Modern homesteading life requires one to become a more conscious consumer by reducing, reusing, and recycling efforts. We believe even the most simplest of steps makes a big difference.
Perhaps it’s as simple as wearing those same old pair of boots for one more year or bringing your own bags to the store, or purchasing something of quality like cast iron pots that will last longer than your lifetime. Small changes add up over time.
Modern society has become a disposable
one with items made not to last (planned obsolescence). If we do purchase something new, we always try to purchase quality – cast iron ware, solid wood (not particle board), etc for a long lifespan.
However, we buy mostly second hand items – or give salvage items a second life and often tap into our creative spirit through upcycling items.. How fun is to save an item off the side of the road from the dump and re-purpose it into something useful.
Also, to reduce unnecessary packing we purchase some household items and staples in bulk through a food co-operative.
Composting is our biggest way to handle the waste our family uses. The average American produces 4 lbs of landfill waste every day – that’s more than 50 TONS over a lifetime. Half of this waste is compostable.
We believe “Compost happens” and SHOULD happen. Here at the Urban Homestead project, we have many different composters: solar cone digester (one of our faves!), solar scrap eater, handy dandy tumbler, stackable ones (got those from the City of Pasadena), worms and our most favorite of all – our animal menagerie (aka “pet organic composting systems”).
But the cinder block composter is by far the cheapest and simplest to use. We made ours out of recycled (free) cinder blocks. We just pile up yard waste and let rot. Easy peasy.