In the busy modern world of today, when we are all rushing to work and social obligations while trying to fit some kind of exercise in, sometimes cooking from scratch and bringing leftovers to work for lunch can seem like a luxury. Or a huge pain in the ass. But over the past few weeks it's become increasingly clear that it's the lunch option that's most in line with what I'm trying to do here, for a few reasons:
1. It ensures that I don't waste the food I have in my fridge.
2. It enables me to know exactly how much I've used in the process - how much plastic packaging has been thrown away, how many onions were used in the dish, and what happened to their skins afterwards (mine henceforward will be composted or added to veggie broth).
3. It gives me the ability to say no to plastic utensils, paper napkins, condiment packets and the like.
4. It's probably my healthiest option, and anyway I'll know exactly what went in to the food I cook, and it's all natural and fresh.
It can take some planning, but this week I'm making it my priority to bring my lunch to work every day. I'm making simple dishes in large quantities that I can parse out over the week. That is, until Friday when I'm off to Paris with my hubby (don't worry my 3 little readers, I'll still be posting content here).
Do you bring your lunch to work? What are your secrets of success?
While it’s impossible for individuals to save all wildlife from the perils of plastic entanglement, there are little things we can do collectively to help.
Let me blow your mind real quick. Did you know that every toothbrush you’ve ever owned still exists somewhere? Yep. The bathroom may not seem like a tremendous source of plastic in our lives, but when we think about how long it takes plastic to break down, it’s worth it to consider all the bits of plastic that we use every day. Here are four ways to cut down on plastic in the bathroom and make it a waste-free zone.
It’s that time of the year again - Plastic Free July is nearly upon us! Although I try to avoid plastic all the time, I'm far from perfect, and this month is a welcome challenge to step up my game. If you’re just starting to ease into a life without plastic, this can be a great opportunity to see what you’re capable of! The best way to start, in my opinion, is to tackle the “big 4”:
The Norse razor is sleek, lightweight, easy to hold and maneuver, and its shape virtually eliminates the risk of nicks, even in the trickiest places. I don’t even feel the blade when I use it, and don’t have to worry about using too much pressure, as the design naturally protects my skin from heavy-handed strokes.
I'm ashamed to admit to admit, there was a time in my life when I didn't recycle, because I was so confused about which items my curbside recycling service would accept. Afraid of doing the wrong thing, I did nothing. So what can you actually recycle? The short answer: more than you think.
The best way to start reducing the amount of waste you produce is by assessing how much you're actually producing.
The best way to do that? Dig through your trash.
So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle. You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day. You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin. But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it. Where do you even start?