About two months ago I posted “10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle But Should” up on the blog and last week I posted, “Recycle Right: Apparel and Textiles” (go check it out!). In honor of “America Recycles Day” on November 15th (right around the corner), I started a series on the blog called, “Recycle Right” and this is the second installment of said series!
As many of you know, we recently reopened our storefront in Oshkosh, Wisconsin but some of you may not know that there is actually a second independently owned Green 3 storefront in Princeton Wisconsin on Water Street! We wanted to do a profile on this store and the lovely couple that owns it! What follows is my interview with Jess Greget (owner and merchandiser for the storefront) from earlier this week.
About two months ago I posted “10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle But Should” up on the blog (go check it out!). Recently, I sat down with two women that work with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, Jennifer Semrau, a recycling specialist for Winnebago County, and Samara Hamze, a program specialist for the DNR. The three of us sat and talked for a while and they taught me a lot about recycling and waste management.
When we think about reducing waste and living a more sustainable lifestyle, a lot of our minds go to ditching plastic silverware, bags, and straws. Buying fruits and vegetables in the produce section that are not wrapped in plastic or bringing our own cups to Starbucks--all of these things relate specifically to food and the kitchen. However when I started writing this series, I started thinking about my beauty/wellness routine. I thought about all of the plastic that currently resides in my makeup bag, my shower, and bathroom cabinets. All of the packaging and containers for my makeup, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and lotion bottles. Plastic, plastic, plastic.
Think about how much waste we create in our kitchens--plastic saran wrap, sandwich bags, paper napkins, food packaging-- the list goes on and on. The reality is, all that stuff we throw away in our kitchen ends up somewhere like taking up precious space in our landfills. While there are some people who are successful living a “Zero Waste” lifestyle, sometimes it’s hard to even know how to take a step in the right direction. The truth is a lot of the waste we create in the kitchen is avoidable! Check out the list below of sustainable kitchen supplies to reduce your family’s waste!