10 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home This Week

My journey towards a zero-waste home wasn’t triggered by thinking about it myself. Nope, the idea came to me after reading an article someone posted on Facebook. It hadn’t occurred to me that there are so many little things I do and use each day that can be done a little differently to reduce or eliminate my waste. It was really just a matter of re-framing the way I view consumption.

If you’re just beginning to think about waste reduction, you might feel like the extra steps are burdensome or more trouble than they’re worth. But seriously, trust me: it gets easier and becomes second nature once you have a handle on what to do. Just do your best and don’t worry if it doesn’t come together all at once.

Here are a few things to get you started:

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Ornithology Collection at the Burke Museum

In the heart of Seattle’s U-District lives the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, which celebrated its 125th anniversary this year. It began as a club of young naturalists with a passion for collecting all types of specimens; over time it became a tangible catalog of natural history, a conglomerate of objects that help us see Earth and its creatures over a timeline much longer than our own.  Today the Burke is a hub of research and public education.

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Before my visit I didn’t realize just how important museums are for preserving natural history and contributing to scientific discovery. What we see in the displays as we browse the aisles is only a tiny percentage of what the museum actually holds. The Burke has one of the largest tissue sample collections in the world, specifically avian tissue samples. With so many specimens at hand, scientists are able to understand how the tissue of, say,  a  modern Pileated Woodpecker differs from that of a 100 year old woodpecker, and so on. Beyond public education, museums are vital in preserving history so that we might study it and understand how our world and the creatures on it change over time.

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