According to Green Upgrader, waste increases by a whopping 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Their accompanying infographic is an eye-opener and might alter
In 1995, one study concluded, Americans threw out about 27% of edible food that year. According to a 2004 study by the University of Arizona, that figure increased to 50%. The waste is mind-boggling. Just think about it: ONE HALF of all the food fit for consumption may get thrown out. Extrapolated out to dollars and cents, the same study concluded
Christmas on a Friday means lots of things - four day weekends for many 9-5ers, a few days after New Years before the kids head back to school...and that you have to hang onto your wrapping paper and waste until at least Monday when the sanitation department people get back to work. But, of course, you'd never just lug it to the curb and send if off to landfill land.
But what should you do with it?
Here's two tips from Inhabitat:
This Instructable got me thinking: in the era of resource-watching and water rationing, are automated sprinkler systems more responsible, as its organized and at the right time, or wasteful, as they can water when not necessary, etc? Are lawn sprinklers EVER okay anymore? Is is different for produce gardens?
Something called Lay It Out has "invented" life-sized furniture templates that help you envision where your furniture will go before buy it. Or move it in. Or whatever. This idea is so stupid, I’m tempted not to go on, but I will.
The templates, starting at $14.99, are available in various shapes including sofas, chairs, beds, love seats, dining tables and rugs. Yeah, that’s right, templates for rugs. Sheesh.
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