Why am I posting a picture of string cheese? Because, ladies and gentlemen, a dream of mine came true recently. I was able to find a bag of string cheese that does not involve individually wrapping each piece! I know this doesn't sound like much, but I had always questioned why it couldn't be done. So, when I discovered this, it made my day. You can find this at Natural Grocers. I like string cheese, and (confession) I had some during pregnancy despite the waste because I needed healthy protein snacks and string cheese called to me. But, now that I'm no longer pregnant, I just couldn't justify the waste that is involved with string cheese. So I went back to not eating it again. Until I found this beauty. Now I can occasionally indulge without having an excessive amount of plastic waste. Yes, there is some plastic here, but I think it's so cool I could find someone who doesn't individually wrap them at least. It's the small victories.
My sister Lacey hosts our family's Thanksgiving, and she always goes the extra mile with homemade everything. This year, she went above and beyond with a zero waste, non-GMO, all organic, homemade feast. The pumpkin pie was made from an actual pumpkin, not canned pumpkin, and she makes her own stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cream corn, etc. So, like I said, all homemade. I'm surprised she didn't raise the turkey herself! Needless to say, she generally gets more done before breakfast than I get done in a whole day and I'll admit that I often envy her productivity level. Did I mention she's pregnant, and has a 3 year old?
|This picture shows the butter wrappers and tiny paper envelopes for compost, some plastic and a bit of cardboard for recycling, and that little bitty pile in the upper right is the only trash (minus the bird plastic). Amazing.|
The following is in Lacey's own writing (with very minor editing). She will be our guest blogger today: