Coming up for Air

The past month or so I’ve been working like crazy at the office and haven’t had much time for fun stuff like eating, reading, and making. Please forgive the radio silence! It hasn’t been a complete black-out, though…

I spent an awesome day at Natural Products Expo West, I baked a berry pie for Pi Day, I worked on a gift for a friend’s toddler (which was supposed to be a gift when she was born!), and I enjoyed our local farmers market a couple of times.

IMG_6858The awesome folks at Beyond Meat! #expowest

IMG_6861Hard to believe it’s March, isn’t it? Anaheim Convention Center. #expowest

IMG_6863I loved seeing this Certified Vegan label on booths at the Expo! #expowest

IMG_6867Coconut Bliss was serving up delicious samples!

IMG_6870I was happy to see this Rainforest Alliance Certified Palm Oil label on many of my favorite products. It’s not a perfect certification, and I would like to go palm oil-free, but it’s a step in the right direction.

IMG_6880So Delicious had a great booth with hand-lettered chalkboard signs. Pretty typography and excellent vegan foods? Swoon! #expowest

IMG_6881These frappuccinos for the vegan crowd were delicious. Sugar coma, here I come. #expowest

IMG_6882I want one of these dispensers at my house! BTW, cashew milk is GOOD. #expowest

IMG_6886I raved about this chocolate bar so much, the kind folks at Endangered Species Chocolate gave me a whole bar to take home! #expowest

IMG_6887I love these wine glasses by LifeFactory. They are going on my wish list. #expowest

IMG_6889Hello, Gardein! Love you! #expowest

IMG_6892This had to be the biggest surprise of the day — vegan cheesecake, made with Daiya cream cheese. It’s the closest thing to “real” cheesecake I’ve had since going vegan. Truly delicious. #expowest

IMG_6894I really love Field Roast. These lovely ladies helped dish up two new Field Roast offerings — a maple breakfast sausage and a veggie burger. Both were excellent. #expowest

IMG_6898The day after #expowest, I visited the Hollywood Farmers Market and ran across this lovely display.

IMG_6906Very (messy) Berry Pie for Pi Day!

IMG_6926Brunch at Sage Vegan Bistro in Echo Park. This was the special — a soyrizo frittata with tofu, soyrizo, Daiya, spinach, and onions.

IMG_6930Name banner for Fay! F is for flamingo, A is for armadillo, and Y is for yak. It’s not finished (it needs backing and a ribbon for hanging it), but I couldn’t resist sharing it at this point. Look at the cute yak! He’s my favorite.

Now we’re all caught up, and I can dive back into the report I’m writing for work. Wish me luck!

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Working Toward Zero Waste

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I had a nice exchange on Facebook the other day with a friend of a friend about how to reduce the amount of trash we generate. It was in response to an NPR story in which we heard that the average American generates seven pounds of trash PER DAY. That’s such a shocking number, it almost doesn’t seem possible.

I commented on the FB post about my recent efforts to get a little bit closer to Zero Waste at home, and thought I’d share our current strategies here as well, for anyone who’s interested.

1) Buy secondhand. (No packaging!) Clothes, bags, linens… I buy all of these secondhand. (Well, except for undies, bras, socks and swimsuits.)

2) Don’t use disposables. No plastic or paper plates, cups, straws, take-out containers, etc. I bring the following with me when I leave the house (yeah, I carry a big bag):

–cotton napkins and/or bandana

–stainless steel water bottle *or*

–stainless steel coffee mug

–stainless steel fork and spoon

If I’m going out to eat and I think I’ll have leftovers, I try to remember to bring a stainless steel tiffin or an older piece of Tupperware (I don’t buy new plastic, but still use some older plastic storage containers). If I forget to bring a container for leftovers, sometimes I’ll ask for my leftovers to be wrapped in aluminum foil or a paper container, as these can be recycled or composted. I no longer take any plastic disposables at all.

3) Don’t bring home plastic bags with your groceries. Not only do I bring my canvas bags for carrying my groceries, but I use small canvas draw-string and mesh bags for all of my produce, bulk grains/beans, nuts, dried fruit, etc. I have even started buying the following in bulk: sugar, flour, salt, nutritional yeast, oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, and dish soap. I’ve tried to eliminate as much plastic from my grocery shopping as possible — but it hasn’t been easy. There are a lot of things I haven’t been able to find in bulk yet — like pasta, olive oil, and pretzels.

It’s an ongoing journey, but it’s fun and I feel good about the changes I’ve been able to implement with just a little foresight and planning.

Resources:

Zero Waste Home

My Plastic Free Life

5GYRES (founded by our friend Anna and her husband Marcus)

Zero Waste Alliance

No Impact Project

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