Number 1: Our backyard is covered in a thin layer of compost.
Since we get most of our compost's raw materials from our neighbor's lawn clipping and leaf bags, quality control is low, and for a few weeks after we spread the compost, we find miscellaneous bits of noncompostable trash in the yard.
Number 2: I read this blog post at Re-nest. Specifically, this sentence, "Remember that every plastic item ever created still exists."
Finding the fruit sticker was the turning point in the way I look at the environment. I tried to compost that tiny sticker. I cultivate all types of the good guy fungi and bacteria in my compost bin. I gave the sticker the best chance to degrade, and it didn't.
The scenario with the sticker and my compost plays out on a gigantic scale in the landfill, but the conditions there are worse. Trash in a landfill is packed tightly and eventually sealed in a dome. There's not much dirt, little oxygen and little water so trash (even biodegradable trash) doesn't break down easily. Most items, even small ones, will be there long after I'm gone.
|My 2011 Resolution: No more paper towels|
My newest idea, taken from this photo (fourth one down), is to bring my own small sacks (maybe a Tom's shoes bag) to the store for holding fruits and veggies.