Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Boy. We are trying to be green but the garbage bags keep piling up. It's the baby. We are trying to use reusable cloth diapers, but let's face it. They don't work all that well. Half the time they leak, and when you are already working on less than 2 hours of sleep at a time for 7 weeks, the last thing you want is to wake up a couple more times because the baby soaked through his diaper and is screaming. So, that means we are only using the cloth diapers about 30 percent of the time, or about 4 a day, on average. That means we're generating a lot of garbage thanks to disposable diapers.
I'd estimate that our total garbage production has doubled since we came home from the hospital. Who would guess something so small could pee and poop so much!

On a more positive note, we love the composter. It's been a seamless transition. We leave a large bowl on the counter and throw our greens, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc. into the bowl. at the end of the day we put it in the composter. It's been about 2 weeks. Still no compost yet, but it does take time. I did add a compost starter to the mix. I know something is working, because the volume of materials I added to the container has already gone down, a sign that the compost cycle is working.