Waste-Less Homesteading.

I've really been considering my consumption habits lately. I generate so much waste, which is somewhat interesting since I'm more eco-conscious than most folks.

Since moving to our homestead just about a year ago, we elected not to get a trash pick up service. All of our trash goes into a 'normal' sized trash can that you'd set on the curb, except I drive it to the local landfill about once every 60 days. That's pretty good waste reduction in comparison to the average American household, but we can do better by our earth.



Making intentional choices while shopping has helped me eliminate trash from even arriving on the homestead. John and I spent last Sunday in town doing a little zero waste grocery shopping, and also picked up supplies from Theisen's Home Farm Auto because it's #SpringatTheisens ! We almost exclusively shop at Theisen's for our homestead items. (They have fresh popcorn to snack on while you shop, so...)


Now, while this post is sponsored by Theisen's, all opinions are my own. In fact, I've been shopping at Theisen's for the better part of 20 years and John's mother was a clerk at Theisen's for probably 15 years. The non-profit where I work full-time is also the recipient of Theisen's generous More For Your Community Grant Program, which allows my team to purchase materials for our environmental education programs. Personally, they simply fit with our zero waste lifestyle, and whether you want to try beekeeping or have operated a full-scale farm for years, Theisen’s has everything for our farming needs. I am so pleased that we can get everything we need for our homestead there, with much of it being zero waste.

For example, we purchase dog treats for the pups, and Theisen's has both pig ears and a wide variety of chewy and crunchy treats in bulk. The same premise for purchasing applies with dog treats as it does with food:


1. Bring your own container (do NOT use the plastic bags provided, which are trash) and have it weighed at the register. The clerk at our Theisen's was a little confused as to why I had several ice cream buckets I wanted weighed, but once I explained what I was doing and why she happily agreed and wrote the tare in permanent marker on the lid. Perfect! 


2. Scoop the items into your container. If possible, write the code or PLU on the container to help your cashier during check out. If your container is transparent, this might not be necessary but is a courtesy.


3. When you're home, you might want to transfer them into a smaller, more presentable portion, like we do here.




While we were at Theisen's I also needed bird seed. Of course, I had my ice cream buckets (which were repurposed from a work project) and simply filled them up with the amount of seed that I wanted. One pound of bird seed in bulk ranged from $.39 per pound to $1.50 per pound. This is significantly cheaper than buying a plastic wrapped bag of bird seed. 


A bird feeder caught my eye, made from recycled plastic. It appeared much more durable than other feeders of similar design, and it was fairly affordable so I grabbed it. I am hoping it will last for many, many years.  



Last on my list for our Theisen's shopping trip was a few supplies for the Hoover's Hatchery chicken eggs that I am incubating on our kitchen counter right now. (Did you know all of the chicks at Theisen's are from Hoover's?!) I needed a feeder and waterer for the chicks when they hatch, so I selected an attachment that can be affixed to mason jars that I already have at home.


If I am more intentional about caring for this equipment than I was previously, these things will last for years.

I also needed chick feed, since chicks cannot eat the same feed that adult hens eat. The bag for chick feed is not recyclable, but it can be repurposed. My friends Ev and Tim showed me a tote bag they made from their feed bags, and I love the idea. This is how I'll repurpose my feed bags.

As we continue to evolve on our homestead, we'll find new ways to live a circular mindset, which is learning to not even generate trash in the first place through conscious lifestyle choices. One of these choices begins with purchasing, and by preventing waste from even entering the stream thanks to intentional shopping at our favorite stores we're living that circular mindset. We can find every farm necessity at Theisen’s, and most are zero waste.

32 comments:

  1. Thanks for this article. It contains the information i was searching for and you have also explained it well. We are also a service provider of Digital Marketing Company, SEO Services Company.
    Digital Marketing Company
    SEO Services Company

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I want to thank Dr Emu a very powerful spell caster who help me to bring my husband back to me, few month ago i have a serious problem with my husband, to the extend that he left the house, and he started dating another woman and he stayed with the woman, i tried all i can to bring him back, but all my effort was useless until the day my friend came to my house and i told her every thing that had happened between me and my husband, then she told me of a powerful spell caster who help her when she was in the same problem I then contact Dr Emu and told him every thing and he told me not to worry my self again that my husband will come back to me after he has cast a spell on him, i thought it was a joke, after he had finish casting the spell, he told me that he had just finish casting the spell, to my greatest surprise within 48 hours, my husband really came back begging me to forgive him, if you need his help you can contact him with via email: Emutemple@gmail.com or add him up on his whatsapp +2347012841542 is willing to help any body that need his help.
      Website: http://emutemple.website2.me/

      Delete
    2. My ex-boyfriend dumped me 8months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me .I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. once again thank you Dr Godday you are truly talented and gifted. Email: Goddayspiritualhome@gmail.com is the only answer. he can be of great help and I will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man contact +19194956404 - WHATSAPP ONLY




