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Living on Less

A Christmas present made from reduced waste heaven.

I received my first Christmas present today. It was wrapped in a tea towel and held what I’ve been wanting for ages… stainless steel measuring cups. Just in the nick of time! Almost all of my old plastic measuring cups have been donated, recycled or thrown away over the last few months in anticipation. For some reason we have been convinced that plastic is better. Things that were always stainless steel (or glass or whatever) started to be sold in plastic versions. Sure they might be a little cheaper but they need to be replaced more often than the originals. This set of measuring cups will last me a lifetime if they are properly taken care of.It was very thoughtful of my gift giver to wrap it in a usable item. Lots of Christmas wrapping paper is thrown away each year.  Most paper is virgin and bleached which is very wasteful. A step up from traditional wrap is recycled wrap (it doesn’t need to be shiny to be festive). I tend to save bags from years past and just reuse them. Here’s a link to a blog post about a mom who never buys wrap. She just keeps reusing wrapping paper given to her. http://stuffkoreanmomslike.blogspot.com/2008/03/34-saving-wrapping-paper.html Whichever way people choose to wrap the gifts they give, I just want people to think about why they do it that way and ask themselves if there is maybe a better option.

So, a big thank you to my gift giver and goodnight all!

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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