Posts Tagged ‘sustainable parenting’

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.
Target has a nice selection
Oompa: (Many of these I’ve seen at Whole Foods)
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

Ideas for lunches:

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

NewLeaf Grocery

Tucked away behind the Loyola stop on the red line New Leaf Natural Grocery is a gem of a corner store. It’s a tiny space that’s packed with organic goodness. They carry many brands that you would find in bigger grocers (Annies for example), grass-fed, antibiotic free, free range meats and dairy and they also have a small selection of bulk items for things like rice, flour, nuts and coffee. You can get local fresh veggies from their produce section or sign up for a very affordable local veggie box for home delivery. They also offer 10% case discounts on grocery and produce items.

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by Gette