I am trying to be more mindful of waste in our house. We switched over from paper towels to reusable cloth years ago (although my cloths are starting to wear out). I try and unplug things (like the cell phone charger) when not in use, and the computer goes into sleep mode at night.
I turn off lights in rooms that are not in use (although this is still a struggle with the rest of the family). Leftovers get eaten. If I make a large amount of something (like a whole turkey), the extra gets frozen.
But I know we can do better. Here are a few things that I have noticed lately:
1) Coffee. We tend to spill out at least a large cup worth on a daily basis. G-man has a travel cup that he fills before work, and I walk around (and usually lose!) with my coffee in the morning before work (my travel mug broke). But that last cup just never gets used. So I have started making LESS coffee in the morning. Over the course of a month, it would come out to 30 cups, or I am guessing about 4 days worth of coffee. Over the year, that would be 48 days of coffee!! That is almost 7 weeks worth of coffee!!
2) Shampoo. Have you ever really read the bottle? Usually it tells you to wash and repeat. Most of us don't. We don't. But I am also guessing we use at least twice the recommended amount. I have been conscience of how much shampoo I use (no more than a quarter size squirt) and guess what....my hair is still clean!! I am curious to see how long the bottle will last.
3) Water. I have talked about Sassy's love of the long shower. But I am also trying to be aware of how hard I am running the water when I do dishes (no dishwasher). If I had a double sink, I would fill one side with soapy water, and the other with rinse water. But since I don't have that, I need to rinse with running water. It doesn't need to go full force. I am trying to cut that useage back.
Those are just a few things. How about you? What are you wasteful with?