February 8, 2011

No Vegetable Left Behind

A photo from a sunnier time.
 Over Christmas vacation, while on the plane to Southern CA to visit our family, I came across an article in Sunset Magazine that fascinated me: a woman and her family lived without garbage. Like, they threw away a handful of garbage each year. Everything else - recycled, composted, or re-used. She was like an earth superhero - she even brought glass jars to the market to store her meat, cheese, and bulk purchases. She, her husband, and her two boys had 7 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes each. They didn't get junk mail. They shopped locally. She didn't wear more than mascara and face moisturizer. (Did I mention that they also look like a bunch of Parisian models?!)

Wow, I thought. That's amazing! And it is amazing. And true, I did feel inspired - upon arriving home I began sorting through our piles of belongings, determined to make a considerable dent and reach my ever-present goal to simplify. I began ditching plastic bags at every chance, buying items in bulk to avoid cardboard boxes (i.e. flour, cereal, dried fruit etc. from bins vs. buying them in boxes/bags), and buying our fruits and veggies bagless and throwing them together into the crisper to live happily ever after.

But I soon began to feel disheartened. I still have so much stuff. I still throw out a considerable amount of garbage. Forget shopping at a farmer's market - hello, it's Spokane in February! - and that thing about having only 7 outfits? 

Okay, so I'm realizing I have a ways to go on my environmentally friendly journey. Will I end up like this woman and her family? Probably not. But I've found happiness in the small steps I do take to living a simpler, cleaner life. 

This morning I bought a few reusable bags from the site Reuseit and I'm excited to start incorporating them into our everyday lives. We've been without plastic sandwich bags for awhile now, so getting little reusable ones will be awesome! (And Matthew will probably enjoy taking his lunch again...toting three Tupperware containers on the bus?!) I'm also excited to start using their muslin produce bags - three cheers for the eradication of crisper drawer vegetable slime!

{Go check them out - their having a HUGE sale right now on a lot of their inventory!}

What are some steps that you take to live a greener, cleaner, or simpler life?

2 comments:

  1. I read the same article. Those people are admirable, but cuckoo! Maybe they actually eat McDonald's everyday and bury their garbage in the backyard? Isn't that always the case?

    I'm just impressed that you took on the task of simplification. Cheers to you!

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  2. I know, right?! I can't believe that anyone could be that perfect...cuckoo, indeed. But inspirational none-the-less! :)

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