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Old 08-22-2008, 01:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone watch G word? It's my new favorite show.

They had a segment about a guy that kept all of his trash for a year. They also show him going into a restaurant with his own containers to get takeout. It's really made me think about my trash. I'm not actually going to keep all of my trash, but I'm making more of an effort to not have trash.

I think we do a lot better than people on my block. We have less trash bags than the people across the street do and we have 5 people compared to their 2. We usually have more recycling than anyone else.

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ALL his trash? That sounds stinky. Just the used TP alone would make me vomit.
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Wow! What did he do with it then?

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Wow! What did he do with it then?
So, I assume that he greatly reduced the amount of "disposable" things (such as take out containers), but I'm really curious, too. I found the show's website, but I can't find that episode.....
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ALL his trash? That sounds stinky. Just the used TP alone would make me vomit.
People put used TP in the trash?! We flush it...

If he was composting his food waste it probably wouldn't be that stinky.
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They didn't go to all the details of how he did it and didn't mention TP. But, the regular trash (chip bags, etc) , he would wash in his sink. I don't think he kept stuff that rotted, either. He probably composted it.

It showed him doing yoga surrounded by boxes of trash (looked like food boxes, papers, etc...)

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People put used TP in the trash?! We flush it...

If he was composting his food waste it probably wouldn't be that stinky.
My ex ILs put their TP in the trash because their septic system isn't so great and TP makes it get clogged up.

Incidentally my current ILs put their used TP in the trash too, but that's because they live in Greece and that's just what people do with their TP there (due to really old pipes and such). Every bathroom has a little trash receptacle just for this purpose.

I couldn't find that episode either, but that sounds pretty interesting. We don't produce much trash compared to other families around the neighborhood (for how many people we are) but I think we could still do a lot better.
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I remember this from a while back and I'm pretty sure he washed everything (wrappers, etc.) and kept everything in sealed bins.

It didn't mention toilet paper but I'm guessing he flushed it.

He was a chef I believe and they showed his apartment on TV; it looked very clean and orderly. He would even have waiters take his order by memory so he wouldn't have to take home a receipt.

I believe he has a blog.
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People put used TP in the trash?! We flush it...

If he was composting his food waste it probably wouldn't be that stinky.
Used TP IS trash, regardless of where you dispose of it.

However, yes, some people do not flush their used TP, due to plumbing issues.
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so....now I'm DYING to know....did this guy maybe use family cloth to reduce his garbage output? (Or would it be "bachelor cloth"? )
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(Or would it be "bachelor cloth"? )
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When I was in college almost 20 years ago, there was a guy who took around all of his trash for a week to promote awareness of the waste we create.
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