Then and Now

I have made a list, a long list, of the items in our home. I kept track of the items we purchase on a regular basis (yearly) for our grocery+ needs. The “Before Product”is what was purchased before going with less waste. I compared this list to another list made for the time I am trying to use less plastic, the “After Products”. I noted the type of packaging these products are: waste, compost and/or recycle. We will see a huge difference in the wastefullness with plastics, recyclable containers and even the box boards in the “After Products”.

Cleaners
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Bounce Dryer Sheets
Box is compost. Sheets are waste.
Dryer Balls or Wool Balls
Balls are waste over a long period of time. Box is compost.
Downy Fabric Softener
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable
Not purchasing this product as not really needed. one less cleaner
Tide Oxi Detergent
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable
Not purchasing this product as not needed. One less cleaner.
Liquid Tide Cold Water Detergent
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Liquid Tide Cold Water Detergent
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Clorox Bleach
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Clorox Bleach
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Lysol Cleaner, Spray Bottle
Wrapper is waste, nozzle is waste and reusable. Container is recyclable and reusable.
Lysol Cleaner, Refill Container
Cap and wrapper are waste. Container is recyclable.
Lysol Toilet Cleaner
Cap, wrapper and Nozzle are waste. Container is recyclable.
Not purchasing this product as Bleach will due. One less cleaner.
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Windex Spray Bottle
Nozzle is waste and reusable. Container is recyclable and reusable.
Windex Refill Container
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Febreeze
Nozzle is waste. Container is recyclable.
Not purchasing this product as Baking Soda will due. One less cleaner.
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Arm and Hammer Carpet Deoderizor
Box is compost
Not purchasing this product as Baking Soda will due. One less cleaner.
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Finish Dishwasher Detergent
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Finish Dishwasher Detergent
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Dawn Dishsoap
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Dawn Dishsoap
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Commet Cleaner
Container is waste.
Not purchasing this product. One less cleaner
Scrub pads
Pad is waste.
Not purchasing this product. Elbow grease will due. One less cleaner.
Stove top cleaner
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Not purchasing this product. One less cleaner.
Paper products
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Cashmere Toilet Paper
Some wrapping is waste. Tube is compost. Some wrapping is recyclable. Check the back or bottom of package for recycle symbol.
large Cashmere pack(24+) or Royale
Tube is compost. Wrapping is recyclable.
Bounce Paper Towel
Wrapping is waste. Tube is compost.
Royale Tiger Towels and cotton rags
Tube is compost. Wrapping is recyclable. Cotton rags will last a long time but go to waste eventually.
Kleenex or Scotties Tissues
Box is compost. Plastic liner in box and wrapping is waste.
Royale packs or single box. Swan brand is cheapest.
Box is compost. Plastic liner in box is waste. Wrapping is recyclable. Check the wrapping for a recycle symbol.
Toothpicks, Diamond
Sticks are compost. Container is waste.
Toothpicks, Touch
Box is compost
Bags and other plastic
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Glad/Ziplock Bags
Box is compost. Bags are waste.
Not purchasing this product as containers will due.
Bread Bags
Box is compost. Bag is waste.
Breadbox
Breadbox will be waste after decades of use until no longer useful.
Garbage Bags
Box is compost. Bags are waste.
Garbage Bags
Box is compost. Bags are waste.
Compost Bags
Box and bags are compost.
Compost Bags
Box and bags are compost.
Blue Bags
Box is compost. Bag is recyclable.
Blue Bags
Box is compost. Bag is recyclable.
Parchment Paper
Box, paper and tube are compost.
Parchment Paper
Box, paper and tube are compost.
Ceran Wrap
Box and tube are compost. wrap is waste. Teeth are recyclable.
Not purchasing this product as containers, tin foil and paper towel will due
Tin Foil
Box and tube are compost. Clean tin foil is recyclable. Dirty/contaminated tin foil is waste.
Tin foil
Box and tube are compost. Clean tin foil is recyclable. For messy jobs, bakery paper will do.
Plastic Straw
Bag and straw are waste. Box is compost.
Steele straw at Bulk Barn
Recyclable
Bathroom
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Purel Pump Bottle
Pump is waste. Container is recyclable.
Purel Refill Bottle
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Liquid Soft Soap Pump Bottle
Pump is waste. Container is recyclable.
Liquid Soft soap Refill Bottle or Handmade Bar Soap(The Farmer’s Wife).
Container and cap are recyclable. Handmade soap wrap is compost.
Menstrual Pads
Completly waste. Some packages are recyclable, need to check brands for recycle symbol.
