It is vacation season and we have our eye out for bulk candy stores!
On our resent trip to Florida, we found a new candy store with literally hundreds of sweet options, all without packaging!
We brought two plastic containers from our host home and ran around filling them with an assortment of treats we wanted to try. Most bulk stores will weight the empty container first and then subtract the weight when you return to the counter with your goodies.
This place made our hearts dance.
Cheers to sweets in bulk
Cheers to summer and adventures
Cheers to friends and everything good in this world
Our adventure to Abbott’s Candy Shop was not trash-free but my nephew went around and collected all the paper wrappers and gave them to me “for the composter”. I was tickled to death that he remembered, helped out and in doing so, encouraged my crazy project!
When heading to the beach I try to minimize what I carry in order to walk lighter and to soak up more. Here is a little sneaky peeky of what I carry…
I recently bought one at a thrift shop for $2. It is attractive. It can easily dry out because the fibers can breath.
*AND it can zip!*
It doubles as our bathroom bag when we are traveling to our destinations and then transforms into our beach bag when we unpack.
One water bottle
I bought it at a rummage sale for $1.
It is glass, not plastic. We are cool with sharing and it fits perfectly into my purse/bathroom bag/beach bag.
This is a new one for me. We both tan easily so I never wore it. Lately I am becoming aware of the sun’s after effects and broke down and started using it.
I have had this bottle for over 7 years. When it runs out we will be making our own to avoid the trash. I already have a few recipes I want to try out.
I can order pizza from the beach and photography the craziness we get into.
Hours of fun have been sparked by just this one item.
It is a magnet to fun.
Just dig a hole at the water’s edge and let the little ones play in the pools of water that form after a wave.
One time a counted a dozen little beach friends!
I sometimes find the idea of sitting on the beach, listening to music and drinking something sweet and cold to be attractive, but right now it only happens in my head.
In our season of life this works.
It fits our personalities.
I am sure as Cubby grows our list of things we bring, and do not bring, will change.
Nothing ever stays the same.
Nothing is suppose too.
We just need to ride the wave we are on now and be ready to take up the next one in its time.
…and who knows, maybe someday I will own a cooler.
Cheers to sunshine.
Cheers to simplifying our stuff to amplify our fun.
Recently we traveled back to my hometown. Our dear friends are living there again and they have generously opened their home to us to visit when we can. It is a delight to be in their company and a joy to revisit favorite childhood spots.
I do not want to carry more than I need. I want to send every free moment feeling present and alive, not checking, organizing and worrying about my stuff.
Slowly, I am perfecting my needs and smoothing out my travel.
Slowly, I am letting go of what I “might need”.
4 outfits (plan do a load of laundry mid week or wear everything twice)
Swimsuit and sunglasses
Wallet (only the cards I need)
Phone and charger
Water bottle and snacks
(seriously, I am a Ross and my daughter is 1/2 Ross…we do not go anywhere without food)
The best part is our bags fit under the plane seat in front of us.
I read books she owns.
If we forget something, she probably can help us out.
For example, we needed a toenail clipper and a bandaid after the pavement jumped up and bit Cubby’s toe.
My friend came to the rescue.
I experimented with converting a purse to a bathroom bag this trip. Then when we made it to our destination, we unpacked and it became our beach bag.
This worked out perfectly!
I use to believe I needed to bring something home from every trip in order to remember.
I use to bring sea shells home.
I use to bring patches home to sew onto my backpack.
I hold my memories in my mind and heart.
That is all I need.
By daughter brings one item home, and that is totally okay with me. She feels she needs it to remember.
Cheers to opening up space for making memories.
Cheers to almost having my packing list perfected.
To minimize my waste production while traveling I packed a water bottle, lunchbox/takeout container, produce bags and handkerchief everyday before setting out to sightsee. If I hadn’t packed these items I still could have used the restaurant’s compostable flatwear, boxes, bags and napkins. I would just rather uses a washable, reusable set whenever possible because it does take energy to produce and compost the biodegradable items.
I also downloaded my boarding pass to my phone in order to avoid the paper version. This little step simplified my life so I didn’t have to rummage through my bag to find my pass. I know this is super simple but I like having one less thing to keep track of.
I did however make a little bit of trash while taking in the sights of the new town. Here is what will be entering my trash jar…
A bundle of carrots were calling my name at the Farmer’s Market. I probably should have offered the twisty tie back to the owner of the booth. I bet they could have reused it.
