I am not perfect and don’t plan to be anytime soon. I buy to much when I should do with less and I always seem to waste more then I think I should.
I try to do better.
I compost because I have a garden, I use glass cups instead of plastic, I don’t do tupperware, and my kids use real plates and glass (in 6 years I can count the broken dishes on one hand) and we are trying to go paperless.
As an old dog I understand my bad habits will probably not change, at least not much. I may become resolute for a week or two about some sort of waste and how we as a family should do better. Then it seems we slip back into our old routines. But we have made permanent changes.
One of those changes is to reuse or re-purpose as much as we can. I got an iPad mini for Christmas. I have so many charging cords already that a docking station seems pointless but I knew I needed something to keep it off the counter. After all, I plan to use it for iBook cookbooks and recipes and didn’t want it easily ruined when drenched by the first spill.
I went to the garage and luckily, in a light bulb moment, I spotted an old round wood cutting board. It was perfect. I got out the saw and cut off the end. Then I cut a slot wide enough for the iPad to fit with a little wiggle room so it would angle back for better reading and, voilá, I have a stand. It works so good I made three more and have them in different places around the house.
If you are handy, or someone in the family is, you can knock these out in minutes with a saw.
The wonderful thing is, since it is made from a wood cutting board, it fits in nicely with the decor of our house.