      Delete
    3. I was cured of HIV with the used of natural herbs. My name is cellina jolly
      and am from US. I love herbs so much. Most times, injection and drugs are
      just a waste of time. I was cured 8months ago, i suffered from HIV for
      13yrs but with the help of Dr. voodoo herbal medicine, i was cured within
      few weeks of drinking the herbs he sent to me through courier delivery
      service. This same doctor also cured my Aunty from herpes, as soon as i
      heard she had herpes, i quickly refer her to Dr. voodoo and she was cured
      too after drinking his herbs.I have referred more than 15 persons to Dr.
      voodoo and they were all cured from their various illness. Have you taken
      herbs before?. You have spent so much money on drugs,injections,surgeries
      etc and yet you have no good result to show for it. Contact Dr. voodoo now,
      he is a herbalist doctor, i assured you of a cure if you drink his natural
      herbs. Dr. voodoo have herbs that cures HIV, Herpes, diabetics, asthma,
      hepatitis, HBP, STD, cancer, chronic, etc. Contact Dr voodoo through his
      Email address on: voodoospelltemple66@gmail.com or WHATSAP/CALL
      him on +2348140120719 Please share the good news to other people once you are cured

      Delete
  2. hello sir,
    thanks for giving that type of information. Really enjoyed this blog post. Really looking forward to reading more. Much obliged.
    digital marketing company in delhi

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for giving great kind of information. So useful and practical for me. Thanks for your excellent blog, nice work keep it up thanks for sharing the knowledge.
    interior designer company in noida

    ReplyDelete
  4. I feel happy about and learning more about this topic. keep sharing your information regularly for my future reference. This content creates a new hope and inspiration with in me. Thanks for sharing article like this. the information which you have provided is better then other blog.
    Best IELTS Coaching in Dwarka

    ReplyDelete
  5. If you don"t mind proceed with this extraordinary work and I anticipate a greater amount of your magnificent blog entries.  JUNK PICK UP

    ReplyDelete
  6. Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.
    Ireland Overseas Education Consultants in Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  7. http://www.ieltscoachingcenter.co.in/dwarka.php

    ReplyDelete
  8. The first thing I look for is personalization. This is so easy, I really enjoyed this post. Check out this unrelated link. I wrote about the IELTS.
    IELTS Coaching in Dwarka
    IELTS Coaching in Dwarka

    ReplyDelete








  9. i couldn't believe that i would ever be re-unite with my ex-lover, i was so traumatize staying all alone with no body to stay by me and to be with me, but i was so lucky one certain day to meet this powerful spell caster Dr Akhere,after telling him about my situation he did everything humanly possible to see that my lover come back to me,indeed after casting the spell my ex-lover came back to me less than 48 hours,my ex-lover came back begging me that he will never leave me again,3 months later we got engaged and married,if you are having this same situation just contact Dr Akhere on his email: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com thanks very much sir for restoring my ex-lover back to me,his emai: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com or call/whatsapp:+2349057261346










    i couldn't believe that i would ever be re-unite with my ex-lover, i was so traumatize staying all alone with no body to stay by me and to be with me, but i was so lucky one certain day to meet this powerful spell caster Dr Akhere,after telling him about my situation he did everything humanly possible to see that my lover come back to me,indeed after casting the spell my ex-lover came back to me less than 48 hours,my ex-lover came back begging me that he will never leave me again,3 months later we got engaged and married,if you are having this same situation just contact Dr Akhere on his email: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com thanks very much sir for restoring my ex-lover back to me,his emai: AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com or call/whatsapp:+2349057261346

    ReplyDelete



  10. Some people ask us for Call Girl in Manali Every time we are in touch with dozens of these girls and just you have to call us for more details of these immense service. Check our other Services...
    Call Girl in Manali
    Call Girl in Manali
    Call Girl in Pune
    Call Girl in Pune
    Call Girl in Pune

    ReplyDelete
  11. I want to use this medium to testify of how i got back my ex husband after divorce, i and my husband have been married for 8 years with 2 kids, we have been a happy family. Last year his behavior towards me and the kids changed, i suspected he was meeting another woman outside out marriage, any time i confronted him, he threatened to divorce me, i did all i could to make hings right but all to no avail until i saw a post on a "love and relationship forum" about a spell caster who helps people to cast spell on marriage and relationship issues, when i contacted this spell caster via email, he helped me cast a re-union spell and my husband changed and came apologizing to me and the kids. Contact this great spell caster for your relationship or marriage issues via this email: chiefdrlucky@gmail.com or Whats App him on +2348132777335 Website : http://chiefdrluckysolutionhome.website2.me/ Good luck  

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks for sharing article like this. the information which you have provided is better then other blog.
    Bath bomb boxes specially designed for your product as per your requirements

    ReplyDelete
  13. Save Your Relationship and Get Your ex lover back to you. this is a real testimony of a spell doctor who helped me bring back my husband who left I and the kids alone for so many months, I had lost all hope for my husband coming back home again, if you are going through a tough time in your marriage or relationship, or want your ex back, You can contact him on his Email: Ralphspellsolution@gmail.com or whatsApp on: +2347037816417.

