My less-plastic life: straws and bags -

My less-plastic life: straws and bags

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A few weeks ago I wrote about our attempt to reduce our plastic and generally green up our lives.

I don’t want you to think that we live a throw away lifestyle. We do all the normal stuff–we recycle, compost, take cloth bags to the grocery store, buy and sell clothes at a consignment store, eat locally (when we can) and have one vehicle. We garden and walk and ride bikes around town. We aren’t perfect, but we make conscious choices and do our best.

Still, there is so much more we can do. Here are a few of the changes we’ve made in the last few weeks.

* Shopping more in bulk at the Bozeman natural foods store.
* Using less canned goods. Our canned foods are pretty much limited to tomatoes and coconut milk. Lately, I’ve been making marinara sauce, chili, soups, enchilada sauce and other tomato-based yummies with fresh tomatoes. The tomatoes come from out of town, of course, but at least they aren’t in a BPA-lined can.
* Since we eat out on Saturday nights, and the boys like to use straws with their water or milk, we bought reusable Endurance Stainless Steel Drink Staws.

Anders loves his new straws.

* I don’t want to buy my way out of this, so we are still using our plastic stuff. When it wears out, I replace it with something better. Our plastic bags have about seen the ghost, so I replaced them with organic cotton reusable produce bags.

Finn loves his new produce bags.

We are taking small steps here, but that’s how big things start.

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