To get to and from the airport I had to purchase a ticket for the Light Rail. The only options available were a One Way or a One Day Pass. For this reason, I don’t understand why the ticket had to be on shiny plastic coated paper. Even if you bought the One Day Pass you could not have accidentally wash it. If they were made from paper, I could have composted the ticket. The transfer tickets on the city bus however are compostable, so I deposited several into the bin to be transformed into soil for the garden.
*I incorporated the Light Rail tickets into gift bows yesterday so these will not be in my trash jar! Eventually they will end up in a landfill, but I will prolong their life for awhile.
During the Solstice Celebrations, my cousin took me to a local, very popular brewery in the neighborhood. It was very tasty and entertaining. I was however a little bummed that they required us wear wrist bands. Their cups were compostable however there wristbands are not. I decided to send it back to the brewery with a polite little note, suggesting an alternative of a hand stamp. Buying a few stamps versus routinely buying wristbands will more than likely save them money. And it’s Seattle, they might adapt their ways simply to lower their trash production and lighten their impact. It’s worth a try.
*This band will not be in my trash jar but eventually it will make it to a landfill.
I used a lot of calamine lotion which is in a recyclable/downcyclable bottle. I also used cotton swabs to apply it. These are probably safe to compost in a city facility. The box of poison ivy treatment is not compostable or recyclable however I think I know how I will reuse it and prolong its life and function.
I also had to use a lot of benedril to survive the allergic reaction the the steroid I was given. That was not fun.at.all. I’ll eventually downcycle the bottle.
That is it.
It was crazy easy to live trash free this week. I hope this community can influence change in other cities and states.
Seattle, Washington is crazily devoted to lowering their impact on the environment, causing me to crazily fall in love with the city. It was unbelievably easy to avoid making trash. When I did come across an item that was meant to be used and thrown away, it was made out of compostable materials with a bin labeled for its collection, thus making it truly disposable. This.is.sexy.
So, I started a list of all of Seattle’s goodness and thought that I might share it with you. I use the words “always” and “everyone” and “never”. Obviously these words are unrealistic and bias to use to describe everyone and everything in a big city but I am going to use them anyway, I am sure if you try hard enough you can prove me wrong but I don’t care. I love Seattle!
* they organize their trash
* everyone composts
* everyone know what composting means and what is compostable and if you don’t know if your item is compostable, stores provide a educational poster to help you out
* water everywhere
* mountains, sailboats and water in the same view
* liberal bumper stickers
* local breweries
* never saw a box store or chain restaurant other than Starbucks **correction: I did see a few chainstores downtown on the last day. Neighborhoods keep with locally owned cafes and stores
* “trash police” come by and check garbage cans to insure that the correct things are going in the correct bins in order to avoid gunking up the recycling process
* farmers markets are year round
* it is unbelievably easy to not make trash
* restaurants serve side dishes in washable, resumable dishes
* they celebrate the solstice
* people know that the solstice is
* tons of creative people in one spot
* local hard cider
* bike lanes
* everyone owns a bike
* plastic bags at banned and no one acts like this is a hardship
* all takeout containers are biodegradable
* every restaurant has multiple meatless meals
* no one seems to be bothered by the continuous hills needed to be climbed to reach any destination
* it’s the norm to bring your own bag when you go shopping
* everyone seems to be passionate about a cause
* local mini libraries
* no one complains about the weather
*everyone must have a degree in sustainable landscaping
* no one waters their grass
* every local I met is very friendly and helps when it comes to figuring out the bus system
* my cousin lives here
* a former student, friend and fellow artist lives here
* everyone uses reusable produce bags
* fresh, local cherries
* gardens everywhere
* grass lawns are not cool
* native wild flowers are cool
* everyone walks, everyone is in shape
* never saw a styrofoam cup
* beer is on tap at every restaurant
* of course beer is served on Sundays
* fresh flowers can be purchased wrapped in paper, not plastic
* community gardens in every neighborhood
* feeding ducks stale bread is frowned upon- of course it is, bread is a pollinate and totally not in the best interest of the duck’s health
* signs are posted explaining why feeding ducks in not cool and why stale bread is a pollutant…I am still chuckling about this
* draw bridges remind me of growing up I Florida
* organic, fair trade coffee is the norm
* community gardens are everywhere
* evenings are chilly and mornings are crisp
* my cousin’s office has every type of coffee possible available, all.the.time.
* my cousin’s partner has a dozen beers on tap at her employment
* restaurants take pride in using local ingredients
* I saw more then one dad “baby wearing”. That is beyond attractive.
* straws are compostable
* stirring sticks are wooden thus compostable
* they do not use salt on the streets in the winter thus avoiding contaminating the water
* riding public transportation is and educational experience in diversity and adds a bit of humor to the day
…I am sure I forgot something…