Grrrr. I hate Styrofoam. It’s so hard to recycle, and people throw it away all the time without a second thought. It’s best to avoid these entirely.
When you’re at a restaurant and you ask for something to carry your leftovers in, try asking for foil instead, or some other container. You’ll get a lot of weird looks and responses, but eventually people will get used to it. Bringing your own container is a viable option if you know ahead of time that you are going out to eat, but don’t feel too stressed to always carry a container with you. Perhaps you can carry a manageably-sized jar with you or keep one in your car, maybe one left over from lunch (it makes a really good weapon, too, if anyone tries to attack you). You can also try to avoid having left overs entirely, but I’m not going to tell you to stuff your face with food even though you aren’t hungry.
When you are at the supermarket, a lot of products come on Styrofoam trays wrapped in plastic. Try getting all your products from the deli instead, and bring some jars to hold it all. Bea Johnson, creator of the Zero Waste Home blog,says that whenever anybody asks her about the jars she brings to the supermarket, she always just says she doesn’t have a trashcan at home. Totally check out her blog, by the way. She has tips to save on waste in every area of the home, along with lots of other delightful things. She also has a crazy awesome accent (she also has a book).
Being vegan means that you have to alter some of your favorite American dishes, and that’s sad, but think about all of the new possibilities! You can try all new cuisines and take out, like Thai and Asian food, that have a lot of plant-centered dishes. Veggie stir fry, anyone?
Do you remember my New Scary List ? Macaroons Beef bourguignon Lamb Coq au vin (Chicken in wine sauce ) Sushi Croquembouche (Caramel-glazed cream puffs) Tacos Enchiladas Escargots a la Bourguignonn…
Sometimes, the best way to cut down on plastic is to just say no.
It really sucks hearing that, I know, but the DIY way can be thorny and disheartening. Check plastic bags to make sure they are at least recyclable, and if they aren’t (Bear Naked is a strong offender) or recycling them seems really difficult, the best move may have to be to put it down and walk away. On the brighter side, there are ways to work around this! You can make your own chocolatey trail mix without the use of an unrecyclable bag, and you can bring your own reusable produce bags to purchase things like rice and loose tea.
If you do really want something that is packaged in a plastic material that isn’t easily recyclable, try reusing it. Maybe you can store your trail mix in this bag instead of tossing it out, or maybe you can clean it out and keep your electronics in the bag when you go to the beach to keep them dry and sand-free.
If there are any constant things in life, it’s that the internet never works when you need it to, and that I’ll eat everything in a ten mile radius after a workout.
Not everything, but it’s more of a mindlessly-consume-nutrients-kinda-thing.
I’m chronically late for everything, so a lunch sandwich became breakfast.
Vegan wrap (hummus, cous cous, avocado, zuchinni, cucumbers, etc?)
Over-priced hipster cafes are your ambigiously wealthy friend. They almost always have either vegan food, gluten-free food, or a combination of both. It’s a little expensive, but they always have a nice atmosphere. The wrap I got was super yummy, and only has a question mark in the list of ingredients because I didn’t bother to remember all of it’s contents.
Bean salad (navy beans, black-eyed peas, tomato, green pepper, lime juice, olive oil)
It’s attack of the leftovers.
It was spinach! Hooray!
Sunrype fruit strip
I’m only putting this on here because it was vegan and had some fruit on the wrapper. And it has 11 grams of sugar. It was free, so meh.