    ReplyDelete

  14. If you would like to book an escort likeEscorts Service in Vasant Viharfor an upcoming time, you can use our mail reservation type where you can specify a substitute woman should your perfect option not be available. You will need to provide us with your real name on the reservation type, but be confident we are very distinct and will keep your private information private and protected. Check our other Services...
    Escorts Service in Vasant Vihar
    Escorts Service in Vasant Vihar
    Escorts Service in Vasant Vihar
    Escorts Service in Vasant Vihar
    Escorts Service in Vasant Vihar

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is just the information I am finding everywhere. Thanks for your blog, I just subscribe your blog. This is a nice blog..

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great to read article about berry update which i like reading about it.You have made an excellent effort in making this website which is appreciable. appvalley vip Sydney Brooke Simpson cotomovies streaming app

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great Article Cloud Computing Projects

    Networking Projects

    Final Year Projects for CSE

    JavaScript Training in Chennai

    JavaScript Training in Chennai

    The Angular Training covers a wide range of topics including Components, Angular Directives, Angular Services, Pipes, security fundamentals, Routing, and Angular programmability. The new Angular TRaining will lay the foundation you need to specialise in Single Page Application developer. Angular Training

    ReplyDelete
  18. My ex-boyfriend dumped me 8months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me .I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. once again thank you Dr Godday you are truly talented and gifted. Email: Goddayspiritualhome@gmail.com is the only answer. he can be of great help and I will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man contact +19194956404 - WHATSAPP ONLY


    ReplyDelete
  19. My ex-boyfriend dumped me 8months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me .I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. once again thank you Dr Godday you are truly talented and gifted. Email: Goddayspiritualhome@gmail.com is the only answer. he can be of great help and I will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man contact +19194956404 - WHATSAPP ONLY

    ReplyDelete
  20. My ex-boyfriend dumped me 8months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me .I was so confuse and don’t know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. once again thank you Dr Godday you are truly talented and gifted. Email: Goddayspiritualhome@gmail.com is the only answer. he can be of great help and I will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man contact +19194956404 - WHATSAPP ONLY

    ReplyDelete
  21. Generous leads are cardinal for any business, this incorporates little Digital Marketing Company medium and enormous undertakings. The ordinarily realized Digital Marketing Services web-based promoting program that common computerized digital marketing solutions can offer to its clients are Search Engine Optimization, Paid Marketing, online marketing services

    ReplyDelete
  22. So I’m someone’s mom!” Welcoming our first child, Cecily , at 12:24 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. We are absolutely head over heels in love with Cecily, and parenthood is already the most insane and beautiful thing in existence, It's made me excited to have a little spitfire of a daughter of my own. I remembered when i found out i was pregnant 3years ago and was about to walk away from the musical. But at eight weeks, i had a miscarriage. i was so unhappy, until i seek help spiritually from Priest Babaka the herbal practitioner, who helps and guide me to get pregnant again, even at the trying times few weeks in April when i battled symptoms of the coronavirus including "a cough that makes it feel like my head is splitting open from the inside out, but luckily, the baby was okay with the Priest help. i am happy to finally be a mother, couples out there that needs help, trying to conceive a baby, contact Priest Babaka on babaka.wolf@gmail.com or Facebook at priest.babaka , you will definitely have a baby to make you a parent. He handle Pregnancy related cases.








    So I’m someone’s mom!” Welcoming our first child, Cecily , at 12:24 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. We are absolutely head over heels in love with Cecily, and parenthood is already the most insane and beautiful thing in existence, It's made me excited to have a little spitfire of a daughter of my own. I remembered when i found out i was pregnant 3years ago and was about to walk away from the musical. But at eight weeks, i had a miscarriage. i was so unhappy, until i seek help spiritually from Priest Babaka the herbal practitioner, who helps and guide me to get pregnant again, even at the trying times few weeks in April when i battled symptoms of the coronavirus including "a cough that makes it feel like my head is splitting open from the inside out, but luckily, the baby was okay with the Priest help. i am happy to finally be a mother, couples out there that needs help, trying to conceive a baby, contact Priest Babaka on babaka.wolf@gmail.com or Facebook at priest.babaka , you will definitely have a baby to make you a parent. He handle Pregnancy related cases.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Massage with hot oils and creating a pleasant atmosphere will benefit you in all aspects of your personality, so you will not miss the next opportunity to visit our massage parlor Coccinelle again.

    ReplyDelete

Got some thoughts? Don't be shy. Leave 'em here!

You might like:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...