Yesterday at the science fair, we heard a talk (that we had heard before) from a representative of the local "materials recovery center". (Our town isn't that large, and therefore our recyclables are mostly just sorted here and then sent elsewhere for the actual recycling.) That was sort of irrelevant, but the talk was informative and a good reminder to do what we can to reduce waste. I'm not really into the "green" movement. I think a lot of people/companies are making boatloads of money off of products and services that are not that much different but are more expensive because they say "green" on them. But again, I'm having a really hard time staying on topic here!!!
About 2 years ago, we made a compost container in our backyard and began putting all of the kitchen waste that we could in it, the grass clippings, and sometimes the guinea pig shavings (the book mentioned in that linked post had some guidelines for what and how much could be composted). This is such a win-win situation. Less waste going to the landfills and nutritious, "organic" (if you don't count that all the fruit and vegetables from the store were grown and sprayed with chemicals), free fertilizer for our garden beds. Of course we have to look at that unattractive bucket of scraps, but hey! That is reusing something, too!
Our local scrapbook store packages purchases in these printed paper bags, as do some other shops. For years now, I've cut them up into envelopes and used them for mailing cards. As you can see, I'm getting a bit of a backlog. This will be a perfect, mindless activity to accomplish while watching the Olympics!!!