With about 60 square feet aboard our Gem&I, space is definitely something we think about on a regular basis.  When we are anchored out or underway for several days, the trash accumulates, and there is simply no place to put it.  This blog post is to generate a discussion about waste consolidation ideas and how to practically live a zero-waste life.  Please feel free to leave comments below!

 During the school year, I ran across an inspiring TED Talk video on YouTube that got me thinking about trash and how much we as American consumers make on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

Here’s the link for you to be inspired too:  But after viewing it, the biggest question in my mind was:  How doe she do it?  How does a Mason jar hold all of the trash she has made in the past three years?  Even though she answered the question WHY emphatically, the HOW was much more ambiguous.

So, I’ve been taking a “trash inventory” over the past few days to discover what is making OUR trash.  Here’s what I have unearthed:

  1.  empty plastic water bottles
  2. empty gallon water jugs
  3. empty bottles of any kind (shampoo, dish soap, boat soap, oil, etc.)
  4. plastic cat food packets
  5. empty cans from canned foods
  6. used paper plates
  7. used paper towels
  8. used tissues
  9. uneaten or spoiled food
  10. plastic packaging for newly bought items

Water bottles and water jugs were our top two offenders filling up our garbage bags on board.  We are convinced that eliminating them and/or re-filling them with water from our dock hose may be the solution to cutting down here.

What are other ways that we can eliminate the trash we are producing?  Share your ideas below!