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GLAD One Bag Event

This post is part of a series of posts that I am doing to bring awareness to reducing waste and sending less to the landfill. Although I am being compensated for this project, it in no way effects my thoughts or opinions.

Last weekend I hosted a get together for my Mom’s birthday.  This party also doubled as my GLAD One Bag event in my challenge to reduce waste.  I was challenged to host an event and only send one bag (or less) of trash to the landfill.  I was kind of concerned that this was going to be difficuly, although over the past few weeks when I’ve really started to concentrate more on what I put where, it seemed more reasonable to do.

I was also lucky in that I only had 8 people coming to the event.

I planned a dinner for this event, and the theme seemed to be comfort foods as we had chicken pot pie and macaroni and cheese.  We also had salad, corn, fruit, and of course dessert.

After lots of preparation….


Veggie Prep

it was time for dinner!

I made the same Chobani Mac and Cheese recipe that I’ve made a few times in the past.  I loved it as usual, and it was a big hit with the rest of the crowd as well.

Chobani Mac

The chicken pot pie recipe that I used was a new one for me.  I thought it was pretty good, other people seemed to like it even more.  I’m just not a huge pot pie fan….but a puff pastry crust is most definitely not a bad thing. 🙂  I’ll definitely fully review the recipe in the near future as well.

Pot Pie

There was also salad.


Oh, and there of course was dessert.

I made some double chocolate quick bread

Double Chocolate Quick Bread

I also made a new-to-me dessert called Rocky Road Brownies.  They turned out pretty well.  They were not as brownie-like as I was expecting, but served warm they were very yummy.  I’ll review this recipe soon also.

Rocky Road

But it wasn’t all about the food.   We really did pay a good attention to what we were putting where.  What could be recycled or composted and what had to be put in that precious one trash bag. I don’t want to say that it was easy, because I everyone really did put a lot of energy into remembering to put things in the correct bins, but it was easier than I thought it would be.

It turns out, people have the information, they just have to ACT on this information and make good decisions for this change to happen.  People know that recycling is good, but not everyone does it because we are all so rushed and well, lazy, and the information gets lots in between all of the other bits political information or pop culture trivia that takes space in our brain.

As with everything else that we do in our day-to-day lives, we need to get into a habit of doing things and they will eventually become second nature.  Taking small steps and making small changes is the only way to get started and eventually make a bigger impact.  No one just jumps in and decides to run a marathon one morning, or decides that they are going to go on an extreme diet without doing research and preparations first.  Do your homework, see what YOU can change, and do it.

So, the question is, did we succeed with only sending one bag to the landfill?

Trash Bag

We did!

We ended up with a little over half of a garbage bag full of trash.  There were other things that contributed to this besides everyone remembering where to put our trash.  There were only 8 people there, so that cut down small things that would have been thrown away quite a bit.  Somehow, I made pretty much the perfect amount of food.  There macaroni and cheese was completely gone by the end of the night and the pot pie only had a scoop or two left over – and that was put into a container to keep for later.  All of the dishes that we used were washable, and most of the fruit and veggies that we used came from local farmers markets – so there was minimal or no packaging.

This was a fun challenge, and I actually have learned a lot in the past few weeks.  I will have one more landfill reduction related post coming up, so be sure to check it out because there will be a video!


I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  I have a busy week ahead – I can’t believe September is almost over!!  Have a happy Monday! 🙂

5 Responses

  1. nice! that garbage can is awesome. i need one of those since my recycling bag is usually way bigger than my garbage bag anyway

  2. Very nice! I had to laugh @ few spots in your post because you are so speaking the truth. We are lazy… 😀 Down here in TN we do not recycle hardly at all. (I could just be speaking for myself but I have never met anyone who recycles.) I need to start being more proactive in this area. I know my household leaves a pretty heafty carbon footprint so I need to focus more. Sounds like you all had a great time!
    Memphis, TN
    Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

    • Yeah, I’m really lucky to live in a city that is super Eco-friendly conscious. I pretty much grew up recycling, so it is weird for me to hear of places that don’t recycle! There are other little things you can do yourself though, even if you can’t recycle! Just start small and I’m sure you’re impact will become less and less!

  3. this is a great idea! i love these posts, kelly. i try to be conscious of the environment and how my little every day actions can add up. sometimes we need just this kind of reminder to kick us back into really being aware!

    • I agree! Kinda like how all of your posts about the garden this summer kept reminding me to take advantage of all of the delicious veggies that I could get locally! ….or even just to EAT more veggies 🙂

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