What I Bought: Bamboo Brushes and More Plastic Than I'd Like...

Time for another round of "what I bought"! This past week was BUSY and I struggled to make all of the stops necessary to shop plastic-free entirely... but I'm refusing to let myself feel badly about the plastic-wrapped veggies that I purchased for conveniences' sake. Instead, I'm choosing to focus on the crazy small amounts of trash that Andrew and I have been generating (composting and recycling are amazing!) compared to our old habits. And the fact that I made a batch of homemade deodorant this week + a bunch of from-scratch vegan meals. Balance, balance. And recognizing that baby steps in the right direction are okay. 

I have been loving the HUGE Minnesota-grown apples that are in stores right now. They're the size of both of my fists put together. I "invented" a delicious breakfast recipe by cutting each apple in half, scooping out most of the flesh, and whirring it in the food processor for a minute with a half cup of oats, a scant tablespoon of maple syrup, and some flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and shredded coconut. Stuff the mixture back into the apple shells and bake until the apple is beginning to soften. so good! 

Andrew and I both needed new toothbrushes, so I ordered a few from Brush With Bamboo. They come in minimal packaging and can be recycled and composted when they reach the end of their life cycles. I also picked up a shampoo bar to try, in an attempt to go completely plastic-free within my hygiene routine. My friend Hanna recommended this brand and I'm excited to give it a try! If It's not a successful experiment, though, I won't feel too disappointed to go back to my normal Afflia shampoo and conditioner- the bottles are recyclable, the products are fair trade, and they're free of any nasty ingredients or additives. 

I found out this week that my county recycles tetra-pack containers (like the ones that you'd usually purchase almond milk or broth in)- which is good news because I don't know if I'll ever start making my own coconut milk... 

Here's my not-so-great purchases: Quite a bit of plastic, and even some "convenience greens" that I didn't need to buy (it really doesn't take that long for me to tear up my own kale...). 

The only thing that I can think of that's missing here is the lettuce wrap I ordered from Jimmy Johns today. I figure it's pretty low-impact for fast food- you can order a veggie wrap, lettuce instead of bun, wrapped in paper... right? 

Until next week!