With limited space on board we are careful to consume and accumulate only what we really need, and it’s always a struggle to reduce the waste we produce in our daily lives. I’ve been slowly noticing what we throw away frequently and looking for alternatives. According to the EPA statistics for the year 2013 in the U.S. “On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.4 pounds per person per day.” Aboard Carodon this year we recycled and composted about 75% of our quarter-pound per person per day of waste. What does this look like? We now walk up the dock with approximately one gallon bucket of compost, a gallon to five gallons of recycling (depending on how many bottled drinks are consumed on charters) and only a half of a gallon bucket of landfill-bound waste every other day- for five people living aboard and a busy charter business that’s pretty good!
If you are looking for some gifts that help reduce our impact on the earth, here are a few of the products I like that help us REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and ROT: