We’ve made some great progress encouraging people to use products like reusable bags, travel mugs instead of disposable ones, and natural cleaning products you make at home instead of hazardous chemicals from the store shelves. More and more disposable products are now compostable, keeping them out of the landfill, but some companies are taking it to the next level. Things that can be planted after use. Yes, plantable garbage.
I feel like I should be singing. Maybe something along the lines of
Mary, Mary, landfill wary,
how does your garbage grow?
Plant Your Trash
Reduce. Reuse. Grow. is researching a way to make coffee cups that can be planted after use. They are striving to serve zero waste products with a twist. You can see more about this project by visiting Plant Trash.
Weddings are going eco-chic with plant-able invitations printed on seed paper. Botanical Paperworks doesn’t stop at weddings though. They also offer business cards, holiday cards, Christmas gift tags, coffee cup sleeves that are available in wildflower, veggie, and herb seed paper. They also have plant-able calendars. How cool is that?! In addition to a garden full of seeds, the calendar offers planting tips, recipe ideas, and harvesting tricks.
I love these pencils and splurged on a set. Sprout Pencils contain eight herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme). When the pencil gets too short to use anymore, just stick it into the ground. Just make sure not to leave your pencil out in the rain.
Keep It Out of the Landfill
While plantable products aren’t really mainstream (yet), companies are working harder and harder to keep things out of the landfills. Here’s a handy list of items you may not have realized you can compost:
- Hair and nail clippings (okay, they aren’t taking up much space in the landfills, but if you can compost them, why not?!)
- Vacuum cleaner contents (just empty the vacuum canister right into the compost and you won’t have to worry about that dust cloud you get when you dump it)
- Cotton balls and swabs (make sure they are real cotton and not synthetic materials)
- Almost everything paper (napkins, toilet paper rolls, tissues, non-glossy flyers, envelopes, junk mail, coffee filters and tea bags)
- Toothpicks (and other small wooden items like skewers and matches)
- Cotton and wool clothing (torn or cut into pieces)
- Cleaned bones and broth (but no meat please)
- Pet food (I have a dog that won’t touch food that spilled out of the bowl, so we do this a lot)
- Cardboard and paper packaging (again, nothing glossy and no tape)
Again, you can’t plant these items, but you can use them to plant… plants.
Do even more to reduce waste…
So many zero waste, living green intentions are bound to fail unless they become habits. Joybilee Farm has 42 zero waste habits for living green that will save you money.
It is estimated that American households throw away 14% of the food they buy, which makes 470 lbs a year or $600 a year. My Healthy Green Family offers 5 things you can do to reduce your household food waste.
Homespun Seasonal Living chats about waste not, want not frugality – a path to help change our mindsets about money, budgeting and likely gratitude.
Disposable products, packaging, electronics that seem to define planned obsolescence, it all ends up in the landfill. Attainable Sustainable has solutions to reduce your household waste.