Reduce the waste by making your own. A few years ago, I started taking a solid look at what we use most in the kitchen. Turns out we are addicted to nut milk and nut butter.
Looking at health instead of waste made it easy to ignore the impact my food preferences were having on the environment. Buying the "healthier option" aka non-dairy milk seemed better, after all, I wasn't buying those big plastic jugs. Unfortunately, those cartons that nut milk come in are NOT recyclable, so really; what difference is there?
So, upon reflection of how I could better "balance" the healthy choice with my care of the environment, I knew the best option was to make nut milk at home. I could easily use a glass jar and refill it - forever...never having to throw away another carton.
BUT -- could I really do it?
Make my own milk, every week!
At the time we were going through 2 -3 cartons a week. That seemed like a lot of work I was going to have to do to keep up without nutty addiction.
Instead of over thinking it, I ordered a "nut bag".
Yes, it's called a"nut bag" and each time I told my husband about my conceived efforts, he giggled.
I'm not sure if he was laughing at me or the thought of me using a nut bag regularly. First, I had to explain what a nut bag was and that it would not come between us! LOL
I used that nut bag for years...and many times I hated it!
Honestly, I didn't need MORE to do in my life, I needed my life to be easier BUT also I didn't want my habits to cause more harm to the environment aka waste.
I already had wrist issues and squeezing that nut bag several times a week grew old REALLY QUICK!
Soon, hubby started helping out. I would soak and blend the nuts and he would squeeze.
The end result is we were doing something together, as little as it was, togetherness breeds conversation and laughter which leads to closeness.
I won't say the nut bag brought us closer together, we've always had a great relationship - it did bring out new conversations.
We talked about our food habits and how we could improve them. We talked about making changes we could both live with and feel like it was good for us and the planet.
Hope you enjoyed this true story.
xo Angie Ringler