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Stainless Steel Straws and other things from the last few days.

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.

The packaging was very wasteful though. The cardboard was imbedded with plastic and had to be thrown away. The separate plastic will be recycled.

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.

It’s good exercise and the fresh air is nice too.

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


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.


6 thoughts on “Stainless Steel Straws and other things from the last few days.

  1. I love your stainless steel straws. i picked up a few stainless glasses for my grand-children at Ikea a while back, they love them. They are only 3 so I don’t like to give them glass yet, but refuse to use plastic. There are a lot of wonderful eco products out there, but I have been trying not to order things that will be mailed, it’s a trade off and some I give in and order, but like you hate the wasted packaging that they are shipped in.

    I’m well known around family and friends as the one who will find a use for something instead of tossing it in the garbage. A few months ago my sister visited with a glass bottle of some Starbucks coffee drink. When finished she tried to toss it in the trash. After cleaning off the label it’s a beautiful vase for wildflowers.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 17, 2012, 8:28 am
    • One of the reasons I hadn’t bought permanent straws yet was because I didn’t want to order them over the internet. It was pretty cool that my MIL found them nearby 🙂
      It’s great that you stop waste in it’s tracks and reuse!

      Posted by stephanieough | May 17, 2012, 11:19 am
  2. Who knew they made stainless steel straws? Cool.

    Posted by lightlycrunchy | May 17, 2012, 9:13 am


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