Green Challenge: Reduce Week 2

For more information about this challenge see the intro post and week 1.

Life, Love, Green

So how are you guys doing? Did you buy anything this week?

Confessions:

~I had to look through my bank records I honestly couldn’t remember anything and I was right, I bought nothing this week!

Success:

~I wanted so badly to go to our local green living store….its green so its ok right? No green things are still manufactured, still use resources, still have to be shipped and if you don’t need them then they are still a waste.

Tips:

~Not buying things isn’t the only way to reduce your impact, buying local and with less packaging. One great place to do this isย  your local farmers market Check out my buys from last weekend

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Do you see that jar in the middle that is Anna Lisa Pasta Sauce here is the best part:

Do you see it? Right there at the top? If you return the jar to her she will credit your next purchase $1.00 plus the jar is reused which is way better than recycled! Check out more about her amazing sauce here : http://solocodesign.com/sauceannalisa/

~Another good way to reduce your impact when food shopping (which is necessary) is to use cloth produce bags. There is a trick to this however, see through is best and different sized bags make life a whole lot easier.

Giveaway Item

This brings me to my first item that will be included in the Reduce Challenge Giveaway, a set of purple produce bags from Love for Earth! Its easy to get entered in this giveaway, just comment on any of the Challenge posts (one comment per post) and let me know what you are doing to reduce your impact! At the end of the challenge I will draw a name.ย So come on and join in!

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5 comments on “Green Challenge: Reduce Week 2

  1. I hate to admit it but I’ve been shopping this week…and not just for a few things but for a lot of things. I’ve been bad ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t help it though since there were a few household items that I needed to get from the US and the only way we can buy them is if I ordered them online and had a 3rd party shipping company ship it to us. Because they charge a fee for their services, I always have to buy a bunch of other stuff in order to make it worth it. So I shopped for stuff…. But at least this only happens a 3-4 times a year!

    I love the jar returning idea. We sort of have something similar with milk shops. You can buy milk that comes in a glass bottle and when you’re done, you can return them to the store so that they can clean and reuse them again.

    A lot of the markets here also encourage the use of cloth bags, or eco bags. Unfortunately, many food companies still feel the need to individually package every item in a package of food. I once bought a bag of gummi candy and when I opened it up, each and every single gummi was packaged in its own plastic bag. Talk about a waste!

  2. So excited to try and win the produce bag because I hate using those darn plastic ones and I try not to if I don’t have to but one little thing I do is use my own shopping bags. Not just at the grocery but all stores. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Found you from Hop. You have a great blog and I’m a new follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Looking forward to following this challenge. That’s awesome that you didn’t buy anything. That’s my aim too…at least buy as little as possible! I ‘m learning to make all kinds of things for myself. It’s fun, cheaper, and greener. I’ve got lots to learn. I NEED to go to our farmer’s market!!! We have a Whole Foods nearby and it’s just easier. I hope to go next week. I’m cooking as much as possible from scratch so we only need very basics.

  4. Can I come to your house for supper. I loved the stuff you bought at the farmers market!!!! I take my own bags for general groceries and now have a roll up shopping bag in my purse for other kinds of impromptu purchases. But I still NEED produce bags!!!

  5. We shop at a local food co-op and bring our own bags. Besides reducing waste, we also get a bean for each bag that we bring. The co-op has cubbies for different local causes (wildlife habitat, for example). You put your bean in your favorite cubby and they donate a certain amount per bean each quarter. We also bring back our small plastic bags or glass/plastic containers for bulk items and we bring back our egg cartons to reuse, too.

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