As you may know, I am proud to be a Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle Member. Tom’s of Maine has been committed to sustainable choices since 1970 and they treat every month like Earth Month. I consider myself to be a very eco-friendly oriented person but even I find their level of commitment to green goals truly inspiring. That is why I am so happy to share with you the Tom’s Of Maine Less Waste Challenge. To encourage families to create less waste and to inspire future generations to make more sustainable choices, Tom’s of Maine and TerraCycle joined forces to launch the #LessWasteChallenge. Can you reduce waste for earth month? I am taking the challenge and I hope you do too!
Can You Reduce Waste For Earth Month?
According to the EPA, more than 250 million tons of waste is generated every year in the United States and the average American family produces nearly 125 pounds of trash every week. Wow. That is staggering really. Imagine if you had to bury that 125 pounds of trash in your own back yard each week. You can quickly see how that would become a problem. Well, burying it out of site is no less of a problem. I think the first step towards successfully reducing household waste is having that realistic visual that gives you a real reason to create less waste. For me the visual of having to bury my own trash in my yard works wonders. Did you picture it? Can you reduce waste for Earth Month?
Take The Less Waste Challenge #LessWasteChallege
Need a little inspiration?
For 45 years, Tom’s of Maine has been taking its own #LessWasteChallenge by developing natural personal care products with a focus on natural, responsible and sustainable practices and materials. Today, Tom’s of Maine has a goal of zero waste to landfills by 2020 at its manufacturing facility in Maine. Now that is impressive! I love hearing real stories like that because they make me think, if they can do it, so can I!
Now that you have reason to take the Tom’s of Main Less Waste Challenge, how does it work? Well, you just visit http://www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste and click on the blue button that says, “I ACCEPT THE #LESSWASTECHALLENGE” and then after you click it will ask you what state you are from so they can add you to the map and you can see the impact adding up. When I signed up was at “79248” pounds of waste we’re all committed to keeping out of our landfills this year! I love watching small efforts add up for large impacts. I also tweeted my commitment to hopefully inspire others to join in the Less Waste Challenge.
Now that you are committed you can scroll down for great tips on how to create less waste in your home. They have a ton of great suggestions to help you cut down on waste and they let you know just how many pounds less of waste your choices can make. Here are a few examples but there are many more ideas on the challenge link in the previous paragraph. Chose disposable blades, not disposable razors= 2.3 pounds less waste. Use a cloth instead of paper towels= 45 pounds less waste.
They also have some really creative and fun ideas like the one shown in this short video:
Waste Less Challenge- Week 1
So to start off I made the commitment to waste less. I then read through the Tom’s of Maine and Terracycle suggestions for ways to create less waste and shared them with my family. I watched fun videos with suggestions like this swap video. And then I printed out this little image below and my family is using it track our progress with hash marks for each item we put in the trash or recycling and also for each total bag of trash. It really works instantly! Believe me, you don’t want to be the one to hash mark next to bags of garbage going to landfills.
An extra little tip that my family uses is to have a tiny trash can and a large recycling bin. If you fill up the trash, you have to take it out to the big bin outside so you think if that item can be recycled or composted or upcycled before you toss it in the garbage.
We are happy to be reducing our household waste. Take the challenge and let us know how it goes in your house!