Some days I feel well on my way to living practically waste free and others, like today, I do not.
All day I had been looking forward to making the Chickpea and Broccoli Casserole from Vegan With a Vengeance.
This afternoon I cut up the vegetables and cooked the chickpeas so that assembly would be a quick running of ingredients through a food processor before mixing and baking in the oven. I was feeling prepared and looking forward to dinner.
Sadly, a piece of my food processor bowl broke off while I was processing and I didn’t realize until I had mixed all of the ingredients. Instead of risking eating bits of ground plastic I had to bin the whole lot and we had baked beans and rice for dinner.
The motor is still good so I think I will probably buy a new work bowl for the processor. I use it on a regular basis and am not sure what plastic-free alternative there is out there.
It’s all about baby steps. Some days you are moving in the right direction and some days you are just hoping your feet are still pointed in the right direction.
- We ran errands in the car yesterday and left it parked today.
- We walked through a park today to go to the market where we bought vegetables.
- The cloth bag we brought to the market is probably 15 years old and still going strong.
- I’ve been eating fruit for breakfast.
- I put some dinner leftovers on top of a salad for lunch.
Waste free grumble: Have you ever noticed how much plastic packaging comes with new windshield wipers? Windshield wipers are not at all optional so am not sure what others do about this (other than not own a car).
I would love to be inspired by some of your waste free actions.
We were recently on the road for about 5 days and I was striving for some waste free successes. Two nights were in hotels and 3 were in a kitchen-less cabin. A few ways we worked to reduce our waste:
- When we ate out we ordered dishes to share and left very little behind.
- We brought our camp stove and cooked out all but two dinners. We also used it to heat water to make coffee in our French press. The coffee was transferred to travel mugs for consumption. There is really nothing better than making coffee outside in the morning.
- We brought reusable plates, bowls, and silverware (the plates are actually stainless steel pie plates). We drank water out of stainless steel water bottles.
- Each day I brought a bag with lunch food and assembled lunch at our destination. Kids used reusable containers to eat out of and I just ate my sandwich out of hand (we are super fancy in case you couldn’t tell).
- We washed up dishes in our room/cabin and dried them using the cloth dish towels I brought with us.
There are certainly things we can work on to reduce waste when traveling (and yes, traveling itself is not waste free) but that is a post for another time.