Low-Waste Meal: Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potato Fries, and Asparagus

I made this delicious meal tonight and the only thing that went into the trash can was the paper from the meat! I made homemade sandwich buns for the first time today and they were so yummy, fun to make, and produced no waste. I used this recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/40-minute-hamburger-buns-183081 I've really been enjoying making homemade... Continue Reading →


Waste Free Cooking: Homemade Potato Chips

Today I made homemade potato chips. They were a delicious snack that produced no trash! I often think that often people who strive to live low waste or waste free are vegan, health food connoisseurs who produce very little waste due to the type of food they eat (raw veggies, for example). I admire that... Continue Reading →

Secondhand Shopping is Environmentally Friendly

Buying secondhand is something I've always liked doing, primarily for the purpose of saving money, but there are great environmental reasons to buy things secondhand, too. If you think about it, companies and factories are constantly creating more products, continually filling our planet with more stuff. More clothes, more electronics, more knick-knacks that people buy... Continue Reading →

Speak Up About Waste Reduction

I am just one person. I am not personally going to be able to reduce the amount of trash and plastic in the ocean by any significant amount. Companies and restaurants, though, have the power to make more of a difference. I started sending emails to companies, mostly fast food restaurants, over the past couple... Continue Reading →

Thinking Through Each Meal

I Googled "waste-free meals" and "plastic-free meals" and was disappointed with the results. I really had a hard time finding actual recipes for dishes that use unpackaged food, and what I did find just was not going to work for me. It was kind of intimidating...many of the ingredients were vegetables or other foods that... Continue Reading →

Goodbye, Disposable Silverware

Disposable silverware is the worst. A petroleum product that gets used once and then thrown in the landfill. Boo. Simple solution, though: I think I will just not use disposable silverware anymore. Shouldn't be hard at all. I put my camping spork in my purse and should I find myself in a situation that involves... Continue Reading →

Pondering Public Lands and Aldo Leopold

On the same day I finished reading A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold I received my latest issue of Backpacker magazine (March 2018). This  Backpacker is special issue about protecting public land, written in light of recent political catastrophe. These two pieces of reading material now sitting on my... Continue Reading →

Cranberry Package Dilemma

This bag of cranberries was on sale at the grocery store for 50 cents, left over from Christmas. I threw them in the cart thinking I would dehydrate them...not thinking about the fact that they come in a horrible plastic mesh package. The kind you see in photographs of hopelessly ensnared fish and birds. I... Continue Reading →

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