Now that we’re done decluttering, and that I’m getting settled into my work routine, it’s time to start reducing our waste. Most of our garbage is food-related (especially food packaging!), so that’s a good place to start. I’ve got my zero-waste menu plan ready, and here are some of its most important features:
1. Get eggs from the Amish store. They accept used egg cartons and reuse them.
2. Buy flour, cocunut, dried fruit, vegetables, oils, spices, beans, and rice in bulk at the food co-op. Bring containers.
3. Buy butter in a roll and burn/recycle the wrapper.
4. Buy milk in glass bottles, which can be returned and reused.
5. Cook meat and slice it for lunch meat.
6. Buy meat at a counter. Bring own container.
7. Buy bread from a bakery. Bring own bag.
8. Make own noodles, tortillas, granola, bagels, cream cheese, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.
I don’t know if I can produce zero waste, but I know I can reduce the amount of food waste we make. As I embark on this journey, I will share my recipes with you!