Not purchasing these anymore, switched to DivaCup.
Box is compost. Not quite sure about the cup. Controvercy.
Razors
Stick goes to waste. Removable blades recyclable?
Reusable razors
Stick goes to waste after longcterm use. Removable blades recyclable?
Toothbrush
Whole thing is waste.
Toothbrush
whole thing is waste.
Crest Toothpaste
Tube and cover are waste
Crest Complete, with Scope Toothpaste container
Container and cover are recyclable.
Irish Spring bar soap
Wrapping is waste. Box is compost.
Irish Spring bar soap
Wrapping is waste. Box is compost.
Dove body wash
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Handmade bar soap(The Farmer’s Wife).
wrapping is compost.
Shampoo + Conditioner
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable
Shampoo Bar(The Farmer’s Wife)
Wrapping is compost.
Kids Shampoo, Loreal
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Kids Shampoo, Loreal
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Johnsons’ Baby Body Wash
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Johnsons’ Baby Body Wash
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Johnsons’ Baby Lotion
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Johnsons’ Baby Lotion
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Body Spray + Perfume
Cap is waste. Empty container is recyclable.
Body Spray + Perfume
Cap is waste. Empty container is recyclable.
Degree and Speed Deoderants
Containers are waste. Speed, cap is recyclable.
Degree and Speed Deoderants
Containers are waste. Speed, cap is recyclable.
Pantry
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Gallio Olive Oil
Metal cap and jar are recyclable.
Jar with metal cap Olive oil
Cap and Jar recyclable.
Compliments Canola Oil
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Compliments Canola Oil
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Mazola Vegetable Oil 2.8 litre
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Mazola Vegetable Oil 2.8 litre
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Pam spray oil can
Cap is waste. Empty can is recyclable.
Parkay margarine square
Box and wrapper are compost.
Compliments Vinegar
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Compliments Vinegar
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Gravy Packet
Packet is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Taco Spice Packet
Packet is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Boullion Cube
Box is compost. Wrapping is waste.
Bulk Barn.
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn
K-cups
Box is compost. K-Cups are waste.
Recyclable K-Cups or Bulk Barn ground coffee.
Bottom of K-Cup is recyclabe but top(cut it off) is waste. Box is compost.
Red Rose Tea
Box and tea bags are compost. Wrapping is waste.
Red Rose Tea
Box and tea bags are compost. Wrapping is waste.
Hot Chocolate Packets
Box is compost. Packets are waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclabe container at Bulk Barn.
Billy Bee Honey
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Atlantic Gold Honey
Cover and Jar are recyclable.
Molasses carton
Carton is recyclable.
Molasses carton
Carton is recyclable.
Chocolate Bars
Wrappers and covers are waste. Containers and tin foil are recyclable. Box or paper wrap is compost.
Bulk Barn, Box board or tin foil wrapped
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn. Paper is compost. Tin foil is recyclable.
Compliments Ice Cream Cones
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
Compliments Ice Cream Cones
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
Candy
Wrappers are waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn
Uncle Bens White Rice
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn
Kraft Dinner
Box is compost. Packet is waste.
Not purchasing this product any more.
Knorr’s Side Kicks
Package is waste.
DIY
Refill ingredients in recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Canned Soups
Can is recyclable. Label is compost.
Canned Soups
Container is recyclable. Label is compost.
Mr. Noodles
Packages are waste.
Not purchasing this product any more.
Spaghetti
Box is compost. Small plastic liner is waste.
Spaghetti
Box is compost. Small plastic liner is waste.
Lasagna
Box is compost. Small plastic liner is waste.
Lasagna
Box is compost. Small plastic liner is waste.
Ragu
Jar and lid are recyclable. Label is compost.
Ragu
Jar and lid are recyclable. Lavel is compost.
Taco Shells
Box is compost. Wrapper is waste.
Taco Shells
Box is compost. Wrapper is waste.
Compliments Bacon Bits
Container and lid are recyclable.
Bulk Barn or DIY
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Fresh Gourmet Croutons
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Nestea Iced Tea Powder
Container and film are waste. Lid is recyclable.
Nestea Iced Tea Powder
Container and film are waste. Lid is recyclable.
Panko Bread Crumbs
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn
Canned Tuna
Can is recyclable. Label is compost.
Canned Tuna
Can is recyclable. Label is compost.
Baking
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
Box is compost.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Salt
Box is compost. Metal piece is recyclable.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Compliments Vanilla extract
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Club House Vanilla extract
Container and csp are recyclable.
Spices
Caps and bags are waste. Jars or containers are recyclable.
