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Last week we attacked single-serving foods. As I went through the week, and paid attention to what is offered on grocery store shelves, I was really surprised at the volume of single-serve items available. There are individually wrapped packages of almost everything ... coffee, sugar, cereal, desert, candy, snacks ... even little packages of pre-washed, pre-sliced fruit. Whoa! As you've probably heard me say before (countless times), if a product is considered convenient and a "time saver" ... it's probably not Eco-friendly. Let's see how our Honor Society did:
Squirrel Queen joined in this week (always so nice to see you SQ). She brought up an excellent point ... single-serve foods usually cost more per unit of weight than a larger container/package so, not buying them will actually save us money. Great tip, SQ!
EcoGrrl took the challenge. Her "biggie" this year was buying yogurt in the large containers rather than the single-serve ones. Doing so has gotten her back to basics where she adds her own fruit, granola, etc. And, as she also points out, it's a lot cheaper (hm ... I'm starting to see a theme here). By the way, EcoGrrl played our Truth vs. Lie game (you can read it HERE ... and then for her reveal, read THIS).
Argentum Vulgaris stopped by. In this POST, he talks about a law in Rio de Janeiro which bans bulk food items (salt, sugar, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise ... even toothpicks) from restaurants. Consequently, all restaurants, even the 5 Star variety, serve these items in small packets on the table. Scandalous! AV also played our Truth vs. Lie game. Read his list HERE and the reveal HERE.
Our friend, Ann, buys in bulk and she makes her own yogurt reusing the same container each week. Brilliant, Ann! In this POST she offers us another way to save the world ... it's an important article and touches on a subject which is often overlooked.
Two Vegan Boys joined the challenge. They never buy single-serving anything. In addition, they make their own applesauce, buy mostly in bulk, and always bring their own containers and bags to the grocery store. Krys and the guys have started a new feature on their blog ... Frugal Friday. Click HERE for her first, wonderful tip.
On our challenge about disposable wipes and cloths, I totally missed Heather's post. It's a wonderful article so ... please help me make it up to Heather by rushing over to her site (by clicking HERE), reading her post and leaving a comment. Come on, everyone ... let's show her a little bloggy love. :) My apologies, Heather!
Our friend, Ange, stopped by. She buys everything in bulk but says that, in France, it's hard to get yogurt in large containers. About the only way she can find it is in a bulk pack of 16 single servings. Ugh! Ange is going to try to change that, though! Good luck, Ange ... can't wait to hear how it goes.
My Inspiration Avenue friend, Robin, joined our challenge. She's going to be more mindful when shopping. She says, however, that her little one seems to enjoy eating while they are out instead of when a meal is cooked so ... a few single servings creep into their routine.
Great job, everyone! I have Stumbled and Tweeted your articles.
If you are a member of Twitter, check out these great folks who spread the word about our challenge this week using the hashtag #ctww:
Wow ... thanks, so much, Tweets for passing the word!
Okay ... ready for more?
Our challenge, today, comes from my friend, Connie Mishali, who has taken a break from blogging but still drops in, occasionally, to check things out. This week we're going back to plastic bags ... specifically plastic produce bags. We've learned to say "no" at the checkout stand ... now we're going to say "no" in the produce department. Here it is:
This week refuse to use plastic produce bags. Instead, opt for reusable bags such as cotton mesh bags available at many stores, small canvas totes which you may have around ... or no bag at all (not all produce needs to be bagged).
If you never use plastic produce bags, please tell us what you use instead.
What do you think? Can you do it?
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!