Investing In a Greener Kitchen

Tightwad. Skinflint. Cheapskate. Penny Pincher. I’ve been called all the thrifty names in the book, and been proud of the way the reduce, reuse, and recycle mantra has fit into our family life. But what happens when it’s healthier for your home environment to spend a little money on greener products?

In my case, my decision making goes incredibly slowly. I do research, I take polls of friends, family, and greenbabyguide readers, and finally I make small decisions to replace some of our possessions with healthier alternatives.

My current pursuits include a healthier food storage system (since our decade-old plastic containers were made before there was an awareness of BPA in plastic) a greener non-stick skillet, and cloth napkins that are actually nice enough to be used by guests. Our napkin current set was purchased eleven years ago and now has faded from green and yellow to a rather dingy grey. Also, there is no way I would ever iron my napkins, but they emerge from the laundry as wrinkled messes that aren’t much fun to display.
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Packing Zero Waste Lunches

Just a few days ago I posted about my conflicted relationship with pre-packaged food. Convenience is expensive, wasteful, and sometimes really, really….convenient. Especially when it comes to packing school lunches, a chore my husband and I utterly dread.

So imagine my surprise when my son’s preschool sent home a notice asking us to exclude all single serving packaged items. What a glorious idea! Having a trash-free policy for packed lunches has a huge impact when sixty students follow it every single day. And since the kids compost and are limited to refillable drink bottles, the daily trash produced will be extremely minimal. But that means no more raisin boxes, or cheese sticks, or fruit leathers. From now on, it’s reusable containers all the way.
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