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Reducing waste by reducing packaging

We are a granola (bar) family.

Okay, granola bars are not the healthiest thing in the world, even if they are homemade, but my 5-year-old loves them. He’s a very picky eater who’s underweight so we let him eat a granola bar or two a day just to make sure some whole grains and calories get pumped into him. In Canada, we are lucky if we can find the type he eats on sale. The best price is 5 boxes for $10. Each box has 6 bars. On my last visit to America I found un-boxed granola bars. 10 bars for $2. Same brand. The American Rip n’ Go version has 8g of whole grains, no high fructose corn syrup and the packaging uses 14% less packaging than the traditional box. I feel ripped off. Hey Quaker Canada wake up and spread your revolution already!! If we no longer had granola bar boxes in our recycling every week it would make a difference. It makes me want to go cross-border shopping more often.

There is still the issue of all the granola bar wrappers in the recycling but my son is incredibly picky and rarely likes my homemade version of anything. I will be attempting to make homemade granola bars though and try to convince J to eat them. I’ll let you know how it goes.

On another note – my IUD has been “up and running” for the last few weeks. I’m happy. Life is simpler.


“Reduce the complexities of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale


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.



  1. Pingback: My attempt at homemade granola bars (similar to Quaker). « stephaniegetsridofhercrap - May 4, 2012

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