A few weeks ago, we began composting. We’d thought about it for years. You know, buying the big drum for the back yard, saving the earth and everything. Then we thought…we know nothing about this! Enter my new friend and awesome woman business owner Megan Masterson of Ground Down. (www.grounddown.org) who has a business of composting food scraps. Yes, brilliant!
After learning about her company’s process and signing up, Megan came by and brought a tightly sealed bin where we place our scraps at the end of each day. Then once a month she picks up the bin and leaves a fresh clean one and we’ve felt like we’ve done something good. No worry about how or when to turn the barrel, is it even working and what do we eventually do with it all?
This composting initiative then began a whole series of changes in our household. Of course, we’ve always been conscious about those everyday things like sorting recycling, turning the lights off and conserving water, but we decided to get creative and guess what? We’re having so much fun.
And it didn’t stop there: I have exactly 22 cloth napkins. Gray, taupe and even beige napkins with silver thread. They’re for “special events” and they’re just lovely. Over the last few weeks though I really got to thinking…what is a “special event”? Shouldn’t every day be worthy of these cloth napkins? So, we made this change too and are no longer using paper towels or paper napkins but enjoying our lovely cloth napkins while even having our morning bowl of cereal. Things continue to grow and we’re discovering new sustainability improvements.
For a few more tips, I reached out to Megan from Ground Down. Here are some of her favorite sustainability tips that she uses in her own home:
1. Paper Grocery Bags
“We get paper bags from the grocer and use them as garbage bags. The paper helps eliminate plastic from the house/landfill and saves money.”
2. Kitchen Cleaner
“Use baking soda and white vinegar to clean counters instead of buying additional cleanser. We already have those in our house, and they remove grease from our stove like a pro!”
3. Reuse Cups/Mugs
“There is no need to get a new glass or mug for each drink or meal and then send it through the dishwasher. Use the same one for a few days, just do a quick hand wash/rinse of the mug, and you’re ready for your coffee tomorrow.”
We all need to do our part. Those little things really do add up!
Want to learn more about Megan’s work and Ground Down? Click here!