My family does its best to keep our garbage to a minimum. Our pick-up is once every two weeks and we usually have only a blue bag and one regular garbage bag that is half full.We have our own compost in the backyard and use most of our paper in our fireplace, which we use most of the time instead of the furnace to keep the house warm. We have our own woodlot and my husband keeps busy cutting trees and replanting when he clears out a few trees. We put brush around the house in the winter to help keep the heat in the basement. When I go grocery shopping, I combine all my errands plus a visit with a friend. I have lots of the green bags to put my groceries in and I buy as big a box or container as I can with staples we use often especially coffee, milk, dog food and cat food. My mom, sisters, nieces and I exchange clothes, shoes and unwanted items with each other first and then if there is anything left it goes to the local women's shelter. For birthdays my daughters and I create handmade cards and they are appreciated by all. When I do the wash I use a full load and only a small amount of detergent with cold water. I hang up the clothes outside when I can and even some inside when the weather is bad. My cleaners include a bottle of vinegar and water. We try to take short showers and only flush when we really have to. The microwave gets used and the oven hardly ever. My husband uses the BBQ quite a lot even in the winter. I got my refrigerator fixed instead of throwing it out even though the cost would have been about the same for a new one. Reduce, reuse, recycle and REPAIR.
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