Recently, Toby and I have been talking a lot about our lifestyle. Specifically, how many single use plastics (and all types of plastic, really) we have historically used in our home. We have also become keenly aware of how much trash we are producing as a relatively small family of three. I mean, after all, what happens to our garbage? We throw it away, right? Except, there really is no "away". Our trash ends up in landfills or makes its way into our water system, eventually leading to the ocean.
We have begun taking baby steps to reduce our waste, and to eliminate (to the extent possible) our use of plastic. We know that last one will be tough... Plastic is pervasive in our society. Nearly every product consumed has some form of plastic packaging. In 2010, scientists estimated the total amount of plastic trash dumped in the ocean to be eight million tons.
One of the steps we've recently taken is to order our toilet paper in bulk from Amazon. We purchased the 60 count box of Seventh Generation toilet paper. Each roll is wrapped in paper (still too much packaging), but the paper is recyclable.
The paper is shipped in a large cardboard box (reusable and/or recyclable), the paper wrapping is easily recycled, and the cardboard tube can be repurposed (for those of you who are crafty) or recycled as well. NO plastic.
This is a simple swap anyone can make. Plus, we won't have to buy toilet paper that often because this large box will last us for a while!
What steps are you and/or your family taking to reduce waste and simplify?
Edited to add: By the way, this toilet paper is also made of 100% recycled materials! Bonus!