Lots of kinds at Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Redpath Sugar
Bag is compost.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Quaker Large Rolled Oats
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Robbin Hood Flour
Bag is compost.
Robbin Hood Flour
Bag is compost.
Redpath Brown Sugar
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn
Redpath Powder Sugar
Bag is recyclable.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Fry’s Cocoa
Container is waste. Cover is recyclable.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Magic Baking Powder
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill Reusable container at Bulk Barn.
Fleischmann’s Corn Starch
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Compliments Coconut
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Sprinkles
Container is recyclable. Covers and film are waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Decorating Icing
All waste.
Decorating Cleanable Kit
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Fluffo Shortening
Box is waste. wrapping is compost.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Breads and Breakfast
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Kraft Peanut Butter
Container and cover are recyclable.
Kraft Peanut Butter
Container and cover are recyclable.
Nutella
Container and cap are recyclable. Film is waste.
Nutella
Container and cap are recyclable. Film is waste.
Store bought bread
Bag is recyclable.
Home made
Refill recyclable containers from Bulk Barn.
Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix
Box is compost.
DIY
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Cereal
Box is compost. Bag is waste.
Cereal
Box is compost. Bag is waste.
Shreddies
Box and packages are compost.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Raison Bran
Box and packages are compost
Bran Flakes and Raisons at Bulk Barn.
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Quaker Oatmeal
Box and packages are compost
Quaker Oatmeal
Box and packages are compost
Snacks
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Compliments Granola Bars
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
DIY
Refill recyclable containers at Bulk Barn.
Pretzels
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Orville Boxed Popcorn
Box and bag are compost. Wrapper is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Mott’s Fruit Cups
Container is recyclable. Box is compost. Lid is waste.
Mott’s Fruit Cups
Container is recyclable. Box is compost. Lid is waste.
Goldfish Crackers
Bag is waste.
Goldfish Crackers
Bag is waste.
Almonds
Container is waste. Cover is recyclable
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Cashews
Container is waste. Cover is recyclable.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Pistachios
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Peanuts
Bag and container are waste. Cover is recyclable.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Crackers
Box is compost. Wrapping is waste.
Crackers
Box is compost. Wrapping is waste.
Grahm Crackers
Box is compost. Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn
Chips
Bag is waste.
Chips
Bag is waste.
Rice Cake
Bag and wrapper are waste.
Not purchasing this product.
Packaged Cookies
Package is waste. Trays are usually recyclable.
Storebaked Cookies and homemade
Trays are usually recyclable. Refill recyclable containers from Bulk Barn.
Juice Box
Some wrapping is recyclable. Box is recyclable. Straw is waste.
Reusable Container
Container is recyclable. Straw and cover are waste, but will last a long time
Double Bubble Gumball Refill Carton
Carton is compost.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Fruit and Vegetable
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Prince Edward Island Potatoes
Bag is compost. Mesh is waste.
Prince Edward Island Potatoes
Bag is compost. Mesh is waste.
Bulk onions
Mesh is waste.
Single Onions
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Bulk Garlic
Mesh is waste.
Single Garlic
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Packaged Lettuce
Bags are waste
Single lettuce
Use reusable produce bag, DIY cloth bag
Multiple Turnips
Bag is waste.
Single Turnips
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Packaged carrots
Bag is waste.
Single bunch of carrots with tops still on.
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Other produce
produce bags and wrapping are waste.
Buy single items
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Berries
containers are recyclable.
Berries
Containers are recyclable.
Apples
Bags are sometimes recyclable.
Buy in bulk single apples
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Oranges
Mesh bag is waste. Plastic bag is sometimes recyclable.
Buy in bulk single oranges.
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
English Cucumbers
Wrapping is waste.
Field cucumbers
String Beans
Packages are waste.
Buy in bulk single string beans
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Broccoli
Wrapping is waste.
Buy single broccoli with no wrapping if possible.
Kiwi
Mesh is waste. Containers are recyclable.
Buy in bulk single kiwi.
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Peppers
Bag is waste.
Buy single peppers
Use reusable bag, DIY cloth bag.
Refrigerator
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
ADL Whole Milk and Chocolate Milk
Container, pull out and cover are recyclable.
ADL Whole Milk and Chocolate Milk
Container, pull out and cover are recyclable.
ADL Coffee Cream
Container is recyclable. Cap and ring are waste.
ADL Coffee Cream
Container is recyclable. Cap and ring are waste.
ADL Sour Cream
Container and cover are recyclable. Film is waste.
ADL Sour Cream
Container and cover are recyclable. Film is waste.
