I had written what I considered a really great post, but somehow my mouse got away from me and my page was erased...I have re-written it and I hope I captured all my original thoughts.
Here's a gross statistic: Canadians create 1031 kg of waste per person each year and over 75% of this waste is just piling up in landfills all over the country (http://www.recycle.ab.ca/wrw). Yup. Gross.
October 17th to 23rd is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. It's a week that is celebrated nationally, provincially and locally with the ultimate goal to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce waste through provision of access to relevant information, opportunities and options. To find local events, check with your local government/municipality/city.
There are many ways you can reduce waste...if you are reading this, you most likely already contribute by using cloth diapers on your baby. Not only are millions of tonnes of diapers not thrown away in the garbage, but the human waste is treated correctly. Did you know that it is illegal to put human waste in landfills? Do you think poop is knocked off into toilets when disposable diapers are used? I don't know many people who do that...the main reason someone invented a little genie type unit is to stop the poop from smelling after it sits around for a week, right?
And how about wipes? When I started cloth diapering my first baby, I used a lot of disposable wipes. Especially for daycare. A lot. Over time I came to realize a few things. One, they irritated my babe's bum (even the sensitive fragrance and alcohol free kinds). Two, they added up in cost over time and the special ones I was using were hard to find. And three, they were wasteful. I still have a bag around, but it takes me forever to go through one package (6 months). I love my cloth wipes. I use a variety from the great wipes that I sell to ones I made out of scrap fabric. The natural bum cleansers and water don't irritate her bum and we have virtually zero diaper related waste in our garbage.
So you're thinking, I already use cloth...what else? For those not in Fort McMurray and do not have a plastic bag ban in place, use a reusable bag when shopping. There are great produce bags available instead of the plastic ones and I think everyone has a pile of reuasable bags...you just have to remember them!
There are other things you can do to reduce around the house. Do you use reusable containers for snacks, lunches, and left overs? You can save money and prevents lots of recyclable plastics from going into landfills by using them. We carry a variety of reusable wet bags and snack bags that are not just for diaper use. You can use them for snacks, lunches, swim suits, makeup, gadgets, etc all while having fun as they come in great prints.
To celebrate Waste Reduction Week, you can save 10% on all in stock Wet Happened reusable bags by using the promo code WRW2011 during checkout October 17 to 23, 2011. Woohoo!
In other news, we will be away from the order desk attending to some family business in Saskatoon next week, so all orders placed after noon on Tuesday October 18 will be shipped Monday October 24th with a little treat. If you are in Saskatoon and would like to save shipping fees; please place your order before noon on Tuesday October 18 and select the free pick-up option (I will deliver it). We thank you in advance!
Happy waste reducing everyone!!