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    Zero Waste Living

    Zero Waste Living

    zero waste living

    Zero waste living is  getting a lot of attention lately. The diagram above was shared on  @zerowasteliving and is a really good overview of how to clean up your kitchen.

    As we move forward with zero waste living and trying to eliminate plastic from our lives, It needs to be pointed out that we shouldn’t be going through our kitchens and throwing everything out with plastic. When the time comes to replace an item, think of the plastic free alternative.

     

    bulk shopping

     

    Here is a picture of one of my kitchen cupboards. I have had Tupperware containers for 20 plus years. They have served me well. I now take them to bulk stores to fill up when the container is empty. When I started to try to use less plastic in my kitchen a few years ago, I started using the plastic free option when I needed more containers. Mason jars are a great way to supplement bulk buying(apparently I used to pickle a lot). BeeBAGZ store dates without letting them dry out. There is no need to throw something out that you already have, but buying when you need it, plastic free options are an amazing option for you and your family. I didn’t throw every plastic bag in my house away(or recycle really) however, I have had the same box of bags and wrap since I started to use beeswax wraps and BeeBAGZ in my house. Its been almost two years, I should really Marie Condo them because they definitely don’t bring me joy, but have trouble getting rid of something that still works, maybe the restore will take them? Stay tuned...

    I also try to buy items in plastic free packaging whenever possible. Simply Organic Vanilla is one of my favourite swap outs. You don’t need as much to flavour your food so it is a double saving!

    When we say not to plastic in our kitchens, we become part of the plastic pollution solution.

    Kristi 

    Litterless Lunches

    Litterless Lunches

    There are many reasons why litterless lunches are a good thing. In addition to being much more environmentally-friendly, a proper litterless lunch plan is healthier as it cuts out pre-packaged foods which often contain higher levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat. Litterless lunches will save you money in the long run and will also teach you to be conscious about the waste you create and the food you put into your body.

    Here are some tips and tools which will help you build your litterless lunch. Even a few small changes will help you reduce waste and get you closer to a healthier lifestyle.

    Tips

    Buy larger quantities of yogurt/applesauce and dispense them into smaller, eco-friendly individual containers. Include a reusable spoon.

    Buy large bags of snacks such as pretzels or Goldfish rather than individual bags and package them into small containers or the snack-size BeeBAGZ.

    A great way to avoid packaging all together is to make your own. Try this amazing recipe for homemade granola bars: New Mama Glow Bars

    Tools

    Choose a lunch pack that is roomy enough to store all of your containers and BAGZ. You may want it to fit an ice pack as well. If shopping for a little one, make sure they can easily open, close and carry it too.

    The Beebagz Lunch Pack is a great set for packing lunches-one sandwich sized bag and two smaller snack sizes make the perfect trio. A good reusable water bottle is a great investment. Choose something that is big enough to supply you with enough water for the whole day and is comfortable to drink from. Another approach is to have a bigger insulated water bottle which kept your water cool-you can fill up a glass or smaller water bottle throughout the day.

     

    Beebagz Lunch Pack

    A good reusable water bottle is a great investment. Choose something that is big enough to supply you with enough water for the whole day and is comfortable to drink from. Another approach is to have a bigger insulated water bottle which keeps your water cool-you can fill up a glass or smaller water bottle throughout the day to sip from. 

    Utensils are another important item to consider. A good reusable set is also much nicer to use than those flimsy plastic disposable ones. You can also head to your local thrift shop and pick up some mismatched stainless steel cutlery-that way if it doesn't find it's way home it's ok! If you like straws, consider purchasing a reusable stainless steel one from your local eco-home store. You can also purchase a handy mini-brush so you can keep it clean and reuse it for years to come.

    Once you get in the groove you'll forget all about the packaged food you used to rely on-a change that is healthier for you and the planet.

    Many thanks,

    Kristi and the Hive

    Great Ideas for your BAGZ

    Great Ideas for your BAGZ

    We’ve been receiving a lot of great feedback from our users on how they best like using their BAGZ and thought we’d share a few ideas. Every time we stick another type of food in our BAGZ we are amazed at how happy it is in there!

    A few of the produce items that are having great results are: Broccoli and cauliflower (a lot less browning and no slimy mess like you may find in a plastic bag). Onion-my friend found half an onion that had been buried at the bottom of her crisper under a mountain of produce and when she pulled it out of its BeeBAGZ she said it was “fresh as a daisy”. Romaine, kale & spinach can be washed and spun and put in your BAGZ and it will be crisp and ready when you’re wanting a salad.

    Take that plastic off of your hard cheeses and watch how they thrive when they’re living in BeeBAGZ-it provides them with a great moisture moderator so no disappointing moldy mess when you reach for your favourite wedge of Parmesan or chunk of Cheddar.

    We love hearing from you so if there is a BeeBAGZ tip or use that you’ve come up with please send us a note back.

    Till next time,

    Kristi and the Hive