My inspiration for today's blog post struck Tuesday night while I was baking some blueberry muffins (see right). I really got into baking when Dan and I moved out to State College for grad school. I finally had a kitchen that I could stock with my preferred baking ingredients and equipment (including lots of my favorite rubber spatulas - Dan's family makes fun of me for those but whatevs. They are the best cooking utensil. End of story.).
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These silly neon silicone liners got me thinking about just how much waste the average American produces on any given day. Think about it: whenever we go buy something from the store, chances are you will be taking it out of the store in a plastic bag that you will more than likely just throw away later. Almost all of the food we buy, including fresh produce, is prepackaged in some way, and that way tends to be a plastic wrap or bag. [Related side note: if you have access to safe tap water, please stop buying bottled water! WHY DO PEOPLE STILL USE THESE?!] Even the bags we use to collect our pets' poop are just tossed in the garbage with everything else (unless you use some biodegradable bags. Such a clever thing you are.)
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As people who love to cook and to eat, Dan and I sometimes go a bit overboard when grocery shopping. We have always reused shopping bags, but leaks happen and when they do, it's kind of awful. Now we are complimented on our washable produce/bulk and shopping bags literally every single time we go to the grocer's (see photo above). We've got enough light in our house to grow and maintain our own herbs by starting the seeds in an AeroGarden I received from an internet stranger as a Secret Santa gift (long story...). We've also switched to buying things like spices, nuts, dried fruits, meat, and tea in bulk in an effort to reduce the amount of packaging waste we recycle (when possible).