sometimes, i open the cupboard door of the storage space under the kitchen sink, and am almost knocked over by the icky smell that greets my nose. phew, what IS that stench??
oh, yea. when was the last time i changed the bag in the organics bin??….[at some point, i even showed you a gross photo of the contents of said organics bin - i won't inflict that on you again, today...mainly because i can't find the blog post with the photo - let's just say it was quite a disgusting sight].
almost exactly one year ago, our condo building signed up to take part in a pilot project for green bins. i talked about the open house session they held for us here!
at that time, we received a slew of liner bags for the green bins:
i’d say that our garbage waste was cut back by at least 50% once we started using the green bin. it’s awesome!
i don’t understand why i’m so lax about letting the green bin contents sit around. i’m generally neat and tidy, and keep an organized household…but this changing-of-the-green-bin bag is my achilles heel.
the problem is that the green bin bags are just too durable! with their heavy paper exterior…
and plastic-like lined interior…
…they never leak, so i just keep dumping in the green refuse ’til the bag is
we received a whole kit of instructions and suggestions with the green bin. one sheet of paper showed that you could make your own bin liners – organics origami!
you can find these very same instructions online here (it’s a video – super ez!).
[tangent: did anyone else fold newpaper hats and boats when they were little? like curious george?!!]
i thought of saving this artsy-craftsy folding project to do as a new experience way back last november…especially after i saw the price of the liner bags at valumart.
so, this new experience is a win-win situation, all around. i get to do a craft project; i get a replenished supply of liner bags out of the deal; the liner bags will be less sturdy and therefore need changing more often; and i save money!
this week, thanks to the plethora of newspapers gracing my abode…
…i decided it was the perfect time for the green bin bag project.
i put on a little
christmas music z103.5 as background entertainment, and got to folding.
[working, working, folding, working...]
i determined that ten bags would be a fair number, both to have on hand (don’t want to have too many in case they suck) and to qualify as justifiable new experience.
that was very fun! after ~three bags, i didn’t even need to reference the directions, and was a wild folding machine.
i’m betting the origami liner bags will need changing every 24 hours. maybe this will teach me new habits, and eventually i’ll be able to use store-bought liner bags in a responsible manner!
so, where do the green bin bags go when we empty them? well, there are humungous green bins into which all of us residents can all dump our smelly paper bags:
haha, check out the note that the supers had to leave on the bins:
how gross, eh? dog poop in the green bin? that would really stink!!
just how artsy-craftsy are YOU?! knitting is my #1 form of creative expression, but i do like to piddle around with making birthday cards, wrapping presents creatively. i’ve used a glue gun once in my life…and mom and i took a bow-making course one evening – one hit wonders, both of those events.
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(for friday november 11): yesterday i was thankful for remembrance day, and that we take the time to acknowledge those who have fought for our country, and also those who are peacekeepers. i am also thankful to have never had to experience war myself, and for the freedom and peace we enjoy in canada.