Farmers Cottage Cheese
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Farmers Cottage Cheese
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Black Diamond Cheese
Wrap is waste.
Black Diamond Cheese
Wrap is waste.
Kraft single cheese slices
Wrappings are waste.
Not purchasing this product any more.
Source, Yoplait Yogurt Tub
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Source, Yoplait Yougurt Tub
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Iogo Nano Yogurt Drinks
Container and wrapper are recyclable. Cap and ring are waste.
Iogo Nano Yogurt Drinks
Container and wrapper are recyclable. Cap and ring are waste.
Yoplait Yogurt Tubes
Box is compost. Tubes are waste.
Not purchasing this product any more.
Salad dressing
Container is recyclable. Cap and film are waste.
Salad dressing
Container is recyclable. Cap and film are waste.
Bold BBQ Sauce
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Glass Jars usually have metal caps.
Jars and metal caps are recyclable.
Jam
Container and cap are recyclable.
Jam in Jars or DIY
Container and cap are recyclable.
Kraft Parmasan Cheese
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Aunt Jamima Syrup
Container is recyclable. Cap and film are waste.
Real Maple Syrup in Jar
Jar is recyclable. Spout is waste.
Tostito’s Salsa
Jar and cover are recyclable.
DIY
Reusable Containers.
RealLemon Lemon Juice
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
RealLemon Lemon Juice
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Miracle Whip
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Miracle Whip
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Blue Bonnet Margarine Squares
Box and wrapper are compost. Foil is recyclable.
Parkay Margarine Squares.
Box and wrapper are compost.
Boxed canned Pop
Box is compost. Cans are recyclable.
Pop
Box is compost. Cans are recyclable.
Becel
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Becel
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Heinz Relish
Container and lid are recyclable. Film is waste.
Heinz Relish in jar
Glass container and lid are recyclable.
Compliment’s Mustard
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Compliment’s Mustard
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Heinz Ketchup
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Heinz Ketchup
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Feischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
Glass container and lid are recyclable.
Feischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
Glass container and lid are recyclable.
Feischmann’s Instant Yeast
Glass container and lid are recyclable.
Feischmann’s Instant Yeast
Glass container and lid are recyclable.
Heinz Worchestershire Sauce
Glass container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Heinz Worchestershire Sauce
Glass container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
VH Soya Sauce
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
VH Soya Sauce
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
HP Sauce
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
HP Sauce
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Compliments Bacon
Packaging is waste.
Compliments Bacon
Packaging is waste.
Deli Meat
Packaging is waste.
Deli Meat
Packaging is waste.
Compliments Hotdog
Packaging is waste.
Compliments Hotdog
Packaging is waste.
Eggs
Carton is paper recyclable.
Eggs
Carton is paper recyclable.
Graves Apple Juice
Container is recyclable. Cap and ring are waste.
Allen’s Apple Juice
Container and cap/ring are recyclable.
Five Alive Citrus Juice
Container is recyclable. cap and pull out is waste.
Oasis Orange Juice
Container and cap are recyclalble.
Fruitopia Carton
Container is recyclable. Cap and pull out are waste.
Oasis fruit drinks
Container and cap are recyclable.
Freezer
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Compliments Waffles
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
Compliments Waffles
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
Arctic Garden Frozen Vegetables
Bag is recyclable.
Not purchasing this product any more.
Meat
Plastic and Styrofoam are waste.
Meat
Plastic and Styrofoam are waste.
Cavendish Farms French Fries
Bag is recyclable.
Cavendish Farms French Fries
Bag is recyclable.
ADL or Scotsburn Ice Cream
Container and lid are waste. The ring sealing container is recyclable.
ADL or Scotsburn Ice Cream
Container and lid are waste. The ring sealing container is recyclable.
Cold Treats
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
Cold Treats (DIY)
Box is compost. Wrappers are waste.
Chocolate Chips
Bag is waste.
Bulk Barn
Refill recyclable container at Bulk Barn.
Bagels
Bag is usually recyclable.
Bagels
Bag is usually recyclable.
McCain Pizza Bites
Bag is recyclable.
McCain Pizza Bites
Bag is recyclable.
Medicine cabinet
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Coppertone Sunscreen
Container is waste
Presently looking for a better option.
Ombrelle Sunscreen
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Ombrelle Sunscreen
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Off Bug Spray
Cap is waste. Empty can is recyclable.
Off Bug Spray
Cap is waste. Empty can is recyclable.
Afterbite
Tube is waste.
Afterbite
Tube is waste.
Kids Tylenol
Cap is waste. Container and measuring cup are recyclable.
Kids Tylenol
Cap is waste. Container and measuring cup are recyclable.
Tylenol/Advil
Caps are waste. Containers are recyclable.
Tylenol/Advil
Caps are waste. Containers are recyclable.
Tums
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Tums
Cap is waste. Container is recyclable.
Bag of Halls
Bag is waste. wrappers are compost.
Hall stick
wrapping is waste. (Less waste than the bag type). Wrappers are compost.
Arts and Crafts
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Pack Of Bubbles
Cap and sticks are waste. Container is recyclable.
Large Bubble Jug Refill
Cap is waste. Jug is recyclable.
Chalk small pack
Wrapper is waste. Box is compost.
large chalk pack
Box is compost
Construction Paper
Recyclable
Construction Paper
Recyclable.
Crayola Paint, small size
Box is compost. Container and cap are waste.
Crayola Paint, large size
Container is recyclable. Cap is waste.
Crayons and Pencil Crayons
Box are compost. Wax and pencil crayons are waste.
Crayons and Pencil Crayons
Reuse wax crayons by melting into another shape together.
Markers
Box is compost. Markers are waste.
Markers
Box is compost. Markers can go to Staples gor recycling.
Googly Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, Pom Poms
All waste.
Google Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, Pom Poms
All waste.
Stickers
Stickers are waste.
Stickers
Stickers are waste.
Glue Sticks
All waste
Pritt glue stick
Container and cap are recyclable
Baby Supplies
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Pampers Diapers
Box is cardboard recyclable. Wrapping and diapers are waste.
Cloth Diapers and liners
Diaper is waste after long term use. Liner is waste.
Diaper Genii Refill
Wrapping and bag are waste. Blue ring and pull off are recyclable.
Diaper Genii Refill
Wrapping and bag are waste. Blue ring and pull off are recyclable.
Johnson’s Baby Powder
Container is recyclable. Cover is waste.
Johnson’s Baby Powder
Container is recyclable. Cover is waste.
Vaseline for Baby
Container and cover are recyclable.
Vaseline for Baby
Container and cover are recyclable.
Other Groceries
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Duracell Batteries
Packaging is compost and waste.
Duracell Batteries
Packaging is compost and waste.
Tape
Package is waste. Box is compost.
Tape
Package is waste. Box is compost.
Brita Filter Cartridge
Box is compost. Filter can be mailed back to vendor.
Brita Filter Cartridge
Box is compost. Filter csn be mailed back to vendor.
Balloons
All waste.
Not purchasing this product any more. Can make Paper mache decorations.
Paper is compost/recyclable.
Gift Bags
Compost unless sparkles and such on it.
Plain Gift bags
Compost.
Wrapping Paper
Plastic wrapping is waste. Paper is compost.
Look for minimal plastic wrapping on paper roll.
Compost.
Pets
Before Product
Packaging
After Product
Packaging
Cat treat bag
Bag is waste.
Cat treat container
Film is waste. Container is recyclable.
Iams hard cat food
Bag is waste.
Iams hard cat food
Bag is waste.
Fancy Feast wet cat food boxed set
Box is compost. Cans are recyclable.
Fancy Feast wet cat food individual cans.
Can is recyclable
Arm and Hammer Cat Litter
Largest box cardboard recycle. Most soiled cat litter are compost.
Arm and Hammer Cat Litter
Largest box cardboard recycle. Most soiled cat litter are compost.
Tetramin Fish Food
Container is recyclable. Cover and film are waste.
Tetramin Fish Food
Container is recyclable. Cover and film are waste.
Nutrafin Fish tank Conditioner
Container and measuring cup are recyclable. Cover and film are waste.
Nutrafin Fish tank Conditioner
Container and measuring cup are recyclable. Cover and film are waste.
Aqua-tech Fish Tank Filter
Box is compost. Wrapping and filter are waste.
Aqua-tech Fish Tank Filiter
Box is compost. Wrapping and filter are waste.

A lot of our products at home have changed, but I think it is for the better. By changing what I buy (where and how) I find we are eating healthier too!! I would love to be able to make much more things from scratch, but a person only has so much time for everything, especially with a large household to look after as ours!

2 responses on “Then and Now”

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  2. Keep up the great work! That is super impressive, especially with such a large household! 1 tip that I could add is try to make your own salad dressings. I make all of mine with various ingredients I have around the house and they are delicious (ie fresh garlic, fresh lemon juice with olive oil and vinegar, I sometimes add some mustard to that, or parmesan, various in season herbs, mayo if I want a creamy base etc).

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