Project Green Foot- week 23

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I am very pleased with how little trash we created this past week. When we stopped at Chipotle (yes, 3 times), I was able to use my glassware every single time, and two of our stops were at restaurants we had never frequented before. After explaining the reason why we asked for our food in our glass containers, the manager at the one is San Antonio said to us “For that reason, I will take your glassware.” Thank you friendly manager in San Antonio.

Of course, while on the road we had our “on the go” goodie bag to make our no-waste run smoothly, and I also had a small bag for our compost that we brought home with us. We are almost at the half way point of Project Green Foot and I have learned how easy it can be to reduce our waste and make a difference. I am happy knowing our footprints are slowly leaving less of an impression now, no matter how small that may be! 1-PURCHASES

CSA basket

  • 2 grapefruit
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 regular potatoes
  • 1 bunch of collard greens
  • 6 small bunches of spinach
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 head of bok choy
  • 1 Chinese cabbage head (I was told)
  • 4 turnips
  • 1 beet
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 6 lbs of carrots (extra)
  • 4 dozen eggs (extra)

Sub-total: 70.00

Whole Foods

Bulk items

  • Apples (4.27 lbs)
  • Fair trade bananas (8.3  lbs)
  • Local oranges (4.88 lbs)
  • Pears (2.28 lbs)
  • 2 bunches of celery
  • Fair trade peppers (3.35 lbs)
  • Dates (2.37 lbs)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 large pieces of ginger
  • 2 pints of blueberries

Non-bulk items

  • Almond milk
  • 4 glass bottles of kombucha
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • I paper bag of tortillas chips (Non-GMO)
  • 2 loafs of honey wheat bread
  • 1 hail merry tart
  • 1 small carton of cream (for my dad and step-mom)
  • a 12 pack of beer

Sub-total: 160.00

Restaurants

  • Wednesday: J.P had his weekly lunch at Chipotle 8.50 and as well, I had Chipotle with my dad and step-mom after picking them up at the airport (I treated them to lunch) 22.68
  • Friday: We went to Chipotle for lunch 18.56 Dinner was fantastic and my dad and step-mom treated us to diner! Thanks! Free
  • Saturday: We went to Chipotle for lunch (we treated my dad and step-mom to lunch) 29.75

Sub-Total: 79.49 Non-food items

  • Car rental 52.96
  • Hotel- we were super lucky to be treated to a free hotel stay. Thanks Dad and D!

Sub-total: 52.96

Total: 362.45

2-COMPOSTING Our composting trip to Whole Foods went very smoothly this week. All I did was hand them my bag of compost in my biodegradable bag and that was it. The total weight of our compost was 12 lbs.

3-RECYCLING We purchased 2 pints of blueberries this past week that of course came pre-packaged in plastic. I gave farmer Mark all my blueberry containers from the previous weeks to reuse for berries in the future and he seemed pleased. I also gave back all our egg cartons for him to refuse. The rest of our recycling consisted of junk paper.

4-TRASH Our trash basket this week was pretty much empty. I think this is the record for best almost waste-less week. Our garbage bin comprised of a few receipts, 4 pieces of plastic from  my Kombucha bottles, and 1 piece of plastic wrap from the tempeh. I would like to add that little E’s sticker album is coming along just nicely. I personally think it looks so cute. I am not the crafty type, so I am going to have little E’s auntie to jazz up the cover of her album the next time we see her.

5-TRAVEL This week, we travelled to the little gym, whole foods, the DFW airport, Chipotle, and San Antonio. We needed to rent a SUV to travel to San Antonio because we could not all fit in my little Volkswagon. The total distance traveled on the TDI was   498 km ( 309.4 mi) and we did not need to fill it up. However, we travelled a total of 853 km (530 mi) to and from San Antonio and we filled up a total of 110 L (29.2 gallons) costing 97.46.