Sustainability Project Week 4

Recap! Week 1 was single-use plastic water bottles. A person I was with bought one at some point, and I did have a few drinks from it, but then I made sure it was recycled. Week 2 was plastic utensils. I have used my bamboo set at work every day, and only once forgot to tell them not to include them when ordering take-out at home. Week 3 was toilet paper and paper towels. All good there!

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I found this for only $6 at a local farm!

For week 4, I am really happy to be writing about this bee’s wax coated reusable food paper. Just about every day for lunch, I bring to work a kale salad and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Since I don’t use plastic bags, I had been wrapping the sandwiches in aluminum foil, and then trying to reuse it for as many days as possible. But it was kind of gross after two days. I tried wax paper, but it was only marginally better.

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My naked PB&J!

Because it takes me a month to decide on even the most minute purchase, I looked at this and similar products online for a ridiculous amount of time. I was unable to decide if I should just get one or a multipack, what sizes, what pattern, etc. But I was visiting my local farm (yes, there is a farm in NYC, more than one, in fact) and I found a single pack of the large size on sale for $6. I couldn’t argue with the price or the fact that I wouldn’t have to have it shipped to me.

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A perfect wrap!

So, how does it work? It just sort of folds down with the heat of your hands, and when you’re done, rinse it in cold water and hand somewhere to dry. Since one is supposed to last about a year, I’m saving a lot of aluminum foil!

 

Sustainability Project Week 3

It’s the third week of April, and that means I’m going to be writing about my third environmentally friendly swap. For a quick recap, I stopped buying single-use plastic water bottles in week one, and stopped accepting single-use plastic utensils in week two. I am switching it up in week three by focusing on single-use paper products, namely toilet paper and paper towels.

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Kids were excited when I told them to yell the word “Crap!”

No, we are not doing away with these products altogether, although we applaud those that do. We are currently using the brand “Who gives a crap,” which is made from sustainably sourced bamboo and recycled post-consumer waste paper. It costs about as much as regular paper, and I think the quality is the same. If you are interested, find them here.

 

Sustainability Project Week 2

Last week I made a promise to myself to never again buy a plastic water bottle. So far, so good! This week, continuing the theme of eliminating single-use plastics, I made the switch to bamboo utensils!

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This set came with a nifty cloth bag!

Since I work full-time in an office, I usually eat one or two meals out almost every weekday. Whether I bring my lunch, eat at the office cafeteria, or buy something from the larger world outside, I usually need utensils. Carrying these around saves, on average, two plastic ones from going into the trash every day! I also carry them in my bag on the weekends, but usually if I’m out on the weekend I will go to a restaurant that has real utensils. But still, if I ever need them, they are in my bag!

Another Month-Long Project

Last month, I played the Minimalism Game, which was fun and also a relief when it’s over. I will definitely do it again in the future, maybe next March, maybe this September. But I’m taking at least a month or two break from decluttering. However, I do have an idea for another month-long project, and it’s appropriate to do in April, the month of Earth Day.

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These two are part of the reason I want to adopt more sustainable habits.

For this month, I intend to start being more ecological in my choices. In order to make sure these are changes that last, I am going to concentrate on changing one habit a week. For this first week of April, I will focus on beverages. In the past, I have attempted to bring a water bottle with me/never buy plastic water bottles, but for this month I’m promising myself I will not buy a single plastic bottle. That means if I am out somewhere and forget my bottle, I have to drink from a fountain or find some other solution.

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My reusable water bottle (with Buffy the Vampire Slayer decal) at work, enjoying the view of NYC.

And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about straws! I thought about buying a metal or bamboo re-usable straw, but I don’t really like drinking from straws anyway, so I will just forgo all straws!