our county for doing so.


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