By Melanie Stewart
It’s April and that means it’s Earth Month—even if it doesn’t really feel like it. COVID-19 has dominated our lives for the past month and forced all kinds of changes, with many working from home and/or trying to keep kids occupied.
We recognize the seriousness of the situation, but also know that this could be a time to make changes that will have a positive impact—on your family’s health, your pocketbook, and the environment around you.
The first is a home waste audit. With limited trips outside your home, the waste stream you are responsible for is easy to track—and make changes. Count the number of bags of trash vs. recyclables for a week (or day, whatever is easiest) and then work with everyone in your family to get the right things in the right container. Maybe your spouse doesn’t know the gable-topped milk/juice containers can be recycled, or maybe your family needs a place to collect glass. Check out KeepOmahaBeautiful’s page or Wasteline for more information. If your family has a lot of organics, consider composting in your backyard, or through a compost club.
Don’t forget to reduce! Replace disposable items with reusable–no need to hoard paper towels/napkins if you have fabric alternatives, and they’ll save you money in the long run. Consider the packaging of items you buy and find alternatives whenever possible.