Posts Tagged ‘green tips’

Reusable Lunch Containers

School is still a couple of months away but I’ve already begun doing some research in reusable lunch options. I want to say no to disposable plastic. I’m thinking it’s a good idea to start the search early, I can peruse the variety of products that are out there and begin collecting some recipes/ideas as to just what I’ll be packing.

There are many choices available so I’ve been compiling a list which I’m happy to share. I’ll most likely be mixing and matching with a variety of reusable sandwich/snack bags as well as a few containers for more messy foods like yogurt and dips. My main concern is durability — I’m hoping to not replace things year after year, but price is also a concern. And I’ll also be using these for my lunches as well! Some of these are on-line shops but I’ve included places where you can look online but hopefully there’s a store near you that you can walk or bike to.

KidsKonserve.com
Target has a nice selection
Easylunchboxes
containerstore.com
Oompa: (Many of these I’ve seen at Whole Foods)
Ecolunchboxes
Laptoplunches
Lands’ End: I see that Lands End has a nice selection of matching eco-friendly options (though it’s not organized very well) and you can get them personalized.

Here’s a zero waste lunch idea from zerowastehome.com

Ideas for lunches:
Lunchtaker
100daysofrealfood



Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Gette

Buy Bulk


Buying from bulk bins is one of the best ways to manage a sustainable lifestyle. Try to bypass the plastic bags and containers that stores offer when buying in bulk and bring your own reusable containers or bags. You may need to stop at customer service first but BYO (bringing your own) shouldn’t be an issue. Check out the GreenSourceChicago map for places near you that offer bulk bins.
Bulk Bin Map



Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by Gette

Make Your Own Yogurt


Do you love yogurt but hate plastic? I know I do! My new years resolution was to stop bringing plastic into the house…it seems impossible since it’s used to package everything and it’s a shame that yogurt is practically a packaging monster.

I decided to try making my own not so much to save money, but because I just didn’t want my yogurt packaged in plastic and also because I like knowing what’s in my food.

After doing some reseach I decided to use the thermos method. So, instead of needing any fancy equipment or even an oven, once your mixture has cooled to the correct temp (about 80-90 degrees) you put it in the thermos to incubate for about 7 hours.

Get the recipe from Babble



Posted on: March 5th, 2012 by Gette

How to Make Laundry Soap

Laundry Soap Ingredients


Making your own laundry soap is so cheap and easy you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to get around to it. All you need are 3 simple ingredients which you can buy at the grocery store. Borax, Washing Soap and a bar of soap to grate–that’s the hardest part! Once it’s all mixed together all you need to do is add 1 tablespoon into the washer. Yes, 1 tablespoon!



Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Gette

Have You Been to the Cobbler lately?


It seems like you just don’t hear enough about cobblers. Maybe it has something to do with our disposable society mentality and probably a lot to do with trends. For me, when I find the perfect anything I like to keep it around as long as possible. A few years ago I bought a pair of handmade sandals that I loved when the sole started coming apart I knew they still had more wear left so I took them to the shoe repair place and it cost me 5 bucks to keep them going at least for another season. SO much better than trying to find a new pair!



Posted on: September 5th, 2011 by Gette