It’s been a while since my last blog update. I’m still very much alive. To prove it, here’s a picture of a squirrel on a bike, spotted on the quad today on the way back from lunch. Wheee!
Did you know that one of our Quad Squirrels here at the University of Illinois has its own Facebook page and a hilarious Twitter feed too?
And in reference to the title, here’s a little Duran Duran to complete your day: Girls on Film.
One of the benefits to eating a lot of whole foods is less waste. We end up with about as much or more recyclables each week than trash. Here is our small-ish 35 gallon garbage tote (black), with the mostly-full-but-not-stuffed 13-gallon kitchen garbage bag that we throw out weekly. That’s usually it. I can always knot the top corners of the garbage bag, too.
Yes, I know you see that Morningstar Farms Sausage Patties box there, and it is a processed food, but I just love those little things! I’m still cleaning out the not-so-whole foods from my freezer and pantry, and working on more whole-foods and homemade alternatives. I’m not about perfection, but I imagine there could be a tempeh sausage recipe in my future.
Eating whole foods, plant foods, and cooking mostly from scratch reduces food packaging waste. I don’t even use produce bags as much as I used to, unless I’m buying small things like grapes, or purchasing in bulk. Our local food co-op allows you to bring in your own containers – neat idea! I could probably knit my own reusable produce bags out of the hemp yarn I love so much. (Did you know that hemp is one of the most awesome and versatile plants on the planet?) I have plans to reduce our bag footprint even further.