Day 9 – April showers bring…hay fever and lots of tissues

For my ninth activity, I’m going to stop putting dirty tissues in the garbage.  The City of Ottawa has a green bin program and it takes tissues. In order to make this easier, I’ve placed a green bin in the washroom upstairs and next to the garbage bin in the kitchen (our regular food waste green bag goes in the freezer so that we don’t have to deal with the smell and fruit flies!).

my new tissue receptacle

my new tissue receptacle

Edit – Following a helpful suggestion, I found a few handkerchiefs to use instead of tissues and we’ve only used a handful of tissues since!

4 thoughts on “Day 9 – April showers bring…hay fever and lots of tissues

  1. Have you thought of using hankies instead? Hubby and I challenged ourselves to live without disposable paper products and even though we occasionally forget and look in the cupboard where they used to be kept, we’re adjusting really well 🙂 http://wp.me/p4dGf9-1y

    • Great idea! Handkerchiefs aren’t easy to find in Canada these days, but I have some around the house from my time in Japan (where they’re still fairly common). I think I’ll go looking for them this week and go that small step further to make a bigger difference. Are you going without TP too? It always bugs me to think of flushing away all of that paper.

      • TP’s quite a bit harder to part with! We’ve yet to find a suitable replacement for that so for now, unfortunately, we’re still flushing paper down the toilet along with precious water and perfectly good humanure but that’s another topic altogether!!! 🙂

      • I’ve actually thought about this a lot these past few months. We use cloth wipes (cut up old receiving blankets) for our daughter. I find them more convenient than disposable wipes and don’t think twice about handling them, BUT, there’s something about using cloth wipes on myself that I can’t get past.

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