Thanks to my mother-in-law we are now the proud owners of six stainless steel straws. She bought them from an eco-friendly store in her town. Two are child size, two are regular size and two are smoothie size.
The straws solve a lot of waste problems in our home. From slurpees to milk shakes, we will no longer be adding straws to the waste stream. They came with a little bitty brush for cleaning.
It’s like they were made for our stainless steel kids cups. I bought the cups at Mother India on Main street in Vancouver over a year ago. They are really great and were super cheap. We bought military looking stainless steel plates with divided areas while there too. The kids like them and they are indestructible.
I stopped of at Root’s Naturals a few days ago and picked up some non-packaged bar soap. Five is enough of a stock-up for us.
While I was there I decided to try out some local milk in a glass bottle. The deposit is $1 which I gladly paid. If I don’t return it then it will make a great container. I’m the only one that drinks skim so a liter was enough. It tastes like milk and fits nicely in the fridge.
When the sun is shining the motivation to walk to pick up my oldest son from school increases. My youngest loves a ride in his stroller plus gas prices rose another 10 cents and walking is free. There are some pretty things to look at on the walk.
Also, there are some unpleasant things to look at. Note the Red Solo Cup.
My mom took our oldest son to the library. He loves to go there even though we own hundreds of kids books. We borrow books that are on the 100 books to read in Kindergarten list. He’s been read quite a lot of them now.
When our newest library opened up he won a contest. Now he thinks he might win every time he goes there! Note his special library I.D. he would wear it all day if he could. I have great childhood memories of the library and I hope my kids will too. We have a library within walking distance from our home. Now that’s zero-waste!
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor
The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre
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