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  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook Meals with Zero Plastic Waste
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some low-waste or reusable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable? Are there any items where it would be difficult to avoid plastic waste?

    LuAnn Johnson's avatar
    LuAnn Johnson 2/13/2021 9:18 AM
    Meat and dairy products , as well as liquid laundry detergent are stumbling blocks to skipping plastic. I feel less guilty, however, about  buying meat at the butcher counter (cannot compost the plastic lined paper) vs. meat packed in Styrofoam and film plastic.  I  wish I could bring a container for meat or cheese. Before COVID, a butcher offered to put the meat on a sheet of paper with price, weight that I would put in my own covered dish. IThis was nice, but saving packaging should be the normal and not the outlier. I’d also like bulk laundry detergent.  Would that not be good?  Reuse that bottle over and over?

    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 2/13/2021 10:16 AM
      I don't know what everyone's policy is now on this, but pre-pandemic I had good success getting meat and cheese in my own containers from the deli counter (but they still came with the paper :/). And I think you can get bulk laundry detergent at the co-op and/or Tare market. I've recently been using laundry tabs which I like and have heard good things about laundry sheets as well.

    • LuAnn Johnson's avatar
      LuAnn Johnson 2/14/2021 8:31 PM
      Thanks Jessie. . I did buy meat at Lunds at the deli, as you suggested.  (Once) felt odd doing that.  But perhaps if enough people do this, it would begin to be part of the normal.

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    LuAnn Johnson 1/24/2021 1:40 PM
    Dairy products are my biggest difficulty.  Yesterday I bought yogurt. I know you can make your own yogurt, but I need to buy milk which comes in a plastic container.  

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    LuAnn Johnson 1/21/2021 2:06 PM
    Today I went to the Wedge with my own bags  for bulk produce- re-used one plastic bag - and brought along some twist ties I have been saving.  The last time I bought flour was  of a messy disaster. Today I brought an old tupperware lemonade container with a tight fitting lid.  I'll put flour in a jar at home. It worked well.  I also bought fresh bulk mushrooms and avoided the styrofoam containers at the regular grocery store.  Successful outing.

    • LuAnn Johnson's avatar
      LuAnn Johnson 2/04/2021 2:38 PM
      Yes, today the Wedge had white mushrooms in bulk, as well as well as baby bellas. You are right- cauliflower is wrapped.  Wonder why.

    • julie moore's avatar
      julie moore 1/23/2021 1:04 PM
      Wedge sells mushrooms in bulk? Lakewinds used to but now it's all compostable or recyclable containers wrapped in plastic so I couldn't buy them. We will be by Wedge today so I will have to grab some!! Any ideas for cauliflower that's not wrapped?