Three Reasons to Care What's in Your Trash Can

>> Tuesday, January 12, 2010

1) Trash is a waste of money. You pay for the packaging your food and other products come in. Then you immediately throw that packaging away. And you pay for the garbage bag you put it in, and then you pay for someone to come take those garbage bags away. Everything about trash is a waste of money.

2) Your trash is the window to your soul.
What would someone discover about you by looking in your trashcan?

3) Trash is taking over our oceans.
There's a spot in the Pacific ocean where so much plastic has accumulated, they call it the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It's an island of plastic the size of Texas, where plastic is choking out all the sea life.

Who cares about trash?

:: Fake Plastic Fish writes about one specific aspect of our trash: plastic. You should also check out the other plastic free bloggers and her plastic free posse listed on her site here, and take her Show Us Your Plastic Trash challenge.

:: My Zero Waste helps people reduce the amount of trash they produce.

:: The Story of Stuff describes the sale, use, and disposal of all of our stuff.

:: Catalog Choice helps you reduce your junk mail.

:: Earth911 tells you everything you could possibly want to know about recycling - including where to recycle.

:: Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte describes the intriguing journey of trash from your own bin to the landfill.

Why do you care?


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mrs green @ January 12, 2010 at 2:32 AM  

Thanks for the mention of our site and for a great post too. I love how you have pulled all the money-wasting concepts into place. You're so right - it IS a terrible waste of money, let alone resources.

Warm wishes
mrs Green @

Faith January 12, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

It actually gets under my skin every time I see someone throw something away that could be recycled. What's the point of throwing it away? Our trash is picked up once a week with one bag in it. Our recycling is picked up once a month and it's always overflowing. I want everyone to have this problem!

Michael January 12, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

Another way that trash costs money is that we pay taxes for landfills and our tax money also goes to clean up any "leaks" of trash into our waterways and groundwater.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper January 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

@Mrs. Green - Thanks for having a great site! I love to point out the money saving side of going green anytime I can.

@Faith - That irks me too.

@Michael - Good point. Thanks for commenting - we need more male voices around here. :)

viagra April 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

Yeah so truth, but it can't be helped, we gonna die round by trash, this world it's already a big wastebasket so...

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