Hello my trash-talkin’ friends. As promised, here is the the third monthly Carnival of Trash, which was hosted last month at Mrs. Green’s My Zero Waste blog and will be hosted next month at Wiggly Wigglers The Rubbish Diet on Monday, October 13. If you’d like to contribute, please get your submissions in by the 6th.
I haven’t written a post specifically for this carnival because I figure this whole blog is about trash, but I will share one thought. As I read through these many posts dealing with the physical waste that we generate and solutions for reducing it, I am reminded of my meditation teacher a year ago who pointed at his head and said, “Remember. The real trash is in here.”
Let’s take care of our messes — both inner and outer. And so, with that thought, I’d like to share not a post of my own, but an article that was read aloud in my monthly Green Sangha group yesterday. It’s a very short, beautiful piece by Pico Iyer which appears in the September/October issue of Orion Magazine and is entitled “The Inner Climate.”
And now, bring on the Carnival!
Marguerite Manteau Rao presents Garbage Society on La Marguerite, in which she compares the throw-away culture she lives in now with the simpler, nearly waste-free days on her grandparents’ farm in France.
Rejin presents Here Today, Garbage Tomorrow posted at Urban Botany in which she argues that our efficient garbage removal system actually helps produce more waste. In her words, “…the mass production system, as it is designed, relies on the regular removal of stuff that never should have been made in the first place. For the inane reason of making space for yet more stuff.”
Jenn presents Four Ways To Compost Indoors at Tiny Choices and then follows up with NatureMill Indoor Composter: All That? analyzing the pluses and minuses of this particular method.
Deanna Caswell presents Little House in the Suburbs: Free Super Fertile Flower Beds posted at Little House in the Suburbs This post is not just about composting, but about the creative ways she goes about getting the material that goes into making her beds so rich.
Village Green presents
Polyflow to keep plastics out of landfills [blog removed] posted at Long Live the Village Green, about a new method for recycling all plastics. This is definitely something I am going to have to look into. (Adding to the Fake Plastic Fish “to do” list.)
Kristen presents A Napkin Alternative posted at The Frugal Girl about using cloths instead of paper napkins. I love what she says about hanging cloths to dry each night so they don’t get gross. (Hint to a certain DH.) Not so sure about needing to wash them every day though. Read her post and see what you think.
Katy Wolk-Stanley presents Waste — Is It Inevitable? posted at The Non-Consumer Advocate, listing ways to reduce the amount of food waste we generate.
Myscha Theriault presents Garbage Into Gold: Great Ways to Recycle Old Containers | Wise Bread posted at Wise Bread. Myscha is one of my favorite Wise Bread writers because her articles often combine the thrifty and the green.
Mrs Green presents Can a zero waste lifestyle save you money? posted at MY ZERO WASTE, saying, “Frugal and eco friendly can go hand in hand, as we’ve discovered on our own journey of reducing our waste.”
Condo Blues presents Zero Waste Road Trip – Can It Be Done? posted at Condo Blues, saying, “I wanted to make an upcoming road trip Zero Waste but first I had to ask myself, what the heck do they mean by Zero Waste anyway?”
That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Trash. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Trash using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.