Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Recycling

    "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" ~Old English Proverb      


I have always been an avid recycler, everywhere I lived. I like it when there are options available. Unfortunately, here our only options are to take cans and bottles in to exchange for cash or take other materials to Bakersfield, to their appropriate recycling facility, where they exist.


We try to recycle as much as we possibly can. I feel like we have too great of a trash output for our small family, especially considering how rarely we buy products with much packaging. I buy a lot of items from the bulk section of the grocery store, and we recycle the bags, when the boys pick up dog poop and for bathroom trashcans. Jars from peanut butter, spaghetti sauce and other items are all reused again and again. 


        Even clothes are recycled down to their smallest possible form. Like the children’s story, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, where the man recycles his coat down to a vest, to a handkerchief, and eventually to a button. 

Jeans go from pants, to capris, to shorts, to patches for other jeans and material for projects. Clothes that manage to survive my children until they grow out of them are passed down to younger siblings or to friends and family.
            Peelings and cuttings from fruits and vegetables are a tasty treat for the rabbits (when safe), biscuits and pancakes and breads go to the chickens. Juice bottles are filled with water and put in the deep freezer for the animals to keep cool in the summer months. Rabbit and chicken manure, coffee grounds and eggs shells are recycled in the gardens and planters.

What do you do around your home to recycle?